Indian Creek Leads Wire-to-Wire to Beat Weir
WINTERSVILLE — Defense has been the calling card of the Indian Creek girls’ basketball team all season.
The Redskins again got it done on the defensive end Monday night as Indian Creek wire to wire against Weir en route to a 51-35 victory on Senior Night.
“I thought we played really well defensively, but we struggled to get the momentum a little bit, and that is a credit to Weir,” Indian Creek (14-3) coach Jackie Rossi said. “I am proud of the girls. We were able to get a win for Coop (Rachel Cooper) on Senior Night. She is our only senior. The girls really wanted to get a win for her on Senior Night.”
The Red Riders were hurt by turnovers throughout the game.
“They did a great job defensively,” Weir (7-11) coach Rick Stead said. “They do a great playing you man to man. We knew that. We played them last year. We watched them, we scouted them and we watched film. They did a good job getting after us.
“We struggled shooting the ball early in the game. That’s not what we wanted to do early in the game. We had a lot of turnovers. We had a chance to cut into their lead and get back into the game, but we could not get any rebounds. We did not box out. They were able to get second chances, and they were able to put the back in. We also lost girls defensively. We were also playing man. We gave it our best shot. The girls played hard. We knew they are a good team. It just wasn’t in the cards for us tonight.”
Weir committed 25 turnovers, while Indian Creek committed 13. The Redskins outrebounded the Red Riders, 31-26.
Indian Creek was again balanced on the offensive end as four players scored at least eight points – two of which ended up in double digits. Individually, Mackenzie Orban netted a team-high 12 points, Taylor Jones tallied 11 and Kiley Kiger and Ashley Yaich each contributed eight.
Jones ended up with a double-double as she pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
“We did not shoot the best from the field,” Rossi said. “You are going to have games like that. There is no reason to dwell over it. Our defense showed up, and that was the key to the game. We scored enough to get the win.”
Sophia Mikula collected a game-high 16 points to lead the way for Weir, while Bailey Stead delivered seven.
“I think one thing that hurt us was we went down to Clarksburg Saturday, and we weren’t challenged by the team we played,” Coach Stead said. “We got down early in this game, and we had to fight back. Our shots were not going into the basket. We play hard. In these games, it is a matter of who wants it more. Jackie is doing a good job with them. They have a nice team. They have some nice players. They deserved to win.”
Indian Creek scored the first six points in the game and led by as many as points nine points in the first before taking a 12-8 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Redskins pushed the lead back up to nine points on a basket by Tera Parrish, making the score 23-14. The Red Riders battled back and pulled to within 25-19 at halftime.
Indian Creek built an 18-point advantage (39-21) in the third quarter before taking a 41-29 lead into the fourth.
East Richland Christian 59
Parkersburg Christian 21
PARKERSBURG — Ally Stewart recorded a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists while shooting 63 percent from the floor in a victory for East Richland Christian.
Katie Hans scored 19 points for the Lions (7-9).
John Marshall 68
Union Local 57
MORRISTOWN — Shay Straughn exploded for 25 points to lead John Marshall past Union Local.
Anna Blake chipped in with 19 points for the Monarchs, while Avery Derrow netted 12.
Allison Loase paced the Jets with 15 points, followed by Hannah Porter with 11 and Casey Kildow with 10.
Buckeye Local 55
Martins Ferry 51
CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local rallied from seven-points down in the fourth quarter to get past invading Martins Ferry.
The Panthers used a strong final period from their dynamic duo of Emily Holzopfel and Alaire Destifanes. The duo scored all 19 of the Buckeye points. Destifanes scored 12 of her 20 in that stretch, while Holzopfel netted seven of her game-high 28.
Martins Ferry was led by sophomore Richella Spielvogel’s 26. Madison Ging added 12.
St. Clairsville 51, Steubenville 26
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The homestanding Red Devils pitched an opening-quarter shutout and never looked back en route to a convincing victory.
St. C. was led by Katie Bradshaw’s 11. Macy Malin added nine in top support.
Madison Fields paced Big Red with five points.
Monroe Central 60, Caldwell 45
CALDWELL — Monroe Central led from the start in rolling past Caldwell.
Sierra Rainey led three double-digit scorers for Monroe Central with 20 points. Sydney Yoho added 16 and Amy Bettinger 12.
River 68, Frontier 45
HANNIBAL — Lauren Flannery dropped in 28 points and River dominated Frontier.
Carsyn Reynolds chipped in with 14 points for the Pilots and Candace Caldwell scored 12.
Steubenville Catholic 69
STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic led 21-2 after the first quarter and en route to a victory over Edison. Julia Zatta secured 15 points for the Crusaders while Christine Dombrowski and Grace Godich each netted 12.
For the Wildcats, Kayla Huff tallied a team-high nine points.
Brooke 58, Harrison Central 43
CADIZ — Four Brooke players scored in double figures as it downed Harrison Central. Hope Bowman secured a double-double for the Bruins as she had 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with six blocks. Chloe Fox was also solid for the Bruins with 12 points while Ashley and Jordan Arca both netted 11.
For the Huskies, Alex Wiley had 16 points while Sydney Starr grabbed 10 rebounds.
Madonna 51, Oak Glen 31
NEW CUMBERLAND — Kasey Canei compiled a game-high 25 points as Madonna won.
For the Golden Bears, Maggie Kovalcik had nine points.
Hundred 81, Mapletown, Pa. 55
HUNDRED — Travis McCoy lit up the scoreboard as he tallied 41 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Hundred’s victory.
Cody Soles netted 13 points for the Hornets while Logan Norris had 10.