Fast start paces Indian Creek past Edison

RICHMOND – The Indian Creek girls’ basketball team made quite a turnaround on the offensive end of the court.

A week after being limited to just 27 points in a home loss to Carrollton, Indian Creek scored 27 points in less than 11 minutes Monday night at Edison. In the end, four players scored in double digits for the Redskins as the visitors led the Wildcats by as many as 28 points en route to a 72-46 victory.

“I think we were a little more patient reversing the ball, and we got some nice jumpers after reversing the ball,” Indian Creek (1-1) head coach Erin DeSantis said. “Bethany Davis coming back also helped. She is a shooting threat.

“I think we had some first-game jitters, and we did not play as a team. We were more on the same page tonight.”

Edison led by five points less than three minutes into the game, but the Wildcats were unable to keep up with the Redskins the rest of the way.

“We came out firing,” second-year Edison (0-3) head coach Jason Ensinger said. “We hit some shots early. Our size disadvantage hurt us. They were able to overpower us.

“We did not play well in the second quarter. We played well in spurts, but we couldn’t maintain it. We got down, and things just snowballed.

“We have a lot of good pieces. The girls have come a long way since last year. Once we get everyone healthy, I think we will be fine.”

Four players scored in double figures for Indian Creek. Bre Berryman recorded a game-high 21 to lead the way. Also scoring in double digits were Kiarra Kamarec (18), Davis (15) and Brooke Mains (13).

Seven players also scored for Edison, however, just one of them managed to reach double figures.

Kayli Stewart led Edison with 14 points. Katelyn Pollock tallied nine points and Ashlee Miller and Abby Fonow each finished with eight points.

Pollock drained a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run and to give the Wildcats a 7-2 lead with 5:36 left to play in the opening quarter. Indian Creek scored the next six points to take an 8-7 lead before Fonow scored to put the hosts back out in front, 9-8.

That was the last time the Wildcats led.

The visitors outscored the hosts, 15-5, the rest of the way as Indian Creek took a 23-14 advantage into the second quarter.

“We had a game plan, and if we executed it better things might have been different,” Ensinger said. “You can only be in the right spots so many times. Their size won out. Our defensive positioning was OK at times. We just couldn’t overcome their size.

“We are going to work to get better starting tomorrow. Hopefully, things will be different the next time we see them.

“We have to execute better. We had some open looks. We were just too timid. They have a presence inside with two 6-footers. We have to be more aggressive. We have to be more physical. We have to take it to them instead of taking what they give us. We have to be more assertive.”

The victors increased their lead in the second stanza as Indian Creek outscored Edison, 20-5, to take a 43-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“They tried a couple of different defenses,” DeSantis said about Edison. “They played a box-and-1 and a triangle-and-2. We were rattled early, but we settled down and made the adjustments we needed.

“They tried to stop one or two of our girls, but the other girls stepped up. We were solid with our scoring. We were pretty even in that regard. Everyone contributed.”

The Redskins are scheduled to return to the hardwood tonight, at home against Minerva in a make-up game.

“That is why you have a bench,” DeSantis said asked if it is tough to play on back-to-back nights. “We have a bench, but the girls are really, really young.

“They did a nice job tonight. They listen. They work hard. They can be frightened with the speed of the varsity game. They have to put something on their passes. They can’t make eighth-grade passes anymore. They have responded well. They are young, but hopefully with them getting experience early that will pay dividends down the road.”

Indian Creek is scheduled to play Thursday at Bellaire.

Likewise, Edison is slated to play two games the rest of the week. Edison will play Thursday at Union Local before playing Friday night at Oak Glen.

Indian Creek 72, Edison 46

Indian Creek 23 20 17 12 – 72

Edison 14 5 14 13 – 46

INDIAN CREEK (1-1): Berryman 10 1-1 21, Kamarec 7 4-4 18, Mains 4 5-6 13, Davis 5 5-6 15, Shimko 0 1-2 1, Callahan 1 0-0 2, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Celestin 0 0-0 0, Schmitt 1 0-0 2, Mazzaferro 0 0-0 0, Slappy 0 0-0 0 . Totals: 28 16-19 72.

EDISON (0-3): Martin 0 1-2 1, Pollock 3 1-2 9, Proffitt 0 0-0 0, Scott 1 1-3 3, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Drabick 1 0-0 3, Miller 2 4-4 8, Fonow 4 0-2 8, Stewart 5 3-3 14, Morrison 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 10-19 46. 3-Pointers: Pollock 2, Drabick, Stewart.