Two freshmen, defense leads Redskins to huge victory over rival Wildcats

DRIVING — Indian Creek’s Kylie Kiger drives past Edison’s Maddie Brenstuhl on Monday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls basketball team posted shutouts against Edison in the first and fourth quarters to defeat the its rival, 56-7, Monday night at home.

“After our loss to Harrison Central, one of the things we talked about was we really need to rely on our defense,” Indian Creek (2-1) head coach Jackie Rossi said. “Harrison Central really went at us. They knocked us back on our heels, and we decided we did not want that to happen again.

“Starting with Buckeye Local, we decided that we need our defense to create our offense. They go together. Defense is going to be our focus. Defense is our strength. We really shut them down. We scored a lot of points off of turnovers. I am really proud of them.”

Indian Creek scored the first 22 points and the last 22 points of the game.

“We stunk,” Edison (1-2) first-year head coach Jeff Stone said.

Ten players scored in the game for the Redskins, while just three scored for the Wildcats.

Freshmen Kylie Kiger and Taylor Jones each netted 10 points and six rebounds to lead the way for Indian Creek.

“Ashley Yaich and Rachel Cooper, we look to those two to provide a defensive spark, and it is really contagious to the rest of the team,” Rossi said. “Yaich and Cooper may not be flashy offensively, but defensively they get us going. Defensively, everything evolves around those two. Cooper is our lone senior. To see Cooper having success, it makes me proud because she has worked hard.

“Offensively, we had balanced scoring. We had two freshmen lead us in scoring with 10 and 10. We were pretty balanced in the scoring column. We do not have a star on offense, but we are OK with that. We need five starts on defense.”

Lauren Ferralli finished with a team-high four points to lead the way for Edison. Kayla Huff and Sami Springer each collected five rebounds.

“They switched defenses, and they confused us in the third,” Rossi said. “They switched from a 2-3 to a triangle 3-2 to man. They had us on our heels. They made us think. No. 15 (Huff) played hard for them. Her along with (Ferralli) and (Springer) were the girls we keyed on.”

Indian Creek led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter and 33-4 at halftime. The Redskins took a 40-7 lead into the fourth.

“That was the worst display of high school basketball I have ever seen,” Stone said. “Indian Creek is good, but we made them look better than they are.”

The Wildcats committed 30 turnovers, while the Redskins committed 12.

Both teams are scheduled to play Thursday. Edison is slated to host rival Buckeye Local, while Indian Creek will travel to take on East Liverpool.

Indian Creek 56 Edison 7

Edison 0-4-3-0 — 7

Indian Creek 18-15-7-16 — 56

Edison (1-2): Perry 1 0-0 2, Brenstuhl 0 0-0 0, McConnell 0 0-0 0, Potkrajac 0 0-0 0, Huff 0 0-0 0, Grafton 0 0-0 0, Ferrali 2 0-2 4, Simeral 0 0-0 0, Springer 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 1-2 1, Keenan 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 3 1-2 7.

Indian Creek (2-1): Cooper 3 1-2 7, Kiger 5 0-0 10, Tweedy 1 0-0 2, Parrish 2 0-0 4, Taylor 2 0-0 4, Yaich 2 0-0 4, Copeland 0 0-0 0, Clark 2 0-0 4, K. Scott 2 0-0 4, Jones 4 2-2 10, Orban 3 1-2 7, T. Scott 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 3-4 56. 3-pointers: 1 (Orban)

Rebounds: Edison 24 (Huff 5, Springer 5); Indian Creek 35 (Kiger 6, Jones 6). Turnovers: Edison 30; Indian Creek 12.