Creek girls get revenge on CCHS

STEUBENVILLE — A week ago, Steubenville Catholic Central went to Indian Creek and recorded a big girls basketball victory.

On Thursday, the Redskins turned the tables on the Crusaders.

Creek, which leads the OVAC Class 5A standings, jumped out to an early lead then held on for an exciting 48-45 victory over Central, the conference’s 2A leader, inside a jam-packed Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

“This is a huge win for us,” said Indian Creek coach Jackie Rossi. “Central is one of the top teams in the valley.

“I thought we had a good game plan coming in but Central got themselves right back in it at the end. Thank goodness we had enough of a lead to hold it and finish out the game, I’m proud of our girls.”

Kylie Kiger drained a pair of triples and Ashley Yaich knocked down four free throws as Creek grabbed a 14-7 lead after the opening eight minutes. Christine Dombrowski and Tia Taglione both connected from behind the arc in the second as the Crusaders outscored their guests 13-7 to make it 20 all at the intermission.

Rossi’s club took a 31-26 lead into the final eight minutes. Central did rally to tie the score twice during the fourth but Creek got eight points from Yaich and four free tosses from Taylor Jones to seal the deal.

Yaich, a junior, paced Creek, now 13-2, in scoring with 14. Kiger and Jones, both freshmen, contributed 10 and eight respectively.

“Ashley and Taylor were in foul trouble most of the game, but they really gave us a spark down the stretch,” Rossi said. Ashley had 14 points, eight steals and a ton of rebounds. She really had a breakout game.

“She and Taylor were solid from the line and that allowed us to keep the lead and keep the spark going.”

Sophomore Bella Oliver paced Central with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Grace Godich added 11 and Dombrowski seven.

“It was a tough one for us tonight,” Crusader coach Jess Looman said after watching her squad lose for the third time in 17 outings. “We had too many turnovers and missed some key free throws in the fourth quarter. Change those two things and it could have been a different outcome.

“I’m proud of the way my girls fought back and proud of how they stepped up during the fourth. They never gave up.”

Rossi pointed out several things which made a difference in the second showdown between the successful teams.

“We watched the film from last week and when Central was in that 3-2 zone, it’s no secret we struggled,” she said. “I wanted to get that zone extended as much as we could so in the beginning of the game, we held the ball to see if we could some people to move. Once we got the lead, we tried to hold it a little more and keep extending their zone a little more.

“Central has a size and height advantage and I didn’t want to back inside. They had a bunch of blocks against us last week. So we took our chances from the outside and worked to find some gaps in their zone.

“Also, instead of going full man, we switched it up and did a little more with our press. We changed it a little too where we were getting traps at different angles. Their guards are so good, they beat us up and down the court in our man to man. We wanted to slow them down a little.”

Creek is back in action Saturday when it meets Bellaire in the Buckeye 8 championship game. The conference tournament will be played at Beaver Local and the title tilt is set for 7 p.m. On Monday, the Redskins will host Weir for Senior Night.

“It’s a huge game,” Rossi said of the encounter with the Big Reds. “I’m going to be totally honest and tell you Bellaire embarrassed us in a pre-season scrimmage. We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to make sure we make it a competitive game.”

Central also will celebrate Senior Night Monday when Edison visits.

“As a team, our goals are still attainable,” Looman said. “We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and I know the girls will continue working hard to achieve our goals.

“We told our girls before tonight’s game to win with class and lose with class. I think they did that. We split the season series with Creek and we’re not going to hang our heads. I’m proud to coach our girls and would choose them any day.”

Game notes:

≤ In the junior varsity contest, Indian Creek rolled to a 53-19 victory. Tera Parrish, Mackenzie Taylor and Taylor Scott all scored 12 for the Redskins. Ali Grimm led Central with six.

Indian Creek 48, Catholic Central 45

Creek 14-6-11-17 — 48

Central 7-13-6-19 — 45

INDIAN CREEK (13-2): Cooper 0 0-0 0; Kiger 4 0-0 10; Tweedy 1 1-2 3; Yaich 4 6-1 14; Scott 3 1-2 7; Vandeborne 1 0-0 2; Jones 1 6-8 8; Orban 2 0-0 4; T. Scott 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 14-23 48.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (14-3): Zatta 0 5-6 5; Turnage 1 2-2 4; Dombrowski 2 3-4 7; Taglione 1 2-2 4; Godich 3 5-7 11; Oliver 4 4-4 14; Olszewski 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 19-25 45.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek (Kiger 2); Catholic Central (Dombrowski, Taglione).