WINTERSVILLE - For the Indian Creek boys' basketball team, the night ended better than it started against rival Edison.
The Wildcats scored the first two points, and following the basket by Skylar Wilken, veteran Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy called a timeout just 30 seconds into the game to regroup his team. The tactic worked as the Redskins ran off the next nine points to build a seven-point advantage.
After the early run, Edison never got closer than three points as Indian Creek led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter before holding on for a 54-46 victory Friday night at home.
"You have to compliment both teams on how hard they played," Dunlevy said. "It was the same type of game as there always is when we play, and I'm sure it will be the same way when we play out there. It will be a dogfight."
The Redskins (3-3) limited the Wildcats (2-6) to just 22 points through the first three quarters. Edison picked up the pace in the fourth quarter as the visitors recorded 24 points, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.
"Indian Creek played very well defensively," second-year Edison head coach Nate Moses said. "Indian Creek always plays very good defense. They do a lot of things well on the defensive end.
Indian Creek 54, Edison 46
Edison 6 8 8 24 - 46
Indian Creek 11 12 10 21 - 54
EDISON (2-6): Springer 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 0-0 4, Lee 6 1-2 14, Allese 0 0-0 0, Hyndman 4 1-1 9, Wilken 6 2-2 15, Horan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 4-5 46. 3-Pointers: Lee, Wilken.
INDIAN CREEK (3-3): Foldi 3 1-2 8, Roar 1 1-2 3, Haught 9 0-1 18, Huynh 0 0-0 0, Anderson 3 4-4 10, Durbin 1 11-11 13, Woodbury 1 0-1 2. Totals: 17 17-21 54. 3-Pointers: Haught 2, Foldi.
"We only had 22 points through three quarters, but we scored 24 in the fourth. That is a credit to our kids for not giving up. We were able to close to within four. Our kids did not give up. They played hard."
Three players scored in double digits for Indian Creek. Johnny Haught tallied a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Redskins, while Cody Durbin delivered 13 points and Andrew Anderson netted 10 points.
Two players reached double figures for the Wildcats. Wilken netted a team-high 15 points, and Erik Lee tallied 14 points.
The biggest difference in the game came at the free-throw line. Led by the shooting of Durbin, the Redskins converted 17 of 21 attempts. Durbin netted all 11 of his free throws.
"That is a credit to them," Dunlevy said. "Everybody works on them the same way. The kids did a great job of making them. To have a kid make all 11 free throws in a game is outstanding.
"We are a good free throw shooting team. If we can take care of the ball, we will be in good shape because teams will have to foul, and we can make free throws. I have confidence that they can make them."
The Wildcats were 4 of 5 from the charity stripe.
"They shot well from the line," Moses said about the Redskins. "There was a big disparity there at the line."
Two free throws by Durbin gave the Redskins a 37-24 lead in the fourth quarter. Later, a basket by Anderson gave the victors a 43-33 advantage.
At that point, the Wildcats began to scratch and claw their way back into the game. Edison netted six straight points to pull within 43-39 forcing the Redskins to call timeout with 2:35 left to play in the game.
After the Redskins converted 3 of 4 shots from the foul line, Lee drained a 3-pointer to pull the Wildcats to within 46-42, but that was as close as they got as Indian Creek made some critical free throws down the stretch to hold off Edison.
"You have to give credit to them," Dunlevy said about the Wildcats' fourth-quarter performance. "They were able to force some turnovers. We had some bad turnovers. They turned them into layups. We have to work on trying to finish games."
The Redskins led 11-6 after the first quarter.
In the second stanza, a basket by Lee pulled Edison to within 15-12, but Indian Creek ended the half on a 8-2 run capped by a basket by Haught as time expired to take a 23-14 lead into the locker room.
Two 3-pointers by Haught in the third quarter enabled the Redskins to take a 33-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We knew what they were going to do, and they knew what we were going to do," Moses said.
Indian Creek is scheduled to return to the court tonight at Carrollton. The Warriors are coached by Todd English. Moses replaced English as head coach of the Wildcats. English previously served as head coach of the Carrollton girls' basketball team before coming to Edison to coach the boys.
Edison's next game is Friday at Bellaire.