Times Sports Editor
CLOVERDALE -- The Clay City Eels didn't suffer any let down after a four-game trip through the Toby Yoho Tourney over the holidays.
The Eels harassed home standing Cloverdale into 14 turnovers in the middle two quarters on the way to a 61-22 road victory on Monday night.
Clay City gave the Clovers fits during the second and third quarters as the Eels got into the passing lanes and didn't allow Cloverdale to find much of any rhythm at the offensive end. Consequently, the Clovers shot just 24-percent (10-of-42) from the field and were held in single-digit scoring through each of the first three quarters.
Clay City missed its first nine shots from the field, scoring only on a pair of free throws from senior Abby Reed and one from Brielle Drelick. However, the Eels were stubborn on the defensive end of the court and didn't allow Cloverdale to get on the board until 1:12 remained in the opening period. At that point, Clay City had opened up a 9-2 lead and continued to build upon that gap.
"We were getting after it a little bit and reading the passing lanes really well," Clay City coach Chris Ames said. "Again, several times we looked up, drove the ball, kicked it (out). We started the second half with two threes and several people got some good looks from 3-point (range) and that opened up the driving lanes too."
High-scoring senior Carmela Roeschlein didn't attempt a shot in the first quarter, but no matter, Drelick got hot quick and scored seven of her game-high 19 points in the opening eight minutes.
The Eels looked to get the ball into the post early in the game and Reed battled inside to score seven of her 11 points before halftime and Michaela Riggs snatched five of her nine boards before break.
Leading 34-6 at halftime, Clay City added a 23-point quarter in the third as Cloverdale turned the ball over seven times and the Eels hit 8-of-13 from the field and all five free throws. Roeschlein tallied 12 of her 14 points in the third period, Miller added a field goal and Riggs scored a pair of buckets.
The Eels cleared their bench for the final four minutes of the game and the Clovers got jumpers from Amillia Nally and Sydney Shrum, who also had a game-high 14 boards. Paige Gruener nailed a 3-pointer as Cloverdale had its most success in the final period with 11 points.
The Clay City junior varsity improved to 6-2 this season with a 53-11 victory led by a balanced scoring effort. Logan Ellinger topped the list with 14 points followed by 13 from Mahayle Durga. Emmie Kittle tallied seven, Kylee Truax added five and Ashley Linton, Wolfe and Kaleigh Decker each had four.
The Eels improve to 10-5 overall and are off until Jan. 9 when the Eels travel to Owen Valley.
Clay City (61)
Roeschlein 4-8 5-6 14, Drelick 8-17 3-6 19, Reed 3-8 5-6 11, A.Miller 2-4 0-0 4, Booe 2-8 0-0 6, Dayhuff 0-2 0-0 0, Riggs 2-6 0-0 4, Wolfe 1-1 1-2 3, Decker 0-1 0-0 0, Ellinger 0-2 0-0 0, Durga 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-57 14-20 61.
Gruener 2-10 0-0 5, Nally 2-3 1-2 5, Shrum 2-6 0-0 4, Skiles 0-5 0-0 0, Fulkerson 0-5 0-0 0, Sinks 3-7 0-0 6, Wellington 0-1 0-0 0, Walters 1-3 0-0 2, A.Clark 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-42 1-2 22.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 3-14 (Roeschlein 1-3, Booe 2-4, Drelick 0-2, Reed 0-3, Dayhuff 0-1, Ellinger 0-1), CL 1-8 (Gruener 1-2, Wellington 0-1, Skiles 0-5). Total Rebounds -- CC 34 (Riggs 9, Drelick 7, A.Miller 4), CL 35 (Shrum 14). Team Rebounds -- CC 2, CL 5. Total Fouls -- CC 7, CL 15. Fouled out -- CL (Nally). Turnovers -- CC 7, CL 24.