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Maroon Knights knock off ’Skins

December 15, 2012
By JIM ELLIOTT - Special to the Herald-Star

GLEN DALE - Wheeling Central coach Penn Kurtz likes to tell his team how important it is to adjust on the fly.

The Maroon Knights spent Thursday night's practice trying to figure out how they were going to handle Indian Creek's 6-foot-5 sophomore Bre Berryman.

When they got to the gym for the opener of the John Marshall Holiday Tournament on Friday, they saw Berryman on the Redskins bench with a walking boot on her ankle, holding a pair of torn ligaments in place.

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Jim Elliott
UPCOURT — Indian Creek’s Bethany Davis dribbles upcourt while Wheeling Central’s Clare Calisse watches during Friday’s 82-28 win by the Maroon Knights.

First, the Knights breathed a sigh of relief, then they adjusted so well, they went out and beat Indian Creek by a little more than half-a-hundred, 82-28, to advance to the finals where they'll play John Marshall tonight. The Monarchs beat Tucker County, 61-48, in the evening's late game.

''It's tough when your leading scorer and your leading rebounder is sitting on the bench,'' Kurtz said. ''She makes a huge difference for that team and creates a whole different set of problems for you defensively.''

The Knights blitzed out to a 22-5 lead after the first quarter and it was 38-13 at halftime.

Fact Box

John Marshall Holiday Classic

(at John Marshall High School)

Wheeling Central 82, Indian Creek 28

Wheeling Central 22 16 24 20 - 82

Indian Creek 5 8 7 8 - 28

WHEELING CENTRAL: Olson 1 1-1 3; McCormick 10 2-2 22; Basinger 3 1-2 7; Bucon 5 2-2 13; Stayduhar 1 0-2 2; Stahl 1 0-0 2; Baha 1 0-0 2; Baker 2 0-0 4; Calisse 3 0-0 6; Bennington 2 0-0 4; Michaels 5 1-2 11; Cross 2 0-0 6. Totals: 36 7-11 82. 3-pointers: Cross 2, Bucon.

INDIAN CREEK: Davis 3 2-2 8; Kamarec 1 2-2 4; Mains 3 2-5 8; Durbin 1 1-2 3; Shimko 1 1-2 3; Fante 0 2-2 2; Callahan 0 0-0 0; Ruckerman 0 0-0 0; Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 10-15 28.

John Marshall 61, Tucker County 48

Tucker County 19 9 10 10 - 48

John Marshall 23 13 10 16 - 61

TUCKER COUNTY: Simmons 2 1-4 5; Radford 1 0-2 3; Ambrose 6 0-1 12; Evans 4 3-5 12; Betler 7 2-3 16; Kachmerek 0 0-0 0; Bowley 0 0-0 0; Syader 0 0-0 0; Miller 0 0-0 0; Mullenax 0 0-0 0; Banner 0 0-0 0. Total: 20 6-15 48. 3-pointers: Radford, Evans.

JOHN MARSHALL: Derrow 7 1-2 15; Filben 2 1-2 5; Lewicki 4 4-5 12; Watson 1 0-0 2; Howard 5 2-3 13; George 0 4-4 4; Winters 3 4-10 10; Kaylor 0 0-0 0; Namath 0 0-0 0; Gellner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 16-25 61. 3-pointers: Howard.

''We got up early and just rolled from then on,'' Kurtz understated.

It wasn't until the second half that the lights really came on.

Central started the third quarter with a 15-0 run that spanned 197 seconds and left their coach smiling.

''I thought that first three minutes of the second half, we played as well as a team as we could,'' Kurtz said. ''I was very pleased with that.''

When that run ended, so did the night for the Wheeling Central starters, who took a seat and watched their backups outscore Indian Creek's subs, 35-5.

Playing roughly half the game, Colleen McCormick led the Knights with 22 points, followed by 13 from Emily Bucon.

Mackenzie Micheals reached double-figures with 11 off the bench, while Ashton Cross buried a pair of 3-pointers.

''We got great production from everybody on the team,'' Kurtz said. ''It seemed anybody I put in was able to do something good for us, so that's a real positive''

Bethany Davis and Brooke Mains each had eight for the Redskins (5-2), though Mains, much like the rest of her mates, had a tough day at the office.

''We couldn't make a shot,'' Indian Creek coach Erin DeSantis said.''We had shots, they just didn't go. Brooke's one of our leading scorers - she couldn't buy a basket. She took good shots, they just didn't go.''

DeSantis is hopeful that Berryman is back by the first of the year, but the Redskins will try their best to weather the storm in the meantime, beginning tonight, when they play Tucker County in the consolation game in the tournament.

In that one, she hopes they toughen up a little mentally.

''Yes, (Wheeling Central) is very good,'' she said. ''Did we do what we should have done? No. We took the easy way out, rather than the hard way and worked.''

 
 

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