Redskins exploit Panthers

WINTERSVILLE — Tuesday night’s contest between Buckeye Local and Indian Creek turned into a 3-point shooting contest.

Both boys basketball teams combined to hit 19 shots from beyond the arc. The Panthers hit three more from long range than the Redskins, but Indian Creek outscored Buckeye Local by 22 points in the first and fourth quarters en route to a 71-60 victory Tuesday night at home.

“You have to give Buckeye credit,” Indian Creek (1-3) head coach Joe Dunlevy said. “They made a lot of shots tonight. They made tough shots. I think they made six or seven in a row at one point.”

The Panthers made 11 3-pointers, while the Redskins made eight.

“I did not expect them to hit the 3 like they did,” first-year Buckeye Local (1-3) head coach Joe Soos said. “You have to give them credit. They knocked them down. We were late getting to them, and they knocked them down. That was a big spread there. We went down by 11.

“I did not want to play man against them. Our man defense is not good, but we held up against them.”

Buckeye Local led by one point entering the fourth, but the Redskins outscored the Panthers, 23-11, in the quarter to record the victory.

“You just hope that your kids keep playing and that, sooner or later, you are able to take their legs and they are going to miss shome shots,” Dunlevy said about what changed in the fourth quarter. “They were making everything. They made tough shots. They made open shots. You have to give them and their coaching staff credit.”

The Panthers outscored the Redskins, 36-25, in the second and third quarters. Indian Creek led by as many as 13 points in the second, but Buckeye Local battled back and took a five-point lead in the third.

“Up here, you know what you are going to get,” Soos said. “Indian Creek is well-coached, and they play tenacious defense. When you play them, it is like they are playing with eight and you are playing with five. They do a hell of a job.”

Austin Yaich netted a team-high 18 points to Indian Creek. Austin Judson delivered 14 points, Brennon Norris netted 11 and Nick Crawford collected 10. The foursome combined to make all eight of the Redskins’ 3-pointers.

“I think we are a good-shooting team,” Dunlevy said. “We shot the ball well tonight. I was happy we did not have as many turnovers. Our kids when in the gym shooting before school, and they will be in the gym shooting before school tomorrow weather permitting.”

Drake Novak recorded a game-high 25 points for Buckeye Local, while Shane Heitz tallied 16. The pair combined to hit seven 3s.

“We have two experienced kids, and they combined for 41 of our points,” Soos said. “We have those two, but now we need some other kids to step up. We need to get contributions from everybody. Some kids stepped up tonight. I think we are going to be a good team.”

The Redskins outrebounded the Panthers, 31-20. Yaich tallied eight rebounds to lead Indian Creek, while Jacob Moffo finished with seven rebounds to lead Buckeye Local.

The Panthers committed just five turnovers in the game, while the Redskins committed 13.

“It is not like our kids aren’t playing hard. They are playing as hard as they can,” Dunlevy said. “I keep every schedule of practice we have. I look to see what we have not been working on, and that is why we make some of the mistakes we do. That is on me. We have to work harder on some things. I am able to look at the schedule and look back and see what we have been working on. I need to do a better job at practice.”

The Redskins got off to a fast start as they built a 23-13 advantage at the end of the first. The lead grew to 26-13 in the second before the Panthers scratched and clawed their way back into the game. Novak drained a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half to pull his team to within three at halftime.

“They did some things different,” Dunlevy said. “They ran some different sets that they did not run last year. It was kind of surprising that it is early in the season, but they run their sets so well. That is a credit to their coaching staff.”

Buckeye Local continued its strong play in the third quarter as it took a 46-41 advantage. The Panthers led 49-48 entering the fourth.

“Joe does a heckof a job,” Soos said. “Their kids work hard. Every time you turn around there is an Indian Creek kid. It is like they are playing with seven or eight kids.”

Both teams are scheduled to play Friday. Indian Creek is slated to play a varsity only game against Weir at 6:45 p.m. down at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Buckeye Local will host rival Edison.

Game notes:

¯ Indian Creek won the JV game, 52-49, in overtime. Jacob Wright tallied 12 points for the Redskins, while Stevie Roberts recorded 19 for the Panthers.

Indian Creek 71, Buckeye Local 60

Buckeye Local 13-17-19-11 — 60

Indian Creek 23-10-15-23 — 71

BUCKEYE LOCAL (1-3): Novak 9 3-4 25, Long 0 0-0 0, Mills 0 0-0 0, Marelli 0 0-0 0, Roberts 1 0-0 2, Moffo 1 0-0 2, Heitz 5 3-3 16, Brown 2 1-2 7, Seaman 3 0-0 8. TOTALS: 21 7-9 60. 3-POINT GOALS: 11 (Novak 4, Heitz 3, Brown 2, Seaman 2).

INDIAN CREEK (1-3): Allan 0 0-0 0, Norris 4 1-4 11, Eakle 2 2-4 6, 4 9-13 18, Judson 5 2-4 14, Crawford 3 1-2 10, Robinson 0 0-2 0, Fante 2 2-2 6, Pugh 1 0-0 2, Waggoner 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 23 17-27 71. 3-POINT GOALS: 8 (Crawford 3, Norris 2, Judson 2, Norris).

REBOUNDS: Buckeye Local 20 (Moffo 7); Indian Creek 31 (Yaich 8). TURNOVERS: Buckeye Local 5; Indian Creek 13.