WINTERSVILLE-With their standout post player slowed by an ankle injury, the Indian Creek girls' basketball team needed someone else to step up during Monday's Buckeye 8 battle with Martins Ferry.
Guards Brooke Mains and Bethany Davis proved they were ready for the challenge.
They keyed a scoring burst that allowed the Redskins to break open a tight contest and earn a 47-36 victory. It was the second triumph in five days for Erin DeSantis' club against the Riders (Creek recorded a 50-37 victory on Ferry's floor Thursday).
The Redskins (11-5) remain in contention for an OVAC Class 5A playoff spot. Creek entered the week in fifth place. Ferry (10-7), stands third in Class 4A.
Down 18-14 at the half, Lindsay Coyne's crew sliced the deficit to one on a hoop by Tyrah King and a Jessica Kinney free throw. Mains then drilled a 3-pointer and Davis followed with a make from the line to spark an 8-0 Creek run. Mains swished two free tosses and Kiarra Kamarec got a deuce to give the hosts a double-digit lead at 29-19.
Davis' basket as time was expiring allowed Creek to take a 31-20 advantage into the final eight minutes. Mains, a junior, and Davis, a freshman, combined for nine of Creek's 13 third-quarter points.
Ferry stayed close thanks to 3-pointers by Kylie Stalder (2) and Addie Suriano but the Redskins put the victory on ice, hitting12 of 18 free throw attempts in the fourth. During the second half, Creek went to the line 28 times, making 16.
Mains paced the Redskins in scoring with12. Sophomore post player Bre Berryman, who sat out the fourth quarter last week at Ferry, added 11. Davis contributed 10 and Kamarec eight.
Berryman was able to collect 18 of her team's 34 rebounds and block seven shots.
"Just her presence on the floor is big thing for us," DeSantis added. "Our confidence level goes up whether she is scoring or not. As of Friday, I didn't think she was going to play. The injury obviously affected her but she is fighting through it."
Kinney paced the Riders in scoring with 11, seven coming from the line.
Ferry took 50 shots Monday, but made11.
Kinney, King and Megan Rose hauled down six rebounds each for the Riders.
"Pretty soon, everybody is going to be zero and zero," Coyne said. "I hope we can improve offensively and be ready to go after it. Defensively, we are there. We are gritty and we give it our all."