Wildcats hold off Redskins after dominant start, 56-53

DRIVING IN — Edison’s Isaac Schmitz drives to the hoop with Indian Creek’s Matt Mamula guarding on Friday. (Andrew Grimm)

RICHMOND — The Edison boys basketball team gave a standing room only crowd plenty of reason to cheer on Friday night, holding off a furious rally by rival Indian Creek to win, 56-53.

“We did enough tonight to win,” Edison coach Nate Moses said. “This is a real big win for our seniors to beat Indian Creek here. We’re a pretty good basketball team, and we are going to continue to get better from here. The biggest thing is we found a way to win. We’ve been in a lot of games this year … and we found a way to win one, which is something we can build off of.

“The crowd was amazing. The student section was great on both sides. I love to see this small gym filled up. There is no better place for basketball in the Ohio Valley than when this place is packed.”

After the Wildcats (5-6) led by 19 points at the halftime break, Indian Creek (6-5) had the deficit down to just two twice in the final minute. With four seconds to go and the Redskins down by three points, Brennon Norris attempted a jumper from beyond the arc that would have tied the game, but the ball bounced off the rim. Edison’s Isaac Schmitz grabbed the rebound to dribble out the remaining time and send the packed crowd into a frenzy.

“We knew Indian Creek was going to make a run in the second half,” Moses said. “They are a good team. Coach (Joe) Dunlevy does a great job with that group. I felt like we did a real good job of continuing to battle.

“You play the game to win. No matter by how many, a win is a good thing.”

After getting outscored 21-9 in the second quarter, Indian Creek started the second half with a 10-0 run to climb right back into the game. Dunlevy’s club trailed by eight after three quarters.

“We were a little disappointed with how we represented Indian Creek in the first half,” Dunlevy said. “We are really, really proud of the way we played in the second half. We didn’t make any adjustments in the second half. We just talked about executing the game plan we talked about before the game. We did in the second half. It’s disappointing we came out the way we did. Congratulations to Nate and his kids. They hit some big shots and got the win.

“It was a fun atmosphere to be a part of. Both sides of the court were into the game. Everybody here got their money’s worth.”

The Wildcats made some big shots in the fourth to push the lead to double figures multiple times. Indian Creek’s Derrick Eakle then hit back-to-back 3-pointers, followed up by a steal and layup by Michael Allan that cut the deficit to two as the clock ticked under a minute left.

A pair of key free throws by Schmitz with less than 30 seconds to go pushed it back to a four-point game, and that deficit proved to be too much to overcome for Indian Creek.

“It’s disappointing because we had the momentum and would have liked to gone to overtime,” Dunlevy said. “We just had some shots that didn’t go in when we needed them to. The kids played very hard and very good on the defensive end in the second half. They gave us a chance to win.”

Schmitz led everyone with a game-high 19 points, while Zac Easter and Anthony Sinicropi each scored 10 points for Edison.

Eakle and Austin Judson netted 13 points each for the Redskins, while Allan finished with 12.

Indian Creek plays at Beaver Local on Tuesday. Edison stays home on Tuesday to host Weir High.


¯ Edison won the jayvee game, 45-25. Noah Woods led the Wildcats with 25 points, while Clayton Parsons finished with seven points for Indian Creek.

(Grimm can be reached at agrimm@heraldstaronline.com)

Edison 56, Indian Creek 53

Indian Creek 6-9-17-21 — 53

Edison 13-21-6-16 — 56

INDIAN CREEK (6-5); Allan 5 2-4 12; Norris 1 0-0 2; Eakle 4 3-6 13; Judson 5 3-3 13; Vandine 4 1-2 9; Hilderbrand 1 1-2 4. TOTALS 20 10-17 53.

EDISON (5-6): Sinicropi 3 2-4 10; Robinson 0 0-0 0; Easter 5 0-0 10; McAfoose 0 0-0 0; Schmitz 6 4-8 19; Scott 0 0-0 0; Kinney 0 0-0 0; McBane 3 2-5 8; Pugh 3 2-4 9. TOTALS: 20 10-19 56.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek 3 (Eakle 2, Hilderbrand); Edison 5 (Sinicropi 2, Schmitz 2, Pugh). ASSISTS: 14 (Norris 7); Edison 14 (Pugh 4). REBOUNDS: Indian Creek 24 (Eakle 8); Edison 20 (Schmitz 6). TURNOVERS: Indian Creek 22; Edison 16.