Indian Creek runs past East Liverpool

TRAPPING — Indian Creek’s Taylor Jones looks for a teammate while East Liverpool’s Victoria Flores and Ciara Peachey defend on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WINTERSVILLE — Forcing turnovers and scoring in transition has been the recipe for success so far this season for the Indian Creek girls’ basketball team.

Indian Creek scored the first 17 points of the game against East Liverpool Thursday night, and the Redskins never looked back, en route to a 65-27 victory against the Potters.

“Defensively, our intensity was good and our rotations were good,” first-year Indian Creek (3-0) head coach Steve Eft said. “Defensively, we were pretty solid.”

Indian Creek forced East Liverpool (1-3) into committing 40 turnovers, and the Redskins have forced their opposition into committing 113 overall this season.

“It is definitely hard to win when you have 40 turnovers,” East Liverpool (1-3) head coach Bryian Burson said. “We have a young team. We are still trying to figure out what works. Indian Creek is a pretty good team. They did a lot of things that led to those 40 turnovers. They deserve credit for that.”

Offensively, Indian Creek has outscored its opponents 211-70. The 65 points scored is a season low for the Redskins. They have used a balanced scoring attack this season, and a different player has led in scoring in each game.

The 17-0 start was two points shy of equaling Indian Creek’s 19-0 start against Edison on Monday.

“Offensively, we are still a work in progress,” Eft said. “Overall, it was a good night. The girls played hard. They always play hard. I don’t have to coach effort. They always get after it. They always give their best effort.”

Three players scored in double digits to lead the way for Indian Creek. Kylie Kiger collected a game-high 16 points. Taylor Jones tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ally Tweedy delivered 10 points.

Mikalya Reed recorded a team-high seven points to lead the way for East Liverpool. Ciara Peachey pulled down 11 rebounds.

The Redskins outscored the Potters, 32-4, in the first and fourth quarters combined.

“They had two big runs,” Burson said. “They were up 17-0, and then we played them pretty evenly the rest of the first half. We played all right in the third, but then we had a dry spell in the fourth.”

Indian Creek led 17-2 at the end of the first quarter, and the Redskins extended their advantage to 38-14 at halftime. The victors led 50-25 entering the fourth.

“We want to try to get out in transition,” Eft said. “We need to do a better job of executing in our halfcourt sets — that is for sure. We are a work in progress.

“East Liverpool played hard. They are getting better. Their coach is doing a good job. They were active in the zone. It was a physical game inside. The girls battled inside. That is what you are going to get with the Buckeye 8. They are going to be physical games night in and night out.”

The Potters committed turnovers on their first six offensive possessions.

“We did a better job of handling the press as the game went on,” Burson said. “We expected them to press us. I think we had more difficulty getting into our halfcourt sets. They did a good job of affecting us. I think we had more turnovers trying to do that than we did from their press.”

The Redskins were at their best when they were able to get out in transition, but they struggled at times against East Liverpool’s zone.

“We have got to run,” Eft said. “We need to do a better job in the halfcourt. Their zone slowed us down. They did a good job guarding us on the outside, and they have some big girls on the inside.”

Indian Creek is scheduled to play Saturday at Martins Ferry. The JV game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

“We saw them when they beat Steubenville,” Eft said. “They are much improved. They have gotten better. We have to be ready to go.”

Meanwhile, East Liverpool is slated to play against Buckeye Local Monday at Potter Fieldhouse.

GAME NOTES

≤ Indian Creek won the jayvee game, 33-15. Liz Mazar led the Redskins with 12 points. East Liverpool’s Addison Gaelot had nine.

Indian Creek 65, East Liverpool 27

East Liverpool 2-12-11-2 — 27

Indian Creek 17-21-12-15 — 65

EAST LIVERPOOL (1-3): D. Foster 2 0-0 4; Peachey 0 0-2 0; Reed 2 2-2 7; Ferrazzano 3 0-0 6; S. Foster 0 2-6 2; Ludwig 2 0-0 4; McKinnon 0 0-0 0; Flores 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 11, 4-10: 27.

INDIAN CREEK (3-0): Clark 0 0-0 0; Kiger 7 1-2 16; Tweedy 3 2-2 10; Parrish 0 1-2 1; Taylor 2 2-6 6; Copeland 0 0-1 0; H. Scott 1 0-0 3; Vandeborne 4 0-0 8; Jones 4 2-2 10; Orban 3 0-2 7; T. Scott 1 2-2 4. TOTALS: 25, 10-19: 65.

3-POINT GOALS: East Liverpool 1 (Reed); Indian Creek 5 (Tweedy 2, Kiger, H. Scott; Orban). REBOUNDS: East Liverpool 25 (Peachey 11); Indian Creek 31 (Jones 11). TURNOVERS: East Liverpool 40; Indian Creek 14.

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