Taylor, Creek attack Big Red for 11th win
WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls basketball team can beat anybody on offense by draining 3-pointers, nailing close-range shots or attacking the rim.
Against Steubenville Tuesday night, the Redskins were in attack mode from the opening tip and never let up during their 60-37 victory.
“We’ve been playing well defensively all year, especially the last couple of games. But, offensively, I haven’t been real happy with ball movement and other things,” Creek head coach Steve Eft said. “We’ve been pushing them really hard at practice, and our ball movement was way better (Tuesday). We shared the ball extremely well. We missed some shots we could’ve made, but we just wanted to attack the basket and share the ball.”
What also helped the Redskins (11-1) attack the basket was the absence of Big Red star forward Makayla Abram due to a death in her family.
“Indian Creek came out, played hard and executed well,” Steubenville head coach Angie Forte said. “They put pressure on us. At times we handled the pressure, and at times we were just out of position and didn’t make the play.”
Following a 16-4 deficit late in the opening quarter, Big Red (5-8) sprinted on a mini 6-0 run and trailed by six early in the second. After that, Creek outscored its rival, 15-6, and led 31-16 at the break.
The Redskins’ attack mode resulted in just one 3-point field goal by Taylor Jones. Most of their points came via layups after tremendous passing, led by Hailey Clark’s six assists. Overall, Creek totaled 18 dimes, compared to eight from Big Red.
Although Creek’s defense was solid once again (has allowed now 67 points over the last three games), it did have to make a slight adjustment.
“We played a little man in the second half and was real solid. No matter if it’s man or zone, we’re going to pressure the ball,” Eft said. “Give Steubenville and Angie credit because they’ve improved, and our zone wasn’t real effective (Tuesday). Luckily we were able to contain them offensively with the man-to-man.”
Kylie Kiger, normally a solid 3-point shooter, drove her way to 14 points for the second consecutive game, three boards and four assists. She has been in a funk from beyond the arc of late, so making layups and going to the line hopefully will help cure that.
“She’s been struggling with her outside shot a little bit, but she remains positive and impacts the game in so many different ways,” Eft said. “Her shot will come back. I tell her to keep shooting and don’t think about it. She had some nice assists (Tuesday), especially in the second half.”
Jones led all scorers with 20 points and, usually a double-double machine, only grabbed five rebounds. Makenzie Taylor, however, stepped up in that department with 13 boards. She also had 15 points to complete the double-double.
“We’ve been on her in practice about rebounding,” Eft said. “Taylor (Jones) can’t always do it. Makenzie Taylor stepped up big offensively and defensively rebounding and just played a great overall game.”
For Steubenville, Kylie Maxwell had a solid night with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two assists. Lexi Martin, returning from a shoulder injury sustained last week, had five points, six boards and a pair of dimes. Gianna Hill added four points and four rebounds.
“We tried to change some things up defensively, and it didn’t quite work out in our favor,” Forte said. “We got mixed up that led to some easy buckets, and they executed on our mistakes.”
Big Red came from behind to win the jayvee contest, 34-30. Madalyn Criss led Steubenville with 11 points. Creek’s Rebecca Blackburn had nine.
Steubenville: Tentatively travels to East Liverpool Thursday.
Indian Creek: Tentatively travels to Buckeye Local Thursday.
Indian Creek 60, Steubenville 37
Steubenville 6 10 8 9 — 37
Indian Creek 16 15 17 12 — 60
STEUBENVILLE (5-8): Thompson 0 2-2 2; Cucarese 0 0-0 0; Fleming 1 1-2 3; Maxwell 7 5-7 19; Martin 2 1-2 5; Hill 2 0-0 4; Blackwell 0 0-0 0; Criss 1 0-0 2; Warner 1 0-1 2; Matyas 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14, 9-14: 37.
INDIAN CREEK (11-1): Kiger 6 2-3 14; Taylor 6 3-5 15; Copeland 1 0-0 2; Clark 3 0-1 6; Jones 6 7-7 20; Starkey 1 0-0 2; Anderson 0 0-2 0; Ballato 0 1-2 1; Blackburn 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23, 13-20: 60.
3-POINT GOALS: Steubenville none; Indian Creek 1 (Jones). REBOUNDS: Steubenville 34 (Maxwell 13); Indian Creek 30 (Taylor 13). ASSISTS: Steubenville 8 (3 players with 2 each); Indian Creek 18 (Clark 6). TURNOVERS: Steubenville 22; Indian Creek 12.