WINTERSVILLE - Stifling defense along, with foul trouble for visiting Edison, helped Indian Creek cruise to a 72-28 victory Friday on Senior Night.
"I was proud of how hard we played," said Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy. "It was nice to get a win on Senior Night. We're a work in progress. You want to get better every night that you play."
Defensively the Redskins held the Wildcats to four first quarter points - a Skylar Wilken bucket and a pair of Erik Lee free throws - to jump out to a 17-4 lead.
DEFENSE — Indian Creek’s Drew Sullivan is defended by Edison’s Dylan Jones during the Redskins’ 72-28 victory Friday in Wintersville.
"Indian Creek is a very well coached defensive team," said Edison head coach Nate Moses. "That's where we want to be. We knew that coming in. They're going to play physical with us and we didn't handle it."
With all five seniors starting they spurred the quick start offensively with a pair of Frankie Kamarec three-pointers accompanied by a field goal and two free throws each from Alex Young and Matt Furda. The entire quintet scored in the opening stanza as Drew Sullivan scored two and Shane Winland added one from the charity stripe.
Things got worse for the Wildcats as the fouls started adding up in the first half. The visitors were called for 18 team fouls in the opening 16 minutes, three players headed into intermission with three fouls, and Creek led 36-16.
Indian Creek 72, Edison 28
Edison 4 12 5 7 - 28
Indian Creek 17 19 22 14 - 72
EDISON: Jones 1 2-2 5, Lee 2 3-4 7, Allese 0 3-4 3, Hyndman 0 4-4 4, Kramarich 0 0-1 0, Howell 0 0-0 0, Wilken 2 0-1 5, Springer 0 0-0 0, Woika 0 0-1 0, Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Fonow 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 7 12-17 28. 3-pointers: Jones, Wilken.
INDIAN CREEK: Kamarec 3 0-0 9, Furda 4 6-8 14, Roar 0 0-0 0, Young 5 6-8 16, Haught 2 2-2 6, Huynh 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Anderson 2 2-2 6, Durbin 1 2-2 4, Foldi 0 0-1 0, Connor 0 2-2 2, Woodbury 0 0-0 0, Sullivan 4 0-1 8, Winland 2 3-11 7. TOTALS: 23 23-37 72. 3-pointers: Kamarec (3).
"We didn't move our feet on defense," said Moses. "We knew they were going to go baseline. They don't shoot as much from the outside. We know Kamarec is a good shooter, everyone else wants to get to the hole.
"They went baseline and we didn't move our feet. Yes, we absolutely got ourselves in foul trouble. We got ourselves in foul trouble."
Added Dunlevy, "We try to be aggressive offensively. You know their kids are trying to do the right thing. Nate's telling them the right thing to do. He's trying to build a program.
"They came in here tonight without their leading scorer (Alec Jones), and we kind of took advantage of some young kids by being aggressive and going to the basket, and getting into their second group. They're effort was every bit as good as ours.
"It was Senior Night against five seniors, and experience was probably the difference."
Things went from bad to worse for the Wildcats in the second half. The Redskins outscored Edison 22-5 to close all doubt before closing out with a 14-7 advantage in the final eight minutes after both teams emptied their benches.
As is fitting on Senior Night, the five Indian Creek 12th graders led the scoring column with Young scoring 16 points, Furda 14, Kamarec nine, Sullivan eight, and Winland seven.
Despite picking up three fouls in the first half, Lee led Edison with seven points. He didn't pick up a foul in the second half. Dylan Jones and Wilken each scored five.
"We don't stop,"said Moses. "We play the whole time. We're young. We're just trying to get better from day to day. They didn't stop playing."
A huge advantage was held at the charity stripe by the Redskins, who shot 23 for 37 to the Wildcats' 12 for 17.
Indian Creek takes to the court again Monday when it travels to Union Local where the J.V. game tips at 4 p.m. The Redskins follow that up by hosting Martins Ferry Tuesday and with a trip to St. Clairsville Thursday.
"We're going to practice tomorrow morning, and we have three games in four days next week," said Dunlevy. "We have to be ready to play."
Edison hosts Harrison Central Tuesday and Toronto next Friday.