Shelbyville- The matchup was a testament to the success of two girls 1A basketball programs as Jac-Cen-Del and Clay City met for the third time in as many seasons at the Southwestern (Shelbyville) Regional Saturday. The Eagles had won the previous two but a substantially favored and much quicker Eels team dismantled JCD on this day 45-22.
After an exchange of early threes by Clay City’s Carmela Roeschlein and Jac-Cen-Del’s Meagan Hughes, CC scored nine straight to go up 12-3. Kelsey Pilz posted the final five points of the quarter to keep the Eagles in it as the scoreboard showed 12-8 in favor of the Eels after one quarter.
After knocking down two first-frame trifectas, Clay City hit back to back treys courtesy of Abby Reed and Bri Drelick to go up 10 at 18-8. Pilz put in two more before getting into foul trouble and that proved to be the only two points of the quarter for the Eagles.
In last year’s regional final against Clay City, Jac-Cen-Del shutout the Eels in the third quarter. Although this year’s second quarter wasn’t a shutout, it was just as effective as the 20-2 run by Clay City buried the Eagles by halftime, 32-10. CC did it with defense, turning JCD over 10 times (in the half) and converting on the other end. Drelick had seven points in the quarter and finished with 11. Teammate Madison Booe added five en route to a game-high 13.