By JON REITER
Silver Creek girls’ basketball coach Scott Schoen said his squad had difficulty working the ball inside to star forward Alex Tinsley in Friday night’s loss to Jeffersonville.
“We just couldn’t get it there last night,” Schoen said following Silver Creek’s 50-25 home win against Henryville on Saturday. “[Henryville coach] Josh [Conrad] does a great job getting his kids ready, but we thought the middle would be open, and with Alex and Kelsi [Scott], that’s a pretty good tandem for us when we can get it going.”
Tinsley scored eight points in the first half and eight more in the second to lead all scorers with 16 points in the Silver Creek (2-1) victory. Scott, a 6-foot center, added five points and six rebounds and senior guard Emily Clayton notched 11 points.
The Dragons controlled the matchup throughout, but found a little bit of danger early in the third quarter, after a three-pointer from Henryville guard Chelsea LaMotte brought the Hornets to within seven at 28-21 with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter.
Immediately following LaMotte’s 3, Schoen called a timeout. Over the remainder of the quarter, Silver Creek put Henryville away, scoring 11 unanswered points to take a 39-21 lead after three.
Schoen said during that timeout he stressed the importance of defensive intensity to his squad. LaMotte’s three-pointer capped a 7-0 run by Henryville that saw jumpers from guards Emily Hollis and Bethanie Harbold find paydirt.
“We’re about defense. We’re about not gambling,” Schoen said. “We were really gambling right there, and we talked about in that timeout getting three holds in a row. We were able to do that, and we pulled our press off — that let us stay in front of them a little bit easier.”
Nine Dragon players scored, and Schoen rotated in 11 players in the first quarter alone.
“It’s going to help us going forward to get these girls experience,” he said. “We had some good play from our bench tonight, Alexis Barnett (seven points) really gave us a lift.”
Henryville had no double-figure scorers, although senior guard Jasmine Harrell notched six points and seven rebounds. LaMotte added six points for the Mustangs (3-3), who next face Charlestown at home on Friday.
The Dragons take on North Harrison at home on Wednesday night.
SILVER CREEK 50, HENRYVILLE 25
Henryville 6 7 8 4—25
Silver Creek 10 14 15 11—50
Henryville (3-3): Jasmine Harrell 6, Emily Hollis 5, Chelsea LaMotte 6, Tami Burgin 4, Lesha Dallas 0, Bethanie Harbold 2, Abbi Robertson 1, Haley Huddelston 1, Emma Hendricks 0.
Silver Creek (2-1): Kira Jamros 0, Emily Clayton 11, Lexi McFarland 2, Alex Tinsley 16, Kelsi Scott 5, Tori Martin 2, Casey Toby 0, Brook Barnett 3, Alexis Barnett 7, Kristi Molck 2, Hannah Mattingly 2.
Rebounds: Henryvile 24 (Harrell 7); Silver Creek 24 (Tinsley, Scott 6).
3-point goals: Henryville 2 (Lamotte 2); Silver Creek 3 (Clayton, Brook Barnett, Alexis Barnett).
Turnovers: Henryville 22, Silver Creek 16
Free throws: Henryville 7-12, Silver Creek 9-17.