Redskins post first-half shutout, top Wildcats in home opener
WINTERSVILLE — Looking like a mirror image of this time a year ago, the Indian Creek girls basketball team wants to show early on that it improved from the disappointing end to the two previous seasons.
The Redskins took another huge step forward in their home opener Thursday night against rival Edison.
Indian Creek took care of the Wildcats, 73-12, and that was expected. What wasn’t expected was something most fans probably never witnessed before. The Redskins (3-0) did not allow a point in the first half and led, 43-0.
“We came out with a lot of energy for our home opener. I was really happy with the energy early,” Indian Creek head coach Steve Eft said. “We were attacking, which is what we want to do. We were attacking offensively and defensively. I was really happy about their effort.
“They (the now 0-3 Wildcats) had some decent looks that they probably should have made. They were working really hard. Coach (John) Visser is doing a really good job. He’s a new coach, and they’re learning a new system. They have a lot of young girls. If they work hard, eventually they’re going to be fine. He’s doing the right things. Him and coach (Ron) Smith I have a lot of respect for. Coach Smith and I have been friends for a long time. Tonight just wasn’t their night.”
Eft also was excited to see Kylie Kiger and Taylor Jones step up. Kiger, who had tape wrapped around her right shoulder, finished with a game-high 18 points and five assists. Jones delivered a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds).
“They came out and continued to play well,” Eft said. “Taylor had a breakout game on the boards. She picked up where she left off. Kylie finally got her shot going. She hasn’t been shooting it real well, so it was good to see her making some shots. She also dished the ball really nice and had a lot of assists. Both of those girls really stepped up and played well.”
Makenzie Taylor had 10 points for the Redskins, while Hailey Clark had eight and Ally Tweedy seven.
Despite the lopsided score after each quarter, the Wildcats did not give up and fought the very end.
“There’s no doubt Creek is one of the best teams. Give them credit for how hard they played,” Visser said. “They put on a clinic, and we can learn from it. We were hoping to take a step forward tonight, but we took a couple back. We were scared. My girls came out in the second half and fought, and that’s all I can ask from them.
“We’re not going to quit. We have goals. This was a tough one to take. But, when you have girls that don’t quit and strive to get better, we’ll be OK long term.”
Savanna Ankram led Edison with six points, all coming during a 10-point third quarter. Alyson Fiedorczyk recorded four points, and Ashley Grafton added a pair.
EDISON: Hosts Buckeye Local on Monday.
INDIAN CREEK: Travels to East Liverpool on Monday.
Indian Creek 73, Edison 12
Edison 0-0-10-2 — 12
Creek 27-16-23-7 — 73
EDISON (0-3): Furbee 0 0-0 0; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Petrisko 0 0-0 0; Fiedorczyk 2 0-0 4; Ankrom 2 2-2 6; Fankhauser 0 0-0 0; Meadows 0 0-0 0; Grafton 1 0-1 2; Fox 0 0-0 0; Huff 0 0-0 0; Scott 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 5, 2-3: 12.
INDIAN CREEK (3-0): Lewis 1 0-0 2; Kiger 7 0-0 18; Tweedy 3 0-0 7; Ratkovec 1 1-2 3; Taylor 5 0-0 10; Starkey 1 2-2 4; Copeland 2 0-0 4; Clark 3 1-2 8; Jones 5 6-6 17. TOTALS: 28, 10-12: 73.
3-POINT GOALS: Edison none; Indian Creek 7 (Kiger 4, Tweedy, Clark, Jones).