Eft’s return to Edison is victorious

Steve Eft

RICHMOND — The Indian Creek girls basketball team’s defense led to its offense against rival Edison.

The Redskins scored the first 19 points of the game and never looked back en route to a 68-11 victory Monday night at Edison.

“We are just trying to be consistent,” first-year Indian Creek coach Steve Eft said. “We want to play with the same intensity and discipline no matter who are opponent is. We are just trying to get better every day. We will enjoy this win tonight, and then tomorrow we will start to get ready for East Liverpool on Thursday.”

The Wildcats (0-3) committed 37 turnovers in the game, and did not score more than three points in any quarter.

“It has not been our night all three nights,” Edison coach Jeff Stone said. “There are no excuses. We are just playing awfully bad basketball. They have not accepted the fact that they have to work hard. When you have deficiencies in certain areas, you have to compensate for them in other areas. If you aren’t playing well on defense, you have to make up for it on offense.

“Everyone has to step up, and that includes the coaching staff also. It doesn’t matter if you are a player or a coach. We own the three losses big time. The coaches are trying to figure out a solution. We have used different lineups. We have tried different offenses. We have to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out, but I haven’t done it yet.”

Mackenzie Taylor and Taylor Jones combined to tally 38 points and 20 rebounds to lead the way for Indian Creek (2-0). Taylor collected a game-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds, and Jones netted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Three players — Alysea Fiedorczyk, Kenzi Potkrajac and Sydnee Keenan — scored three points each to lead Edison. Mikayla Petrisko grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

The Redskins led 22-2 after the first quarter, and extended their advantage to 37-5 at halftime. Indian Creek led 55-8 entering the fourth.

“It is still a little weird,” Eft, a graduate of Edison, said about coming back to his alma mater as Indian Creek’s head coach. ” I spent a lot of years in this gym. It is different. It is a little strange.”

“I am happy with the girls’ effort. I am happy with the win. We just want to keep getting better. We are going to focus on East Liverpool tomorrow.”

Both teams are scheduled to play Thursday. The Redskins will play the Potters at home, while Edison will play Buckeye Local on the road.

NOTES

Indian Creek won the JV game, 55-8. Liz Mazar recorded a game-high 15 points to lead the way for the Redskins, while Sloane Lewis scored 10. Trista Furbee, Laine Murphey and Emma Scott all collected two points for the Wildcats.

Indian Creek 68, Edison 11

Indian Creek 22-15-18-13 — 68

Edison 2-3-3-3 — 11

INDIAN CREEK (2-0): Clark 2 2-2 6; Kiger 0 0-0 0; Tweedy 1 1-2 3; Parrish 1 1-2 3; Taylor 11 1-1 23; Copeland 0 0-0 0; H. Scott 0 1-2 1; Vandeborne 2 0-0 4; Jones 5 5-8 15; Orban 3 1-1 8; T. Scott 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 27, 13-18: 68.

EDISON (0-3): Furbee 0 0-0 0; Crawford 0 0-0 0; Petrisko 0 0-0 0; Fiedorczyk 1 1-2 3; Murphey 0 0-0 0; Potkrajac 1 1-2 3; Swickard 0 0-0 0; Meadows 0 0-0 0; Grafton 0 0-1 0; Ferralli 1 0-0 2; Scott 0 0-0 0; Keenan 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 4, 3-7: 13.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creeek 1 (Orban); Edison none. REBOUNDS: Indian Creek 38 (Jones 11); Edison 22 (Petrisko 5). TURNOVERS: Indian Creek 11; Edison 37.

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