WINTERSVILLE - Super sophomore Bre Berryman definitely is the real deal. On Saturday afternoon against Union Local, her Indian Creek friends weren't bad either.
The reigning Eastern District Division II player of the year scored a game-high 26 as the Redskins cruised to a 59-34 Buckeye 8 victory. The win moves Erin DeSantis' club to 2-1 after the first week of the season.
Berryman also hauled down 14 rebounds, swatted away eight Union Local shots and dished out a team high four assists. She had 14 points at the half, hitting all seven of her shots.
Junior Kiarra Kamarec contributed 11 points and eight boards while Brooke Mains, the junior point guard, also had eight rebounds and assisted on three Creek hoops.
The other two members of DeSantis' "iron five," junior Kristen Shimko and freshman Bethany Davis split 16 points. Davis was a perfect four for four from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Redskins really picked things up after the intermission, holding the Jets to just eight points (none in the fourth quarter).
Indian Creek 59, Union Local 34
Indian Creek 15 16 16 12 - 59
Union Local 13 13 8 0 - 34
UNION LOCAL (2-1): Nagy 0 0-0 0; Rucker 0 0-0 0; Montag 2 0-0 5; Medley 4 0-0 11; Butler 0 0-0 0; Collins 0 0-0 0; Stiles 1 0-0 2; Delaney 1 0-0 3; Twarog 0 0-0 0; Russell 0 0-0 0; Patton 0 2-2 2; Doty 4 1-4 11. TOTALS: 12 3-6 34. 3-pointers: Montag, Medley 3; Delaney, Doty 2; Rebounds: 20 (Patton 6); Turnovers: 9.
' Berryman 13 0-0 26; Davis 4 0-1 8; Kamarec 4 3-4 11; Mains 2 0-0 4; Shimko 4 0-0 8; Callahan 1 0-0 2; Durbin 0 0-0 0; Fante 0 0-0 0; Ruckman 0 0-0 0; Taylor 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28 3-5 59. 3-pointers: None; Rebounds: 39 (Berryman 14); Turnovers: 9.
"The most satisfying part today was they were all major contributors," DeSantis said. "That was a total effort by the whole team. We don't have to rely on our bigs. That's something that was lacking last year. As far as confidence goes, it's amazing what one year can do. We're still young but our confidence is growing."
Saturday's contest actually was a nip and tuck affair through the first two periods. A Kamarec hoop off a Berryman feed gave the Redskins a 15-13 lead after one.
Dallas Montag buried a triple midway through the second to put the Jets ahead 26-25. Creek closed with a 6-0 run (Shimko had a hoop and Davis two) to grab a 31-26 halftime advantage.
Creek shot the ball extremely well during the opening 16 minutes, canning 15 of 23 tries. Union Local, on the other hand, had nine first half field goals, five coming from behind the arc.
Two Kamarec buckets (the second following a nifty move off an offensive rebound) and a Berryman putback increased the Creek lead to 37-26 earlier in the third. Cori Medley scored for the Jets before the Redskins reeled off eight straight to put the game away. DeSantis' gang was leading 47-34 going into the final stanza.
Drew Greenwood's Jets did record two more triples in the third but were blanked in the fourth.
"I thought we played well defensively through the whole game," DeSantis noted. "We came out in the third and told the girls to commit all the way. We told them if they got beat, the inside help should be there. Our goal was to make them either put the ball on the floor and shoot the three over us. We definitely were more aggressive."
As Greenwood noted, the Jets "were knocking down shots in the first half."
"Things look a lot better when you are making shots," he continued. "In the second half, we settled for easy shots and those easy shots weren't falling. Plus, we weren't willing to work hard for better shots."
Medley and Kayla Doty paced the Jets, now 1-2, in scoring with 11 apiece.
The Redskins had an impressive shooting performance, knocking down 28 of 46 attempts.
"We use that gun almost every day at practice," DeSantis noted. "The kids are staying after practice to work on shooting. Our shooting definitely is better than it has been in the past. We also now have guards that can take it the hole or pull up and nail the jumper."
Creek is back in action Monday when Edison visits.
Greenwood said the loss can be linked to a "mixture of a lot of things."
"Our team character right now, I'm struggling to find it," he added. "I'm not too sure we know what we stand for or what we want. I'll certainly take the blame for that. Today, I didn't see the fight in them; I didn't see the extra energy or the extra effort to get the job done.
"We knew coming in that we would have our hands full with their height. But there were some other things that were bigger issues than their height."