Indian Creek girls end regular season on top, beat Brooke
WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls basketball team flipped the switch at halftime.
The Redskins utilized a big third quarter to break the game open against Brooke en route to a 69-40 victory to sweep the season series Thursday night in the Redskins’ regular-season finale.
The Redskins outscored the Bruins by 19 points in the third frame to pull away.
“It was a much better second half,” Indian Creek (21-1) head coach Steve Eft said. “I talked to the girls, and I told them that we need to keep doing the things that we do well. We did not box out in the first half. That is the thing I am most disappointed in. We missed shots, but that is going to happen. We have to worry about the things that we can control, and rebounding is one of those things we can control.
“We came out focused on doing that in the second half. We wanted to limit them to just one shot, and we wanted to get out in transition and get some easy baskets.”
The Redskins ended up outscoring the Bruins by 20 points in the second half.
“We always have one bad quarter,” Brooke (3-18) head coach Amy Serevicz said. “That has been the history of our season. Our defense fell apart in the third quarter. If you lose your head on defense, you aren’t going to have it on offense.”
Three players produced double digits for Indian Creek. Kylie Kiger and Taylor Jones each tallied 19 points, while Makenzie Taylor collected 14.
“We always struggle against Brooke,” Eft said. “That is a credit to them. They play hard. We had a hard time getting going against their zone.
“In the third quarter, we got rolling, and that was good to see. Taylor and Kiley stepped up tonight and had big games on offense. Now, we have to come back ready to play Wednesday.”
Natalie Ryan netted a team-high 15 points to lead Brooke, while Ashley Arca recorded seven.
Indian Creek outscored Brooke, 27-8, in the third quarter to take a 56-28 lead into the fourth. The hosts led the visitors by as many as 33 points (61-28) in the fourth.
The Redskins led by just four points (13-9) at the end of the first quarter. Indian Creek scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take a 20-9 lead before taking a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Indian Creek defeated Brooke, 61-52, on Jan. 20 at the Brooke Wellness Center.
“I don’t think either team really did anything differently tonight,” Eft said. “We executed better in the second half than we did over there. In the first half, our defensive effort wasn’t very good. In the second half, we responded, and we played a lot better.”
The Redskins controlled the paint against the Bruins, and Indian Creek was able to score a lot of easy baskets, especially in the second half.
“It is a little frustrating,” Serevicz said. “We prepared for two-and-a-half days. We just did not execute on defense. We were going to have to win the game with our defense and not our offense.”
The victory enabled Indian Creek to set the school record for most wins in the regular season.
“Being 21-1 is a great accomplishment,” Eft said. “I am proud of the girls. They earned it. They worked all summer for this. They worked the whole offseason for this. The girls have been together for a long time, especially the juniors. Winning 21 games is a major accomplishment. This is a testament to them. This is a special group of girls. Our primary rotation is two seniors and five juniors. This is a special group of girls.”
The Redskins have now won five straight games. The Bruins entered the game having won its last two.
Brooke won the two-quarter JV game, 24-21. Madison Platt tallied a game-high 10 points to lead the way for the Bruins, while Mary Ballato collected eight points to lead the Redskins.
Brooke: Travels to East Fairmont on Tuesday for the Bruins’ final regular-season game.
Indian Creek: Hosts either Steubenville or Minerva in a Division II Eastern District sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Big Red, the No. 8 seed, will play the ninth-seeded Lions in the sectional quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The Redskins are the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
“The break is not too long,” Eft said. “I think it will be good. We will give the girls a day to rest tomorrow, and then Saturday we will find out who we play.”
Indian Creek has defeated Big Red and Minerva during the regular season. Indian Creek defeated Big Red, 55-17, on Dec. 16 at home and defeated the Lions, 43-27, Jan. 28 on the road.
Indian Creek 69, Brooke 40
Brooke 9-11-8 -12 — 40
Indian Creek 13-16-27-13 — 69
BROOKE (3-18): Platt 2 0-0 5; Arca 3 0-0 7; Buchmelter 0 0-0 0; Ryan 5 4-9 15; Lippolli 2 0-2 5; Orban 0 0-0 0; Knorr 3 0-0 6; Bolen 0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 15, 6-13: 40.
INDIAN CREEK (21-1): Lewis 1 0-2 2; Kiger 6 4-4 19; Tweedy 2 2-4 6; Taylor 5 4-8 14; Starkey 0 0-0 0; Smith 1 0-0 2; Copeland 2 0-0 4; Clark 1 0-0 3; Jones 7 5-7 19; Ballato 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25, 15-25: 69.
3-POINT GOALS: Brooke 4 (Platt, Arca, Ryan, Lippolli); Indian Creek 4 (Kiger 3, Clark).