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Redskins run record to 15-0, want to see more improvement

DEFENDING — Indian Creek’s Hailey Clark defends Brooke’s Jordan Arca on Monday. -Andrew Grimm

WELLSBURG — Though his team remained undefeated on the season, Indian Creek girls basketball head coach Steve Eft left Monday’s game at Brooke feeling like it still has a lot of work to do.

The Redskins, now 15-0, fended off a pesky, improving Brooke squad for a 62-51 victory inside the Brooke Wellness Center but made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes along the way.

“A win is a win,” Eft said. “A lot of credit to Brooke, their coaching staff and their players did a good job and they made a lot of shots tonight. They were ready to play, and we weren’t, and that is on me as a coach. I have to make sure the girls are ready to play every night. We’re happy to get out of here with a win.

“We’ve got to get better. Hopefully, this is a wake-up call. The girls have to realize they have a target on their back, and they have to be ready to go.”

Indian Creek turned the ball over 24 times and did not have the defensive success that had become usual for it so far this season. The Redskins came in allowing an average of just 28.6 points against.

“They were aggressive, and we just didn’t take very good care of the ball,” Eft said. “We had a lot of turnovers, probably more than that in the last couple of games combined. For whatever reason, we just didn’t take care of the ball like we have been. Combine that with our defense, which wasn’t very good, and you got a closer game than what some were expecting.

“We were trying a couple of different things, which obviously didn’t work, and we went back to and weren’t very good in half court man, which is something we usually are good at.”

After leading by just three at halftime, Mackenzie Taylor had a big third quarter, scoring 12 of her 16 points to help the Redskins open up an 18-point lead going to the fourth quarter.

Those points proved to be huge down the stretch, as Brooke heated up in the fourth and got back in the game.

“In those middle two quarters, Mackenzie Taylor was huge,” Eft said. “She had a great third quarter and stepped up big time to get us out to that lead. She was a monster inside. She works really hard, and I was happy to see that from her. That ended up being huge

“We looked like we were finally settled in and playing how we know we can play. Then, at the start of the fourth quarter, we had no energy defensively, and they got right back in it.”

By the midpoint of the fourth quarter, the Bruins (1-13) were within eight points. They got the lead to eight a couple of times in the closing minutes but never any closer, as the Redskins were able to hang on.

“We’ve been getting better,” Brooke head coach Amy Serevicz said. “Each game, I would say we get a little bit better. We’re doing a lot of shooting practices, and I think that is helping us. They hustled and they moved. I can’t complain about the effort. It’s a loss, you’re never happy with a loss, but to lose by 11, I don’t think anyone was expecting us to be able to hang with them.”

Indian Creek made 19 of 30 foul shots, while Brooke only connected on 10 of 18 trips to the line.

The Redskins opened up a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter with two girls — Taylor Jones (nine points) and Kylie Kiger (six points) — doing all of the damage.

Brooke, though, did not allow Indian Creek to pull away in the second. Jordan Arca, who finished with 12 points, five assists and two rebounds, drained a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds before the break to make it a 25-22 Indian Creek lead at the intermission.

“Taylor played well inside and was rebounding really well,” Eft said. “Kylie hit some big shots from the outside.”

After the Redskins’ big third quarter, Brooke responded. Angelina Lippoli, who led Brooke with 13 points and six rebounds, made two of her three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes, but the Redskins were able to get enough points from the line to keep the surging Bruins at bay.

“I told them, ‘We’re down by 18, we’re not out of this yet,'” Serevicz said. “I have a bunch of fighters, they have a lot of heart and don’t give up on me. We got it back down to eight but couldn’t get over the hump.”

Indian Creek was led by Kiger and Jones with 17 points each. Jones also had a game-high nine rebounds, while Ally Tweedy had four points and dished out a game-high six assists. Taylor pulled down four boards and dished three assists to go with her 16 points, Hailey Clark made a 3-pointer and finished with six points.

For Brooke, Lippoli’s 13 points off the bench led the way, while Ava Bolen and Jordan Arca each finished with 12 points. Madison Platt hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc and finished with eight points.

“This is a confidence builder for us,” Serevicz said. “We worked on getting the ball in Ava. Jordan was on fire from the floor. That is the best shooting game she’s had all year. Defensively, she got steals and her game was on all around.”

GAME NOTES

¯ In the two-quarter jayvee contest, Indian Creek claimed a 28-9 victory. The Redskins were led by Mary Bellato with eight points, while Brooke got seven points from Lippoli.

¯ It was Brooke’s senior night. The seniors are Ashley Arca, Jordan Arca and Natalie Ryan.

UP NEXT

Indian Creek: Travels to Carrollton on Wednesday.

Brooke: Travels to St. Clairsville on Wednesday.

(Grimm can be reached at agrimm@heraldstaronline.com)

Indian Creek 62, Brooke 51

Indian Creek 15-10-22-15 — 62

Brooke 9-13-7-22 — 51

INDIAN CREEK (15-0): Kiger 6 1-2 17; Jones 4 9-14 17; Taylor 6 4-5 16; Clark 1 3-4 6; Tweedy 1 2-4 4; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Copeland 1 0-1 2; Starkey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 19-30 62.

BROOKE (1-13): Bolen 4 5-6 12; Buchmelter 1 0-0 2; A. Arca 0 0-0 0; J. Arca 5 0-2 12; Ryan 0 3-4 3; Platt 3 0-0 8; Knorr 0 0-0 0; Lippoli 4 2-6 13; Orban 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 10-18 51.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek 5 (Kiger 4, Clark); Brooke 7 (Lippoli 3, J. Arca 2, Platt 2). ASSISTS: Indian Creek 17 (Tweedy 6); Brooke 13 (J. Arca 5). REBOUNDS: Indian Creek 20 (Jones 9); Brooke 21 (Lippoli 6). TURNOVERS: Indian Creek 24; Brooke 32.

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