Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- Just a couple of nights after Clay City hit just 2-of-17 shots from 3-pointe range against Vincennes Rivet, the Eels found their stroke much to the dismay of visiting Linton in a 91-22 rout.
The Eels knocked home 11-of-26 shots from beyond the arc, forced 36 turnovers by the Miners and placed four players in double-figures in improving to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the SWIAC Conference. The Miners fell to 0-7 on the season.
The first few minutes of the game signaled good things to come for the Eels as Madison Booe was red hot from the opening tip, hitting all five of her shots in the opening period and all three of her shots from 3-point range.
"She's a very capable shooter, she's a very good shooter. Tonight was a good night for her," Eels' coach Chris Ames said. "Hopefully that gets her some more confidence. We want to be a team all along and be difficult to guard. When (Madison) hit some shots tonight, (Linton) had to come out and guard her and that opened up things for other people. I think we had four players in double-figures tonight and we had a different person step up, which is what we need."
The Eels used Booe's 13-point opening quarter to put the pedal to the floor against the Miners, who started four sophomores and a junior against the senior dominated Clay City squad. Clay City was able to open up a 23-2 gap over the opening eight minutes as Linton committed nine turnovers in each of the first two periods.
Meanwhile, Ames was happy to see his team start hitting from outside as Booe (4), Allie Miller (3), Carmela Roeschlein (2), Abby Reed (1) and Brielle Drelick (1) all hit a 3-pointer.
Clay City also got plenty of players into the scoring mix as Roeschlein scored 10 of her 25 points in the second period and Miller sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter on the way to 14 points. Drelick was in foul trouble early against the Miners, but still managed to post 17 points and six boards. Miller snagged a game-high 11 rebounds for an Eels' squad that needed to work on playing physical after being outrebounded in both of their last two games, each of them losses.
"We went after the boards tonight, we just did a lot of good things," Ames said. "I thought our defense was really good. Callie Dayhuff does a great job defensively off the bench for us. She doesn't get a lot of credit, but she's in the right place a lot of the time for us creating turnovers. I thought we shared the ball really well too. People were just being great teammates tonight."
Michaela Riggs got the start in the post for the Eels and came through with a six-point, eight-rebound night against the Miners.
"She's been playing really well her last three games have been very good. I thought she played well against Riverton Parke and (Vincennes) Rivet," Ames said of his 5'9 senior forward. "She's getting more comfortable, she's finishing and getting fouled, getting to the line. That's what we need her to do, fly around. I think she had a block or two tonight. A night like tonight you get a chance to look at different combinations."
In the second half, Clay City substituted liberally and spread out the scoring load as Abby Reed nailed a 3-pointer as part of her five points. Miller added six points and seven rebounds in the third quarter alone. Logan Ellinger stepped in late to score a bucket and Alex Wolfe played well in solid minutes with five rebounds.
The Eels are back in action on Monday against North Central (Farmersburg) at 6 p.m.
At Clay City
Johnson 1-5 2-2 5, Parker 2-7 0-0 5, Gadberry 3-11 2-2 8, Neighbors 0-0 0-0 0, Shafford 0-5 1-2 1, Booe 0-3 3-6 3, Bowman 0-0 0-0 0, Irvin 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 6-32 8-12 22.
Clay City (91)
Roeschlein 10-19 3-4 25, Drelick 8-12 0-0 17, Reed 2-5 0-0 5, Riggs 2-5 2-4 6, Booe 7-10 2-2 20, Dayhuff 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 5-11 0-1 14, Wolfe 0-2 0-0 0, Decker 0-0 0-0 0, Ellinger 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 36-70 8-11 91.
3-point fieldgoals -- Ln 2-7 (Johnson 1-3, Parker 1-3, Gadberry 0-1), CC 11-26 (Booe 4-7, Miller 3-7, Roeschlein 2-5, Drelick 1-2, Dayhuff 0-2, Reed 1-3). Total Rebounds -- Ln 22 (Johnson 4), CC 40 (Miller 11, Riggs 8, Drelick 6). Team Rebounds -- Ln 8, CC 3. Total Fouls -- Ln 12, CC 14. Fouled out -- CC (Drelick). Turnovers -- Ln 36, CC 11.