Redskins hunt down Huskies
WINTERSVILLE — Seniors Sloane Lewis and Ally Tweedy tallied 15 points in the first quarter, as the duo provided a much-needed spark to enable the Indian Creek girls basketball team to shake off a slow start, en route to a 75-27 victory against Harrison Central Monday night on senior night.
The Huskies jumped out to a 5-0 lead, forcing the Redskins to call timeout just 30 seconds into the game.
“This was our fourth game in seven days, and I think we had some tired legs,” Indian Creek (17-1) head coach Steve Eft said. “It was senior night, and I don’t think their focus was there and neither was the energy. I am proud of the girls for being able to come out of it. We were able to get into a rhythm offensively.”
Harrison Central had some chances to tack on some more points early in the first, but the Huskies had multiple empty possessions in a row. The Redskins were able to take full advantage of the drought and ran away with the game.
“The thing with the 5-0 start is we got off to a good start, and then we had four or five empty possessions in a row after the hot start,” Harrison Central (1-18) head coach Nick Yourkovich said. “We did not extend the lead. Had we been able to add to our lead, we could have put some pressure on them.”
Tweedy delivered nine points, while Lewis scored six, as the Redskins erased their five-point deficit and, keyed by a 16-0 run, built an 18-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
“Our seniors played an awesome game,” Eft said. “They are outstanding student-athletes here at Indian Creek. They excel at multiple sports.
“I am happy for Sloane. She was able to get into double figures tonight. Ally has been big all season for us. She had another good game tonight..”
The hosts outscored the visitors, 19-6, in the second quarter. Indian Creek took a 37-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Redskins’ pressure defense forced the Huskies into committing turnovers, and Indian Creek was able to capitalize with some easy baskets on the other end of the court.
“We expected them to do that,” Yourkovich said. “We know what they do. We know what they are good at. We had a good plan coming into the game, but we did not execute it. They put pressure on us, and we did not have girls in the right spots. They were able to get runouts and, as a result of those runouts, we were not able to set up our half-court defense, and they were able to score points off of them.”
The victors scored the first 18 points of the third, as Indian Creek outscored Harrison Central, 23-2, in the quarter. The Redskins took a 60-15 lead into the fourth.
“We are still trying to get ready for the tournaments — the OVAC tournament and the sectional tournament,” Eft said. “We are off until Monday. That will give us a chance to get some rested legs. We just want to get better every day. We want to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season. We are going to keep working hard. We are going to continue to try and get better. We want to be playing our best basketball in the next few weeks.”
Four players finished in double figures for the Redskins. Tweedy posted a game-high 18 points, Makenzie Taylor 14, Kylie Kiger 13 and Lewis 11. Taylor Jones ended up scoring nine.
“Coach (Ron) Tweedy has been with these girls since they were in fourth, fifth and sixth grade,” Eft said. “He coached them in seventh and eighth grade. He deserves a lot of the credit for the success these girls have had. We have a tight-knit group of girls. He has done a great job. He does a lot of things for me. We would not have the success we have had without him.”
McKayla Dunkle collected a team-high 12 points to lead the way for the Huskies. Britton Positano netted five points to end up second on the team in scoring.
The game was the first one for the Redskins after Indian Creek lost to Union Local in the Buckeye 8 Championship game Saturday at Buckeye Local. That loss snapped the team’s 16-game winning streak to open the season.
The game also was the final one before the cutoff before the annual OVAC tournament. The Redskins entered the game as the No. 1 team in Class 5A, and they are expected to hold on to the top spot, as No. 2 Wheeling Park did not play Monday.
“Winning the regular-season championship would be a huge accomplishment,” Eft said. “We may be the smallest school in Class 5A. Winning the 5A regular-season title would be nice. The girls deserve all of the credit. They have put the time in. They deserve all of the accolades they will be getting. We want to win the OVAC tournament, but finishing first would be huge.”
Indian Creek will either play Steubenville or Weir High Monday at home in the semifinals. Big Red, which fell at home to Martins Ferry Monday, entered Monday fourth in the rankings. The Red Riders were close behind in fifth but defeated Catholic Central in overtime Monday.
Tournament action is scheduled to begin Monday with the semifinals in each class, as well as consolation pool games.
Indian Creek won the two-quarter JV game, 32-11. Shilea Smith scored a game-high 11 points for the Redskins, while Kayln Ledger recorded six for the Huskies.
Indian Creek 75, Harrison Central 27
Harrison Central 7-6-2-12 — 27
Indian Creek 18-19-23-15 — 75
HARRISON CENTRAL (1-18): Dulkoski 0 0-0 0; Positano 2 1-2 5; Corder 1 0-0 2; Dunkle 6 0-0 12; Fischer 0 0-0 0; Goudy 0 0-0 0; Butler 1 2-3 4; Harbold 1 0-0 2; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Ledger 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 12, 3-5: 27.
INDIAN CREEK (17-1): Lewis 5 0-0 11; Kiger 5 0-0 13; Tweedy 7 0-0 18; Ratkovec 1 0-0 2; Taylor 6 2-5 14; Strakey 1 0-0 2; Smith 0 0-0 0; Copeland 1 0-0 2; Clark 2 0-0 4; Jones 4 1-1 9; Ballato 0 0-2 0. TOTALS: 32, 3-8: 76.
3-POINTERS: Harrison Central (none); Indian Creek 8 (Tweedy 4, Kiger 3, Lewis).