Defense continues to lead Creek in 60-39 win over Beaver Local

PULLING UP — Indian Creek’s Ally Tweedy pulls up to attempt a shot in front of Beaver Local’s Emily Monte during the first half of Monday’s game at Indian Creek. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls’ basketball team delivered another strong night on the defensive end.

Indian Creek jumped out to a nine-point lead against Beaver Local, and the Redskins pulled away in the second half en route to a 60-39 victory Monday night at home.

“I believe Beaver Local is a high-quality team,” Indian Creek coach Jackie Rossi said. “To hold them to 39 points is huge. They are a good shooting team.”

Beaver Local (3-2) committed 23 turnovers in the loss, while the Redskins (4-1) committed 21.

“We had some bad turnovers, we did not make good decisions and missed some easy baskets,” Beaver Local coach Stephanie Coie said. “Also, this is the second straight game we have been outrebounded. That can’t happen.”

The Redskins outrebounded the Beavers, 41-22.

The Redskins have now given up 39 or fewer points in four straight games – all of which Indian Creek has won. Indian Creek gave up 36 points at Buckeye Local, seven at home against Edison and nine at East Liverpool before allowing 39 to the Beavers.

“After our first game against Harrison Central, I watched the film 100 times, and I decided that we need to be stronger defensively,” Rossi said. “We need to have our best defensive group on the court. We need our defense to create our offense. I went to a quicker lineup tonight. I reassigned some positions, and I changed our sub pattern. I wanted to have our quickest defensive lineup on the floor.

“We are not a flashy offensive team, so we are going to have to rely on our defense. The girls have bought in 100 percent, so we are going to go with it.”

Ten players scored in the game for Indian Creek, three of which scored in double digits. Taylor Jones netted a team-high 16 points, Kylie Kiger collected 12 points and Tera Parrish produced 11 points.

“We did not play good help defense,” Coie said. “We were two steps away on our defense. When we did help, we did not have help from that third person.

“She has a nice basketball team. Everybody she played could handle the basketball. They hustled. They went after us. She is doing a nice job.”

Six players scored in the game for Beaver Local, two of which scored in double figures. Jenna Riccardo recorded a game-high 18 points, while Kierra Taylor tallied 12 points.

“We knew their top two players were Taylor and Riccardo,” Rossi said. “They scored the bulk of their points. We were able to hold Riccardo down. She came on in the fourth. She scored 11 of her 18 points in the fourth.

“We had (Ashley) Yaich, who is 5-foot-3 guarding Riccardo. Ashley had 10 rebounds. Riccardo is way taller, but she did a good job. She made her work for her points. She did what she needed to do.”

The Redskins limited the Beavers to single digits in three of the four quarters. Indian Creek has held its opponents to single digits in 12 of its last 13 quarters of play.

Indian Creek nearly led from start to finish. Beaver Local’s only lead was at 4-2. The Redskins ended the quarter on a 13-2 spurt to take a 15-6 lead into the second.

Indian Creek added to its lead in the second quarter as a basket by Parrish gave the Redskins a 27-14 lead, but the Beavers battled back and pulled within 28-20 at halftime.

The Redskins broke the game open the third as Indian Creek outscored Beaver Local 17-8 in the quarter to take a 45-28 lead into the fourth.

“We need to regroup,” Coie said. “We have two days of practice to get ready for Buckeye Local. We are going to continue to work on boxing out. Boxing out takes heart. We have got work to do. We can’t just rely one girl to get rebounds. Everybody has to box out.

“We did some good things tonight, but rebounding, our help defense and turnovers killed us.”

Kiger grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Indian Creek, while Riccardo pulled down six rebounds to lead Beaver Local.

“Last year, we won nine games,” Rossi said. “At the end of games it is hurry up, slow down, hurry up. We are used to playing full-court defense and playing fast. We have trouble when it becomes a half-court game. We have to learn how to play with a lead in situations like this. Last year, we were not playing with leads. We would be down by 20 points and then try and come back.

“To get a win against a strong Beaver Local team and to hold them to 39 points while scoring 60 points, is huge. I don’t know if I have ever been prouder of a team. I have coached a lot teams and coached a lot of years.”

Indian Creek outscored Beaver Local, 15-11, in the fourth.

“We had girls step up offensively,” Rossi said. “We had two freshmen lead us in scoring again. Jones had 14 and Kiger had 12. Parrish added 11 points. That’s huge. Everybody else did their part.

“They understand their assignments. When we sub right now, we are nine deep, and the big thing is we don’t lose our momentum when we sub. I play the girls a lot, so they are ready to go. That is one of our advantages.”

Game Notes:

Indian Creek won the JV game, 54-13. Hailey Clark and Taylor Scott each collected 10 points to lead the way for the Redskins. Brooke Briggs scored six points to lead the way for the Beavers, while Selena Rogers ended up with five.

Both teams are scheduled to play Thursday. Indian Creek will play up at Oak glen, while Beaver Local will play at home against Buckeye Local.

“I am proud of us,” Rossi said. “That was a big win right there. We are 4-1. Last year, we were 1-4 at this time.”

Indian Creek 60, Beaver Local 39

Beaver Local 6-14 -8-11 — 39

Indian Creek 15-13-17-15 — 60

Beaver Local (3-2): Britt 1 0-0 2, Holden 0 1-2 1, Gump 1 0-0 4, Ours 0 0-1 0, Taylor 3 5-6 12, Cline 2 0-0 4, Riccardo 6 6-10 18, Yergin 0 0-1 0, Monte 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 12-20 39. 3-Pointers: Taylor.

Indian Creek (4-1): Cooper 1 0-0 2, Kiger 5 2-2 12, Tweedy 1 4-4 6, Parrish 5 1-2 11, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Yaich 2 2-6 6, Copeland 0 0-0 0, Clark 1 0-0 2, H. Scott 1 0-1 2, Vandeborne 1 1-2 3, Jones 4 6-7 16, Orban 1 0-0 2, T. Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 16-24 60. 3-Pointers: None.

Rebounds: Beaver Local 22 (Riccardo 6); Indian Creek 41 (Kiger 12). Turnovers: Beaver Local 23; Indian Creek 21.

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