WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek and Weir High boys basketball teams got together for the second time this season, and the final score was almost identical to the first meeting less than two weeks ago.
While Indian Creek won its seventh game of the season at home Wednesday by a score of 53-27, compared to the 53-28 score last Dec. 22 in Weirton, both coaches agreed that the winless Red Riders were improved.
"Yeah the score was about the same, but I think they are improved from the last time we played them," said veteran Indian Creek coach, Joe Dunlevy. "I've said before that Mike (Granato, Weir High coach) does a good job and his kids play hard for him. It might have been the same score, but it wasn't the same game."
LOOSE BALL — Weir’s Michael Curtis battles for a loose ball with Indian Creek’s Alex Young while teammate Andre Sims looks on during the Redskins’ 53-27 win over the Red Riders Wednesday in?Wintersville.
-- Fred Younce
Weir High (0-8) hung around in the first period on the strength of two three-point plays and was behind by six at 14-8 going into the second quarter.
However, the second frame was disastrous in terms of scoring for the Riders as they could muster just one field goal by junior Andre Sims and were outscored 12-2 giving the Redskins a 26-10 lead at the half.
"I thought we had a better effort than we did the other time," Granato explained. "How many balls tonight went in and out? It was crazy.
"At this point in our season we're looking for little victories and tonight we had some open shots with a lot of them going in and out. Sooner or later we're going to have a night when some of those balls are going to fall. The law of averages says so."
The Red Riders never threatened in the second half. Granato said that he's looking for that time when his team catches fire and makes several shots in a row that will fuel a run. When that happens, he feels it will give his team the confidence that it can be a better team when tournament time comes around.
Meanwhile, Indian Creek worked like a typical Dunlevy-coached crew being patient on offense making its shots, a number of them from close range from cuts to the basket and nice feeds.
"The difference tonight is that we have five seniors that give us experience while Weir High is building experience," Dunlevy explained.
Creek was led in scoring by senior Shane Winland, who canned eight of 11 from the foul line and added four goals for 16 points. Drew Sullivan came off the bench and scored 10 points.
"We have different guys scoring for us, it seems, every night," said Dunlevy. "We have a very unselfish team. I think that comes from experience. You can't teach experience, you have to play and I think that's the difference between where we are and where they (Weir) are right now. We're a veteran team and, hopefully, we look like a veteran team out there."
About the only area that Indian Creek had trouble with was making foul shots. They had 34 opportunities from the charity stripe but made just 21 of them. On the other hand, the Red Riders were a perfect five for five from the line.
Sims, who was three-of-three from the line and hit one of Weir High's two three-pointers, was the only Red Rider in double figures. He scored 10 points and also led Weir High with five rebounds. Senior Josh Groves followed with six.
The Redskins continue on the home boards with their next game on Friday hosting Union Local while the Red Riders travel Saturday to Burgettstown where they play a 5:30 p.m. varsity only game in the Chuckie Mahoney charity event against once-beaten Washington, Pa., High.
Indian Creek 53, Weir High 27
WEIR HIGH: Masters 0 0-0 0, Knight 0 0-0 0, Viakley 1 0-0 2, Wood 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 0-0 3, Cassiadoro 1 0-0 2, Groves 2 2-2 6, Curtis 0 0-0 0, Sims 3 3-3 10, Kirk 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 5-5 27. Three-pointers: Sims, Davis; Rebounds: 12 (Sims, 5); Turnovers 12.
INDIAN CREEK: Kamarec 1 1-5 3, Furda 2 3-4 9, Young 2 3-6 7, Haught 1 0-0 2, Durbin 0 4-4 4, Foldi 0 1-2 1, Connor 0 1-2 1, Sullivan 5 0-0 10, Winland 4 8-11 16. Totals: 15 21-34 53. Three-pointers: Furda (2); Rebounds 21 (Furda, Young, 6 each; Turnovers: 5.