Creek girls storm Oak Glen, continue undefeated start

REBOUNDING — Indian Creek’s Taylor Jonesgrabs a rebound over Oak Glen’s Maddie McKay and Alayna Kranis on Thursday. Also shown is Indian Creek’s Taylor Scott. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

NEW CUMBERLAND — Despite a frustrating second half and numerous fouls, the Indian Creek girls basketball team outlasted Oak Glen for a 60-42 victory on Thursday.

“We weren’t mentally ready to play, and that’s on me. I have to do a better job of getting us ready to go and preparing for our opponent,” Indian Creek head coach Steve Eft said. “We faced a little adversity in that second half. We lacked leadership on the floor. The girls always play hard and do their best, but we just need more vocal leadership on the floor.”

The Redskins (6-0) led 30-14 at halftime before the Golden Bears (2-3) attempted a comeback, which they have done during their two victories. A 7-0 Indian Creek surge at the end of the third quarter through the early portion of the fourth helped keep its head above water. Throughout that run, most of the Redskins’ starters were on the bench.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Oak Glen head coach Scott Wiley said. “We knew it was going to be tough. We tried to get notes from other coaches on them, and it was the same thing each time. They pressured us throughout, and we had to limit our turnovers. They were just so aggressive that we really couldn’t get into an offensive set.

“We knew we could fight back, but we just didn’t have it tonight. We’re not where they’re at, but we’re trying to get there.”

Taylor Jones led the Redskins with 12 points. Taylor Scott, who was a key contributor to that scoring run, finished with 11 off the bench. Kylie Kiger had 10, and Kacie Vandeborne added eight.

“We got huge minutes in Taylor Scott off the bench tonight,” Eft said. “Our whole bench played well and picked us up, Taylor in particular. When things weren’t going well in that third quarter, she came in and gave us a huge spark. I’m really proud of her. She’s a great kid who does anything you ask her to.”

For the Golden Bears, Reece Enochs recorded a game-high 14 points. Maggie Kovalcik finished behind her with 13. Alexa Andrews chipped in five.

The Redskins host Buckeye Local on Monday, while Oak Glen welcomes East Liverpool on Wednesday.

GAME NOTES

¯ Oak Glen won the jayvee game, 32-31. Ally Severs led the Golden Bears with eight points, while Indian Creek’s Liz Mazar had 15.

¯ During their two victories, the Golden Bears trailed the entire game both times before coming back in the final frame.

Indian Creek 60, Oak Glen 42

Indian Creek 17-13-12-18 — 60

Oak Glen 8-6-14-14 — 42

INDIAN CREEK (6-0): Clark 0 0-0 0; Kiger 4 1-3 10; Tweedy 2 1-2 5; Parrish 0 0-0 0; Taylor 2 4-8 8; Copeland 0 0-2 0; H. Scott 0 0-0 0; Vandeborne 3 2-4 8; Jones 4 4-4 12; Orban 2 0-0 4; T. Scott 4 3-6 11. TOTALS: 22, 15-29: 60.

OAK GLEN (2-3): Giorgini 1 1-2 3; Enochs 3 7-9 14; Kovalcik 4 4-8 13; Andrews 1 2-4 5; McKay 1 3-4 5; Barganski 0 0-0 0; Kranis 1 0-3 2. TOTALS: 11, 17-30: 42.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek 1 (Kiger); Oak Glen 3 (Enochs, Kovalcik, Andrews).

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