Indian Creek rolls over Oak Glen

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek girls basketball team was given the day off Tuesday, and the Redskins took full advantage of it as they came out re-energized Wednesday night against Oak Glen.

The Redskins got off to a fast start and never looked back en route to a 65-29 victory at home to sweep the season series.

“One thing I told the girls was we cannot play laid back; we cannot play that type of game,” Indian Creek (15-3) head coach Jackie Rossi said. “We are not that type of team. We wanted to come out and jump out to a lead.

“Give Oak Glen credit. They battled back in the first quarter. They hit some shots. They are agressive. They definitely competed. I’m not sure what it was, but we pressured them, and then they started turning the ball over more.”

The Redskins scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Golden Bears fought back and pulled within 16-13 at the end of the first. After that, however, it was all Indian Creek.

Turnovers plagued Oak Glen as the Golden Bears committed 37 in the game.

“That is not a good thing,” Oak Glen (5-14) head coach John Leary said. “We played a very good first quarter after we were down 10-0. At the end of the quarter, it was 16-13. I was very pleased with that. I was pleased with how we fought back. Another thing I told the girls was other than that one 5-count, we did not have a lot of trouble getting the ball in. When they went to fullcourt pressure on us, I thought we handled it well.”

Thirteen players played for Indian Creek, and all of them contributed to the victory. Ashley Yaich collected a career-high and a game-high 17 points, Taylor Jones tallied 11 points and Kiley Kiger collected 10.

Brittany Loveland delivered a team-high nine points to lead the way for Oak Glen, while Maggie Kovalcik and Reece Enochs each contributed four.

The Redskins broke the game open by outscoring the Golden Bears, 23-1, in the second to take a 39-14 lead at halftime.

“One thing is we have got some big games coming up, and we have been trying to work on some things and we executed well tonight,” Rossi said. “We talked about after the Weir game Monday, I gave them the day off yesterday. They looked absolutely exhausted. I told them before the game that if I give you a day off, you better come out and play hard, and they did like the always do.”

The Redskins took a 55-23 lead into the fourth.

“Indian Creek plays good defense,” Leary said. “They are a good team. They get into the passing lanes. They make it hard for you to run your offense. That is the style of play I want to see us be able to play. I want to be able to play that style, and we will get that. If you have offensive deficiencies, coming up with points off of turnovers is a great help.”

Indian Creek out-rebounded Oak Glen, 31-22. Yaich led the Redskins with seven. She also added four steals.

“If you look at the box score, everyone contributed,” Rossi said. “We played all 13 kids. We had our JVs in in the fourth quarter. It was a total team effort. I am really proud of what we are doing. The girls play well together, they play with pride and they play with heart. I would not want to be coaching anywhere else other than coaching these kids. These are great kids.”

Both teams are scheduled to play today at home. Indian Creek is slated to play Brooke. Meanwhile, Oak Glen will take on Beaver Local. The JV game will be only two quarters long.

Game notes:

– Indian Creek won the JV game, 58-8. Taylor Scott collected a game-high 13 points to lead the way for the Redskins, while Skylar Adkins led the Golden Bears with three.

Indian Creek 65, Oak Glen 29

Oak Glen 13-1-9-6 – 29

Indian Creek 16-23-16-10 – 65

OAK GLEN (5-14): Giorgini 1 0-0 2; Kovalcik 1 2-2 4; Loveland 4 0-0 9; Andrews 0 0-2 0; Enochs 1 2-2 4; Beaver 1 1-1 3; Severs 1 0-2 2; Jackson 0 0-0 0; Kranis 0 0-0 0; Travis 1 0-0 2; Orenzuk 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 11 5-11 29.

INDIAN CREEK (15-3): Cooper 1 0-0 2; Kiger 4 2-2 10; Tweedy 1 0-2 2; Parrish 2 0-0 4; Taylor 3 0-2 6; Yaich 8 1-2 17; Copeland 0 0-0 0; Clark 1 0-0 2; H. Scott 1 0-0 2; Vandeborne 1 0-0 2; Jones 4 3-4 11; Orban 3 0-0 7; T. Scott 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29 6-12 65.

3-POINT GOALS: Oak Glen 2 (Loveland, Orenzuk); Indian Creek 1 (Orban). REBOUNDS: Oak Glen 22 (Enochs 3, Severs 3, Kranis 3); Indian Creek 31 (Yaich 7). TURNOVERS: Oak Glen 37; Indian Creek 15.