BELLAIRE - Injuries aren't always felt by teams immediately.
Indian Creek was dealt a significant blow Thursday evening when senior point guard Brooke Mains left in the middle of the second quarter and didn't return because of an apparent knee injury.
The Lady Redskins had built enough of a cushion and watched as the homestanding Lady Reds struggled mightily from the floor, despite creating some easy opportunities for themselves with a pressure defense.
Put it all together and it resulted in a hard-earned 49-32 victory for the now 3-1 Lady Redskins. Bellaire falls to 3-2.
"It was rough, but we'll take the win," said Indian Creek head coach Erin DeSantis. "I told our younger kids that you can't predict what's going to happen in a game, so you have to be ready to step in and step up. I thought they responded pretty well."
When Mains was on the floor - serving as a calming factor and bringing the ball up the floor - the Lady Redskins were having a field day as they continually dumped the ball into 6-5 all-Ohioan Bre Berryman on the block. She was scoring at will, including 13 in the first quarter.
However, as soon as Mains went to the floor in pain, Bellaire head coach Marci Quirk immediately yelled for her team to turn up the heat defensively.
"Our gameplan was to press and it was working," Quirk said.
The Lady Reds went into the intermission staring up at a 28-18 deficit, but had some momentum. The momentum continued. They forced turnovers on Indian Creek's first four possessions of the second half, but failed to convert on any of those chances.
"I think we were so used to having (Berryman) in there that we were still worrying about not getting blocked," Quirk said.
"Those missed opportunities killed us in the second half because we kind of got down after that."
Bellaire never got any closer than 10 in the second half. Kierstyn Kidder meshed a deep two, but the Lady Redskins solved the press enough to be able to get the ball into their twin towers of Berryman and 6-3 running mate Kiarra Kamarec. The duo scored 13 of Creek's 14 in the third quarter.
"Any time you lose your point guard, it's not good," DeSantis said. "We're hoping we haven't lost (Mains) for a long period of time. She makes the team go. I think our kids overcompensated for her being out by doing way too much. We still run the same offense and make the same passes. Maybe this was a good test for us to see how we have to make some adjustments now."
Berryman put forth a normal game for her. She scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked nine shots and altered countless others.
Kamarec finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Bellaire, meanwhile, was paced by Kidder, who went for 14.
Indian Creek 49, Bellaire 32
Indian Creek 15 13 14 7 - 49
Bellaire 8 10 5 9 - 32
INDIAN CREEK: Berryman 12, 2-2 26; Kamarec 5, 2-3 12; Mains 1, 0-0 2; Davis 1, 1-4 4; Shimko 0, 1-2 1; Callahan 0, 0-0 0; Taylor 1, 0-0 2; Celestin 0, 1-2 1; Smith 0, 0-0 0; Muzzaferro 1, 0-0 2; Totals: 21, 7-13 49.
BELLAIRE: Kidder 5, 1-3 14; Crozier 2, 1-3 5; Crook 1, 0-0 3; Ryan 0, 4-4 4; Gillespie 1, 0-2 2; Garloch 0, 0-0 0; Smith 1, 2-2 4; Maupin 0, 0-0 0; Lekandous 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 10, 8-14 32. 3-pointers: Kidder 3, Crook.