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Indian Creek girls start fast in rout of Toronto – The Steubenville Herald-Star

TORONTO — The Indian Creek girls’ basketball team was able to create turnovers and get out in transition against Jefferson County foe Toronto.

The Redskins ripped off a 22-0 run in the first quarter to break an early tie and never looked back en route to defeating the Red Knights, 77-29, via mercy rule in the opening game of the 3rd Annual Todd Kalivoda Holiday Showcase Tuesday afternoon inside the George J. Kunzler Memorial Gymnasium.

“We really focus on our defense,” Indian Creek (7-2) head coach Steve Eft said. “Everything starts with our defense for us. We are focused on our defense. We want to get stops and get our in transition.

“We talk all the time about our defense leading to our offense. The girls did a great job today.”

The Redskins led by as many as 47 points in the game.

The Red Knights also want to force turnovers and got out into transition, however, they were not as successful doing so as the Redskins.

“They did it better than we did,” Toronto (2-8) head coach Rusty Hodgkiss said. “They sure were able to create turnovers and get out in transition. 

“I don’t think it was exclusively the turnovers. They were able to completely speed us up. We could not get into any structure on offense. We could not get any structure today.”

After Toronto tied the score at 4, Indian Creek netted the next 22 points to build a commanding 26-4 advantage. A 3-pointer as time expired gave the Red-and-Gold a 30-9 lead at the end of the first.

“It was all about what Indian Creek does,” Hodgkiss said. “Indian Creek does not do 100,000 things, they just do a couple of things, but they do them really well. They didn’t do anything new.

“There was a psychological effect. I think we would throw passes so the girl guarding us would go away. They broke us down mentally. We did make some physical mistakes.

“They were a lot more physical. They were able to play at the speed they want to play at. We could not match that.”

The visitors extended their advantage in the second as the girls in red built a 45-11 lead before another buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the victors a 50-19 lead at halftime.

The running clock came into play in the third. The Redskins ended the quarter on a 15-0 run to take a 70-23 lead into the fourth.

“We have had a week-and-a-half off,” Eft said. “We were canceled Friday because of the weather. 

“The girls were eager to get back out on the court and compete. We were coming off the loss to Ferry, and the girls came out ready to go. They were excited, and they played really well.”

Indian Creek outscored Toronto, 7-6, in the fourth to account for the final margin of victory. 

“The girls executed when we slowed it down,” Eft said. “We were able to get to the rim. We want to to go inside-out.

“Our post players did a nice job. Our guards were able to get to the rim. That is what you want to see.”

McKenna Scott collected a game-high 16 points to lead the way offensively for the Redskins. Scott contributed four 3-pointers in the win. Also, Gabby Taylor tallied 13 points, Tori Robertson recorded 12 and Kylie Anderson added 11.

“Coach (Sean) Tucker and I are good friends,” Eft said. “It was nice of him to invite us to this event. Coach Tucker and Rusty do a great job. Hopefully, they invite us back next year.”

Ashton Thomas scored a team-high 13 points to lead the way for the Red-and-White, while Maryn Donnelly delivered eight.

“This is a huge deal for us,” Hodgkiss said. “I went to school with Todd. I played basketball with Todd. We grew up together. Nobody cared more about Toronto – and not just sports — but the whole school than Todd.

“He loved the kids. He did stuff with the band. He coached boys’ basketball. He coached girls’ basketball. He was at baseball games. 

“To be a part of this, is a huge deal for me. I explained that to the kids this week. It’s an honor to take part in something that memorializes Todd in this way.”

The meeting was the first between to the two schools in many years. 

“This is the first time we have played them in the regular season since I have been coach,” Eft said. 

While the teams have not played during the season, the two teams have scrimmaged in the past.

“When I first came to Toronto, I liked to scrimmage them,” Hodgkiss said. “We scrimmaged them when Jackie (Rossi) was there. I wanted to introduce our girls to the speed of the varsity game. I could not tall you how long it has been since we played them in a regular game.”

Indian Creek is scheduled to play Thursday at home against Minerva. The JV game is set to start at 6 p.m.

Toronto is slated to play Thursday at Bridgeport. The varsity-only game will start at 6 p.m.

Indian Creek 77, Toronto 29

Indian Creek 30 20 20 7 – 77

Toronto       9 10  4 6 – 29

INDIAN CREEK (7-2): Scott 6 0-0 16, Taylor 5 2-2 13, Sadler 2 0-0 5, Vandeborne 1 0-0 2, Starkey 2 0-0 5, Ballato 2 3-4 7, Kentron 2 0-0 4, Anderson 5 1-2 11, Robertson 6 0-0 12, Allen 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 32 6-8 77. 

TORONTO (2-8) : Derrington 0 0-0 0, Rex 0 0-0 0, L. Anderson 0 0-0 0, Chevalier 1 0-0 2, Donnelly 4 0-2 8, C. Anderson 1 0-1 2, Rebich 2 0-0 6, Crago 0 0-0 0, Owings 0 0-0 0, Thomas 4 3-4 11. TOTALS: 12 3-6 29. 

3-POINTERS: Indian Creek 7 (Scott 4, Taylor, Sadler, Starkey); Toronto 2 (Rebich 2)

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