Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- As the regular season winds down for girls' basketball around the state, the Clay City Eels still have some unfinished business to take care of, namely adding a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference title to its resume.
Eels' coach Chris Ames was mostly happy with his team's effort as Clay City led 42-16 after three quarters before the Cardinals narrowed the gap against the Eels' reserves in the final quarter.
"I thought for three-and-a-half quarters we played pretty well," Ames said. "We tried a lot of different things tonight defensively and we were able to adjust on the fly, which is what we're trying to do to mix things up. I thought offensively we mixed some things up as well with some different lineups and I thought we executed really well at times. We had some weak passes at times, but I thought we came out in the third quarter and really got after it."
Clay City led 25-13 at halftime, but opened the gap with an 11-0 run sparked by the Eels' defense forcing seven turnovers in the quarter.
Michaela Riggs opened the scoring with a lay-in off an ice assist from Carmela Roeschlein and Brielle Drelick, who had a game-high 23 points, scored off a feed from Madison Booe. A steal and a lay-in by Drelick pushed the advantage to 33-13 and Roeschlein capped the run with a 3-pointer and a 36-13 lead by Clay City.
After the dust cleared in the period, the Eels had outscored Bloomfield 17-3 to put the game out of reach. Allie Miller was tough on the boards, grabbing three in the pivotal third stanza and 11 for the game. Alex Wolfe contributed seven rebounds and two points off the bench.
"I thought for the first three quarters we controlled the boards and got some offensive boards as well," Ames said. "(Bloomfield) had a lot of one and done shots. We were really flying around to the basketball and really wanting it and that's what you want to see this time of year."
A driving lay-in by Roeschlein to open the fourth quarter was followed by an offensive rebound and putback by Britney Pinnick, who topped the Cardinals with 12 points. Taylor Gilmore added a pair of free throws sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Drelick to cap her evening.
With Clay City ahead 47-20, the Eels began to empty their bench and Bloomfield's starters took advantage to make a 13-2 run to narrow the final margin. Pinnick had seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter.
In the junior varsity game, Clay City got a game-high 17 points from Logan Ellinger on the way to a 42-25 victory.
Wolfe had eight points, Mahayle Durga and Claire Miller each had six points as the Eels improved to 8-2 this season.
Clay City improves to 12-5 overall and travels to North Daviess on Monday night at 6 p.m.
At Clay City
Clay City (49)
Roeschlein 4-10 1-2 10, Drelick 11-21 0-0 23, Reed 0-3 2-2 2, A.Miller 0-8 2-2 2, Booe 1-4 1-2 4, Dayhuff 0-1 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-2 2-2 2, Riggs 2-2 0-0 4, Ellinger 0-1 0-0 0, C.Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Durga 0-0 0-0 0, Truax 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 19-52 8-10 49.
Riggins 0-5 2-2 2, Weddle 1-4 1-2 3, Pinnick 5-11 2-6 12, Gilmore 3-5 3-6 9, Walker 2-13 0-0 5, Hasler 0-4 0-1 0, Schulte 0-3 1-2 1, Hall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-45 9-19 32.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 3-9 (Roeschlein 1-2, Drelick 1-1, Booe 1-3, Reed 0-1, A.Miller 0-2)), BL 1-6 (Walker 1-4, Riggins 0-1, Gilmore 0-1). Total Rebounds -- CC 39 (Miller 11, Wolfe 7), BL 33 (Riggins 7, Pinnick 5). Team Rebounds -- CC 5, BL 6. Total Fouls -- CC 18, BL 8. Fouled out -- CC (Riggs). Turnovers -- CC 21, BL 19.