Creek’s inside game earns a victory

WINTERSVILLE – Inside beat outside.

The Indian Creek girls’ basketball team used its height to its advantage against a shorter Bellaire squad for a 42-34 victory Thursday night at home.

Bellaire (5-8) had no answer for Indian Creek’s Bre Berryman and Kiarra Kamarec, who combined to score 38 points. Berryman recorded a game-high 24 points, while Kamarec contributed 14 points.

The Redskins’ Bethany Davis added the other four.

“We’ll take it,” Indian Creek (6-4) head coach Erin DeSantis said. “We are trying to figure things out. When you lose a point guard, everything shifts, everything changes. You have to plug people in, and we are trying to find the right combination. We played pretty well.”

Bellaire tallied five 3-pointers as the Big Reds hung around until the very end.

Bellaire head coach Marci Quirk said she was happy with her team’s defensive performance.

“We played great defense,” she said. “I am proud of how we played defensively.

“Ariann Maupin did a great job defensively on Bre Berryman. She played physical with her. I have never seen Berryman have to take so many second shots.

“I am proud of our defense, but we just couldn’t score. When you hold a team to 42 points, especially a team like that, you have to be happy, but not being able to score more than 42 hurts.

“I am proud of the girls. They played hard. We were still getting steals with three seconds left in the game.”

Sophomore Nina Crook contributed a team-high 22 points to lead the way for the Big Reds.

A basket by Kamarec gave the girls from Jefferson County a 14-4 lead early in the second quarter. The Redskins appeared to be in control of the game, but the Big Reds fought back.

A 3-pointer by Crook, who hit four from long range, pulled the Red and Black to within 18-15. After a three-point play by Berryman gave the hosts a 21-15 lead, Crook once again answered with a shot beyond the arc to pull the visitors back within three points.

Indian Creek scored the final two baskets of the stanza to take a 25-18 lead into the locker room.

“We are inexperienced,” DeSantis said. “When you go from playing your eighth-grade year to playing varsity as a freshman, that is a big step. We are trying to give them little doses of playing time. We are trying to build their confidence. That is difficult to do for juniors and seniors let along freshmen and sophomores, but that is the situation we are faced with. We are going to have to deal with it.”

Berryman and Kamarec combined to score all 27 of the Redskins points in the second half.

Berryman netted back-to-back baskets to give the victors a 29-18 lead early in the third quarter, but once again the Big Reds battled back thanks to the 3-point shot. Kierstyn Kidder and Crook converted from long range to pull their team to within 29-24.

Indian Creek took a 35-28 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Three foul shots gave the Redskins a 38-28 lead, but two baskets by Crook, who scored all six of her team’s points in the fourth quarter, pulled the Big Reds to within 38-32. Crook’s – and the Big Red’s – final points of the game came off of a steal and a layup with 1:46 left to play making the score 40-34.

Berryman scored a late basket to seal the deal.

“That is our selling point, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t get a good entry pass,” DeSantis said about her team’s height advantage.

“If you don’t do that, it doesn’t matter if you are 9-feet tall.

“We can’t force it inside. If it is not there, we have to reverse the basketball.

“Offensively, we are getting there. We played better than we have played lately.”

Both teams hit the road Monday – Indian Creek heads to Buckeye Local and Bellaire visits at Union Local.

Indian Creek 42, Bellaire 34

Bellaire 4 14 10 6 – 34

Indian Creek 12 13 10 7 – 42

BELLAIRE (5-8): Garloch 1 0-0 2, Kidder 1 0-2 3, Smith 1 0-0 2, Crozier 1 3-7 5, Ryan 0 0-0 0, Crook 9 0-0 22, Maupin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 3-9 34. 3-Pointers: Crook 4, Kidder.

INDIAN CREEK (6-4): Berryman 11 2-3 24, Kamarec 5 4-4 14, Davis 2 0-0 4, Shimko 0 0-0 0, Durbin 0 0-0 0, Celestin 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 6-7 42.