Berryman passes 1,000 points in win

WINTERSVILLE – A milestone was reached as the Indian Creek girls’ basketball team won its fourth-straight game.

Redskins’ junior Bre Berryman recorded point No. 1,000 with a basket putting her team out in front, 51-21, with 5:06 remaining in the game as Indian Creek defeated Buckeye Local, 57-31, Monday night.

Berryman finished the game with a game-high 26 points. Berryman is the first Indian Creek player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

“That is something that has never been done before here at Indian Creek,” Indian Creek (4-1) head coach Erin DeSantis said. “It is quite an accomplishment.

“The the first thing she said in the locker room was she thanked her teammates. She said she never could have done it without them. That is her character. That is her nature. She does not want the spotlight. She is a true team player.

“I didn’t tell her about it. I didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t want them to try and focus getting the ball to her. She is a phenomenal player.”

The Panthers (0-2) had no answer for Berryman on the inside.

“I want to congratulate Bre on scoring 1,000 points,” first-year Buckeye Local head coach Tom Figurski said. “Any time a player in the valley scores 1,000 points it is a big deal.”

Berryman was one of three players to score in double digits for the Redskins.

Kiarra Kamarec contributed 13 points and Bethany Davis delivered 10.

“Tonight was not bad for being pretty thin varsity-wise,” DeSantis said. “The younger girls stepped up. (Kristen) Shimko did not play because of a concussion. Brooke (Mains) was out with a knee injury. Cassidy (Ruckman) was already out with an injury. Kiarra is not fully healthy. She is in a lot of pain.”

Lauren Swiger recorded a team-high 16 points to lead the way for the Panthers. Swiger was the lone Buckeye Local player to score in double figures in the game.

“We played a bad first half,” Figurski said. “We did not get enough shots. We are going to look to bounce back Wednesday against Bridgeport.

“I am proud of the girls. They didn’t quit. We are going to keep working hard to get better.”

The Panthers’ Chanler Long nailed the lone 3-pointer in the game.

“I give their girls a lot of credit,” DeSantis said. “They didn’t quit. They played hard.”

Figurski is the third head coach the Panthers have had in 2013. Willy Luther resigned following the conclusion of last season. Joel Nau, who was hired in April to replace Luther, resigned in October.

“The systems are pretty much the same,” Figurski said. “We have made some small adjustments on offense. I have been with the program for 10 years. I was with Coach Luther for seven years. I have two good assistants in Coach (Charlie) Nest and Coach (Bob) Czuchran.

“We are going to have issues matching up against teams bigger than us.

“In the first half, we were not able to get into our transition game. In the second half, we were able to score more. We were able to get into our transition game.”

The Redskins scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back.

Indian Creek led 17-3 after the first quarter, 29-6 at halftime and 45-15 after three quarters.

“Kiarra provided a lot of leadership because our other two seniors were out,” DeSantis said. “Bethany Davis is not a point guard, but she was tonight. The girls filled the roles we needed.”

The Panthers take on the Bulldogs at home, while Indian Creek plays Thursday at Martins Ferry.

Indian Creek 57, Buckeye Local 31

Buckeye Local 3 3 9 16 – 31

Indian Creek 17 12 16 12 – 57

BUCKEYE LOCAL (0-2): Swiger 7 2-5 16, B. Zeroksi 2 2-3 6, Leonard 0 0-0 0, Czuchran 1 0-0 2, Long 1 0-0 3, Petrella 0 0-0 0, Banal 0 0-0 0, Taylor 1 0-0 2, R. Zeroksi 1 0-1 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 4-9 31. 3-Pointers: Long.

INDIAN CREEK (4-1): Berryman 12 2-4 26, Kamarec 6 1-2 13, Davis 4 2-2 10, Callahan 1 0-2 2, Taylor 2 0-0 4, Smith 1 0-0 2, Celestin 0 0-0 0, Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Mazzaferro 0 0-0 0, Whitaker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 5-10 57. 3-Pointers: None.

St. Clairsville gets best of Edison

RICHMOND – Alexis St. Clair led all scorers with 17 points as the St. Clairsville girls basketball team downed Edison on Monday night. Carlee Gillespie scored 16 points as Lauren Figura added seven.

Kayli Stewart led the Wildcats (0-5) with eight points and a 3-pointer. Katelyn Pollock scored six points, while Ashley Miller added six.

St. C 59, Edison 41

St. C. 14 16 16 13 59

Edison 8 7 14 12 – 41

St. Clairsville Figura 2 3-6 7, Mick 0 1-2 1, Gillespie 4 (1) 5-6 16, Cenkus 1 1-1 3, St. Claire 6 7-7 17, DeFilippo 3 5-6 13. TOTALS: 17 22-31 59. 3-pointers: DeFilippo 2, Gillespie.

Edison (0-5): Martin 1 1-2 3, Pollock 2 3-4 7, Proffitt 0 0-0 0, Scott 1 0-0 2, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Drabick 1 1-2 3, Miller 3 0-0 6, Funow 3 0-0 6, Stewart 3 1-2 8, Morrison 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 17 6-10 41. 3-pointers: Stewart.