St. Clairsville fends off Indian Creek

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville girls basketball team is running out of chances to accomplish a goal that its head coach Stacey Agnew has been longing for it to achieve.

“We’re still not playing four, good quarters, but we did play probably the closest thing to a complete game as we have all season (Monday),” Agnew said.

The Red Devils are getting there, however.

After shaking off a sluggish start, the Red Devils (10-11) turned up the heat on Indian Creek and posted a cherished 54-46 victory against the Redskins on John Jenkins Court Monday evening.

“This was a good effort,” Agnew said. “Everyone who played contributed and that’s what we’ve been looking for. Indian Creek’s a good team and their defense is tremendous. We wanted to be patient and just keep moving the ball until we could get to the bucket.”

A 12-10 Indian Creek lead after one quarter, grew to 22-16 in the early moments of the second quarter. From there, however, it was all Red Devils. St. Clairsville proceeded to go on a 16-0 run over the next five-plus minutes of the period.

Fueling the spurt was an impressive effort from freshman Macy Malin and sophomore Katie Strama, both of whom came off the pine.

“We got great minutes from our bench,” Agnew said. “The game is starting to finally slow down for some of those girls and they’re really coming on for us.”

They went for 12 and seven, respectively during the spurt. Many of those came from the foul line, which fully magnified the Redskins’ depth issues.

“We had to sit down (Ashley) Yaich and (Mackenzie) Orban (because of foul trouble) in that second quarter, they just went on a run on us,” Creek head coach Jacki Rossi said. “Right now, we have a couple of guards injured and it really hurts our depth. We should have them back by tournament time and that’s big because we’re on about a six-person rotation right now.

The Red Devils owned a 34-26 upperhand at the half. In the second half, the Creek got only as close as five and that came in the early moments of the fourth on a goal from freshman Kylie Kiger. The Devils answered with the next seven, which simply took the remaining wind out of the Creek sail.

The Red Devils, who have a make up game at John Marshall on Thursday, were led by a trio of double-figure scorers. Strama went for 15, while Malin’s production was backed by senior Ari Reager’s 10. Katie Bradshaw added eight.

Indian Creek, meanwhile, was paced by Ashley Yaich’s 10. Junior Kacie Vandeborne added eight in top support.

“Give St. Clairsville credit because they pressured us and really forced us out of our offense,” Rossi said. “We just couldn’t recover from that.”