Creek Rolls Past Big Red

WINTERSVILLE — Kylie Kiger and Haylie Scott combined for 27 points Thursday as Indian Creek, the OVAC Class 5A leader, rolled to a 41-29 victory over Steubenville.

Kiger, a smooth shooting freshman, paced the Redskins (10-1) with a game-high 15 points. Scott, a junior, knocked down a career high 12 and accounted for Creek’s only connection from behind the arc.

Jackie Rossi’s club, playing its second game in as many nights, forced seven Big Red turnovers in jumping out to a 12-2 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Steubenville’s Madison Fields got the scoring started with a strong move inside before the Redskins rattled off the next 12 points. Kiger started the run with a jumper and finished it with an old-fashion 3-point play and another deuce from the lane.

“You figure last year we only won nine games, so getting to 10 victories is a huge accomplishment for us,” Rossi said. “We beat Beaver Local on Wednesday, and that win puts us in first place in the Buckeye 8 North. Those are two huge accomplishments given where we were last year at this time.

“I’m glad we played Wednesday since we didn’t play for two weeks with all the cancellations. I don’t mind going back to back. We are fairly deep. Mackenzie Orban being out (Thursday) with pneumonia hurt us a little, and we had to change our game plan slightly. Fortunately, we had other kids step up and it worked out.”

Big Red (5-6) outscored the Redskins 7-5 in the second quarter to trail 17-9 at the break. Post players Makayla Abram and Fields accounted for all of the points.

After falling behind 22-9 early in the third (Kiger drained a pair of free throws to increase the Creek advantage), Jeff Lombardo’s crew got to within eight when Seana Ragusa knocked down a triple off a nice feed from Abram.

Scott then scored five straight as the Redskins closed with a 9-0 run. Ashley Yaich and Kiger accounted for the other four points.

“Haylie really picked it up for us,” Rossi said. “Kylie has been pretty solid for us offensively all season. Taylor (Jones) struggled with foul trouble (the talented freshman managed just two points) and she’s been one of our leaders in scoring. It was good to see other kids pick up the slack.

“We went at Big Red and were able to get to the line. Yaich did a couple of nice things offensively as did (Ally) Tweedy. Overall, we did what we normally do offensively and that’s attack.”

Yaich finished with seven points and a team-high six rebounds for Creek, which used its relentless defensive pressure to force 21 Big Red turnovers.

“We were a little careless with the ball at the end but when you hold a team to 29 points, you got to win the game,” Rossi said. “When you see that I had to believe we were going to win the game.

“Give Big Red credit. They had a size advantage and with Taylor being in foul trouble, they really had a size advantage and I thought their bigs did a nice job.”

Abram, just a freshman, paced Steubenville with 10 points. Fields, a sophomore, netted eight. Abram and senior Sarah Brown hauled down six rebounds each.