Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The Class A 14th-ranked Clay City Eels outgunned a young North Central (Farmersburg) squad by a score of 106-15 on Monday night.
The big story of the night was senior guard Carmela Roeschlein, who surpassed Whitney McWilliams career scoring record with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Roeschlein poured in 43 points on 17-of-23 shooting from the field and it was her 33rd point of the game that gave her the career mark of 1,235. She was awarded a game ball by coach Chris Ames before sitting out the final quarter of the contest.
"It was a big night. We wanted her to break the record at home," Ames said. "She's been a big part of our program, she's a hard worker and a very good teammate. We wanted her to get off to a good start and she did that tonight. I don't think she really wanted to stop the game to present it, but we asked if maybe we could do it at the end of a quarter and it was fine with her. I think that speaks volumes of her."
Though the scoring mark was within reach against the winless Thunderbirds, Roeschlein looked for her teammates early on as classmate Brielle Drelick was red hot in the first quarter, hitting all eight of her shots from the field.
"Brielle played a really good game. She got us off to a quick start, flying around, getting the ball and looking up and getting to the basket. She had a career-high tonight. She was just very active tonight."
Drelick scored 17 points in the opening period, hitting her jumpers as well as lay-ins created off turnovers. The Eels stopped pressing quickly as they built a cushion and settled into man-to-man defense the remainder of the game. However, Drelick, who had a career mark of 40 points in the win, watched her teammates find success as she spent much of the second quarter on the bench.
"Sometimes I may sound like a broken record, but not only (Drelick and Roeschlein), but their teammates were looking for each other," Ames said. "Carmela had five assists and (Brielle) Drelick had six assists tonight. Their teammates are unselfish too. They knew how many points Carmela needed and they made sure she got it and that speaks volumes of them too."
North Central, which started two freshmen and two sophomores along with senior Ashley Hall, had trouble with the Eels' defense, committing 43 turnovers, which didn't help their cause.
The Eels shot 66 percent (35-of-53) through three quarters and 57 percent (41-of-72) for the game.
The junior varsity contest was won by the Eels, 47-37, as Logan Ellinger had 18 points. Kylee Truax had 11 points, Ashley Linton added eight, Kaleigh Decker tallied six with both Emmie Kittle and Mahayle Durga adding two.
Clay City (6-3 overall, 4-0 SWIAC) hits the road to Union (Dugger) on Thursday night before competing in the Toby Yoho Tourney at Eastern Greene following Christmas. The Union contest is a varsity only game at 6:30 p.m.
At Clay City
North Central (15)
Gilliam 1-2 0-1 2, Carrio 0-1 0-0 0, Netherlain 1-2 0-0 2, Hall 1-3 1-4 3, Evans 2-6 0-0 4, Houser 0-0 0-1 0, Boyll 0-1 1-2 1, Street 1-4 0-1 2, Pritchard 0-0 0-0 0, Goetz 0-4 1-4 1. Totals: 6-23 1-4 15.
Clay City (106)
Roeschlein 17-23 4-5 43, Drelick 17-25 7-10 41, Reed 3-5 2-5 8, A.Miller 3-7 2-2 9, Booe 1-4 0-4 2, Dayhuff 0-2 0-0 0, Wolfe 1-1 1-2 3, Decker 0-0 0-1 0, Dayhuff 0-2 0-0 0, Decker 0-0 0-1 0, Truax 0-3 0-0 0, Linton 0-0 0-0 0, C.Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 42-71 16-29 106.
3-point fieldgoals -- NC 0-1 (Boyll 0-1), CC 6-21 (Roeschlein 5-12, A.Miller 1-2, Drelick 0-1, Dayhuff 0-1, Booe 0-2, Truax 0-3). Total Rebounds -- NC 20 (Evans 6, Hall 4), CC 37 (A.Miller 8, Riggs 6, Drelick 5). Team Rebounds -- NC 3, CC 1. Total Fouls -- NC 21, CC 17. Fouled out -- NC (Evans), CC (Reed). Turnovers -- NC 43, CC 11.