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Big Red completes season sweep over Indian Creek

Zion Sawyer

WINTERSVILLE — Basketball is a game of runs, and Steubenville is known for its ability to score quickly and in bunches.

Keyed by multiple runs, Big Red pulled away and defeated rival Indian Creek, 60-38, Tuesday night on the road to sweep the season series.

Big Red raced out to an early lead only to see the Redskins battle back and tie the score in the second quarter before Steubenville (12-4) ripped off another run to build a double-digit margin at halftime.

“We settled in offensively,” Big Red head coach Mike Haney said. “We were able to move the ball. We were able to get out in transition. We were able to create turnovers, and we were able to score off of those turnovers. We were more efficient. We were able to get into a rhythm.”

The Redskins (2-9) went cold in the final few minutes of the second, while Big Red heated up from the floor.

“The difference was we just have to find scoring,” Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy said. “When you score 38 points, you are not going to beat Steubenville High School.

“Our kids played hard like they always do. They played great on the defensive end. We just can’t turn the ball over. When we turned the ball over, it led to layups for them. That is something we have been working on and working on.”

Zion Sawyer scored a game-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the way for Big Red. He was the only player to produce double figures in scoring.

“They had a good third quarter,” Dunlevy said. “Sawyer is a really good shooter. We knew that going into the game. I don’t know how many shots he missed, but it wasn’t a lot. He got loose on us. He was on fire. He was a real problem for us.”

Also for Big Red, Nasari Jackson and Andrew Gresko each collected eight points.

Logan Schaffer finished with a team-high eight points to lead the Redskins, while Isaiah Vandine and Hunter Rothacker each recorded five.

Thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Sawyer, Big Red jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Indian Creek cut its deficit to 10-5 at the end of the first.

The Redskins continued to play tough in the second quarter, as the home team was able to pull even at 16.

“We kept telling our players they were getting great shots,” Dunlevy said. “We told them if we start knocking them down we would be able to get back into the game. We were working hard on the defensive end. We made some shots, and we were able to get back into the game and tie it up, but they had a good third quarter.”

The tie did not last long, as the visitors ripped off an 8-0 run to take a 24-16 lead. The victors then extended their advantage to 11 points at 28-17 and later 30-19 at halftime.

“We turned the ball over,” Haney said regarding what led to Indian Creek getting back into the game and tying the score. “We had seven turnovers in the first quarter — three of those prevented us from getting a shot. Two of those were charges, and the third was for an illegal screen. Those three turnovers did not allow us to get a shot to have a chance to score, or for us to get an offensive rebound if we missed.”

Big Red opened the third with another scoring burst, as it ripped off a 13-5 run to build a 43-24 advantage. It then extended its lead to 48-26 on a 3-pointer from the corner by Mike Rook and led, 51-30, after three quarters.

“We handled their fullcourt stuff OK,” Dunlevy said. “A lot of turnovers came in the halfcourt as compared to the fullcourt.”

Big Red scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to establish their biggest lead of the game at 26 points before winning by 22.

“They played man like they always do,” Haney said about the Redskins. “They get after you. They box out. They play hard. They do those things all the time.

“We fouled too much in the first half. We put them on the line, and they were able to make some free throws. We missed our free throws. That helped them to come back and tie it up.”

Indian Creek converted 18 of 30 chances from the charity stripe, while Big Red made just 8 of 18.

Big Red changed up their defenses throughout the game. Haney said his team playing multiple defenses was by design.

“We played man, and we played zone,” he said. “We used three different presses. You could say four if you count what we did in the halfcourt with the halfcourt trap. We wanted to do it. We wanted to play multiple defenses. We went to zone when we started to foul too much. We went to a halfcourt zone.”

JV ACTION

Big Red won the jayvee game, 52-44.

UP NEXT

Steubenville: Tentatively scheduled to play Friday at Martins Ferry.

Indian Creek: Tentatively scheduled to play Bridgeport at 1 p.m. Saturday at home. Indian Creek was scheduled to play Buckeye Local, however, the Panthers are unable to play.

Steubenville 60, Indian Creek 38

Steubenville10 20 20 10 — 60

Indian Creek 5 14 11 8 — 38

STEUBENVILLE (12-4): Kernahan 2 1-2 5, Sawyer 7 0-0 17, Jackson 4 0-0 8, Gresko 3 2-2 8, Rook 2 0-0 6, Zimmerman 2 0-2 5, Hill 0 0-0 0, Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Buggs 1 0-0 2, Jones 1 2-9 4, Thompson 0 0-0 0, McCoy 0 3-4 3, Feaster 1 0-0 2, Drakes 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23, 8-18: 60.

INDIAN CREEK (2-9): Francis 2 0-0 4, M. Kuczykowski 0 4-4 4, L. Kuczykowski 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 1-2 1, Morelli 1 2-2 4, Vandeborne 1 2-2 4, Pownell 0 0-0 0, Irizarry 0 0-0 0, Vandine 1 3-4 5, Smith 0 0-0 0, Schaffer 4 2-4 8, Tweedy 0 1-2 1, Freshwater 0 0-0 0, Rothacker 1 3-10 5. TOTALS: 10, 18-30: 38.

3-POINT GOALS: Steubenville 6 (Sawyer 3, Rook 2, Zimmerman); Indian Creek none. REBOUNDS: Steubenville 28 (Kernahan 6); Indian Creek 16 (Schaffer 6). TURNOVERS: Steubenville 19; Indian Creek 17.

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