Rolling towards 1,000: Adena’s Roll has Warriors off to great start

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Adena senior Clay Roll is closing in on 1,000 career points. (Photo by Shayne Combs)

One of the state’s top scorers can be found at Adena High School in Ross
County. Clay Roll, a 6-3 senior guard, is scorching the nets for 25
points per contest, and he is doing it with incredible efficiency. Roll
is shooting an astonishing 60-percent from the floor and the
undefeated Warriors are beating people by nearly 20-points per contest.


One of the state’s top scorers can be found at Adena High School in Ross County. Clay Roll, a 6-3 senior guard, is scorching the nets for 25 points per contest, and he is doing it with incredible efficiency. Roll is shooting an astonishing 60-percent from the floor and the undefeated Warriors are beating people by nearly 20-points per contest. The Adena star is posting these numbers in about 26-minutes per game.

Roll is a nightmare match-up for opponents. He can score in a variety of ways from a variety of spots on the floor. He has great range, he has a wonderful midrange game, and he can also score with his back to the basket. Roll is dynamite in the open floor, and like all great scorers, has the unique ability to get the free throw line – a place he shoots around 75-percent on the year.

“Clay is a very talented player,” first-year head coach Brian Cory said. “He has long arms and great leaping ability which allows him to get a shot anytime he wants one.”

The biggest improvement in Roll’s game during his senior campaign has come on the defensive end and in the ability to stuff the overall stat sheet. Roll has always been one of southern Ohio’s top scorers, but this season, Roll has started to impact the game in many areas. With Adena off to a 5-0 start, Roll not only averages 25 points per game, but is also creating great scoring opportunities for others. He is averaging three steals per game.

“Clay has really matured as a player and a leader,” Cory said. “He has really worked hard both on and off the floor. I feel like he has given a great effort on the defensive end and that leadership by example has really spread throughout our team.”

Roll’s supporting cast has been really solid to this point as well.

Buddy Barnes, who is averaging just under 15 points per game, is a great complement to Roll. Point guard Ben Bower is averaging just over four assists per game. Senior Zach Skaggs, an outstanding left-handed pitcher who signed to play Division I college baseball at Oakland University in Michigan, has also given Adena a nice athlete on the frontline who can score and rebound.

“Buddy and I do get the chance to score a lot of points, but our team has a lot of balance,” said Roll. “We had five guys in double-figures in the Southeastern win, so we try to be as balanced as possible.”

A solid team has been something Adena has had for several years. When Roll came on the varsity scene as a sophomore, he was playing with a team that had five returning letter winners from the returning SVC champions. Roll, an extremely talented scorer but not yet the complete talent he is now, did miss four games that season due to injury. Even through all that, he scored nearly 17 points per night. Roll averaged 22.3 points last year as a junior.

Roll says he does have a desire to play at the next level. He has had several looks from schools around Ohio, but at this point, he is still undecided in terms of where he is heading after graduation. Meanwhile, Roll is still chasing several goals at the high school level. Roll entered the season with 792 career points (he stands at 917 after five games played), and with his fast start, it appears Roll will join the 1,000 point club sometime in early January.

“I have thought about it a little bit,” said Roll who scored 34 points early this season in a win over Circleville. “It is exciting and it is a great honor, but I just want to win. I am not worried about the 1,000th point. I know if I keep playing hard that will all take care of itself. I just want to keep winning games and concentrate on the goals that our team has set.”

Adena is off to a 3-0 start in the Scioto Valley Conference. They will play Piketon after the new year when SVC play resumes. Meanwhile, the Warriors will try to continue to stay perfect overall. Adena defeated Whiteoak this past Tuesday night 50-41 to move to 5-0 overall and still has holiday dates with Greenfield McClain (tonight) and Washington Court House (Dec. 30).

“Our goal is to win every game we play,” said Roll. “Obviously, that is a difficult task, but that is what we are trying to accomplish. In terms of the whole season, we want to win the SVC and give ourselves a chance to play for a district title come tournament time.”

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