MORRISTOWN - The Indian Creek girls basketball team got off to a quick start, and then held off a second half rally to pick up a 53-50 win over Tri-Valley in Thursday's Ohio Division II Sectional Semifinal at Union Local.
"There were things that under normal circumstances we probably wouldn't have done, but give Tri-Valley credit," said Indian Creek head coach Erin DeSantis. "They're a well-coached team with some impressive shooters, and that came back to bite us for a little bit there."
The Redskins held an 18-6 advantage after one quarter led by Bre Berryman, who scored nine of her game-high 23 points in the opening eight minutes. Kiarra Kamarec tossed in six in the quarter as well.
Berryman tallied six more in the second quarter as the Redskins held a 31-21 lead at intermission. Katie Prince kept the Scotties close with eight of her team-high 17 points.
Tri-Valley used defense to cut the lead to six at 37-31 after three quarters. The Scotties held the Redskins to just six Berryman points. Prince scored six of her own on a pair three-pointers.
"I think part of it is we wanted it so bad we tried to do everything at once rather than get the ball in bounds, bring the ball up the floor and set up the offense," said DeSantis. "We tried to hurry, hurry, hurry. We can contribute that to Tri-Valley because they wanted it as much as we did because if you lose you're done."
Jordyn Hendershot came up big in the fourth quarter for the Scotties, scoring nine of her 13 points, but the foul shooting of Brooke Mains kept Tri-Valley at bay. The junior guard went 7 for 10 from the charity stripe in the final stanza.
The Redskins maintained a big advantage at the foul line, where they shot 15 of 24 compared to Tri-Valley's 2 of 8 showing.
Kamarec joined Berryman in double-digits with 13 points for the Redskins. Mains scored eight and Bethany Davis added seven.
Indian Creek (16-5) advances to the Sectional Co-final to face Minerva while Tri-Valley ends the year with an 8-11 record.
"Bottom line is we've not won a sectional game in a while, and, as young as we are, to hang on and win a game like this and have the season we've had, I'm just proud of the girls," said DeSantis. "We'll regroup a little and get back to work (today) to get ready for our opponent."
Indian Creek 53, Tri-Valley 50
Indian Creek 18 13 6 16 - 53
Tri-Valley 6 15 10 19 - 50
INDIAN CREEK (16-5): Mains 0 8-14 8, Davis 3 1-1 7, Shimko 1 0-0 2, Durbin 0 0-0 0, Kamarec 5 3-4 13, Berryman 10 3-5 23. TOTALS: 19 15-24 53. 3-pointers: none.
TRI-VALLEY (8-11): Hendershot 6 0-0 13, Sterling 0 0-0 0, D. Prince 2 0-0 4, Moore 1 0-0 3, Crossley 2 0-0 5, K. Prince 6 2-6 17, Dillon 2 0-0 4, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Bumpus 0 0-0 0, Vernon 1 0-2 2. TOTALS: 21 2-8 50. 3-pointers: K. Prince (3), Hendershot, Moore, Crossley.