FLOYDS KNOBS — Silver Creek clawed and fought its way to a 38-32 win over host Floyd Central on Wednesday night at Joe Hinton Court.
The Dragons, who trailed for most of the first half, won their third straight game and posted their first victory at Floyd since 2006.
“We haven’t been to Floyd in a while and I told the girls that it would be a physical game,” said Dragons head coach Scott Schoen, whose team hadn’t faced the Highlanders since 2014. “It’s just the way it is. I told them we weren’t going to score 60 tonight. But good teams figure out ways to win when the score’s in the 30s and I think we’re getting there.”
Creek’s super sophomore Jaclyn Emly pumped in a game-high 24 points. She nailed three 3-pointers and was the only player on either side to score in every quarter.
“Jaclyn was good tonight and she’s been good all season,” Schoen said. “She’s been steady for us. She growing as a basketball player.”
The Highlanders (2-6), who dropped their third straight, were held under 40 points for the fourth time this season.
“If you don’t make layups and free throws, you’re not going to win many games,” said first-year Floyd head coach Randy Gianfagna, whose team shot just 33 percent from the field and was only 2 of 10 from the foul line. “If you only give up 38 points you’ve got to win a game. Our defense is improving, but we just have to get the ball to go in the hole more.”
The home team got off to a hot start and led 15-11 at the first stop. Junior Lindsey Dorsch, who led the Highlanders with 12 points, scored eight in the first frame thanks in part to a pair of 3s.
“Lindsey got us off to a good start and I thought the girls played hard, but we just have to find a way to score more in the end,” Gianfagna said.
The second quarter was all Emly. The 5-foot-10 guard scored all nine of her team’s second-period points and the Dragons’ defense stiffened. Floyd hit just 1 of 8 shots in the second as Silver Creek surged to a 20-18 lead at intermission.
“They were doing a really good job of moving us around,” Schoen said. “They do a good job running their sets and back-cutting and [they] were taking advantage of us pressuring the ball. So after the first quarter we just softened up our defense to where we just wanted to keep them in front of us.”
The third frame was much of the same as Emly tallied five of her team’s seven points and the Highlanders were 1-for-7 from the floor. Creek claimed a 27-21 lead heading to the final stanza.
“We said at halftime that [Emly] can’t get another 14 in the second half,” Gianfagna said. “She’s got a good motor and moves all the time. We were chasing her and then didn’t help where we should have. She’s a good player and controlled the game tonight.”
The Dragons (7-3), who are off to their best start since the 2012-13 season, pushed their lead to 30-21 on an Emme Rooney 3-pointer early in the fourth period. Floyd closed to within 33-30 with 1:35 left, but could get no closer.
“I’d love to say that I changed all this stuff at halftime, but I didn’t,” Schoen said. “We just talked about getting stops and [trying] to really hit the boards. We hit free throws when it mattered and got a win in a tough place to play. We’ll take it.”
Both teams return to the hardwood Saturday. Floyd will host North Harrison while Creek visits Scottsburg in a Mid-Southern Conference matchup. Both games are scheduled to tipoff at 1:30 p.m.
SILVER CREEK 38, FLOYD CENTRAL 32
Silver Creek 11 9 7 11—38
Floyd Central 15 3 3 11—32
Silver Creek (7-3): Jaclyn Emly 24, Jordan Balz 4, Katie Emly 2, Savannah Kirchgessner 2, Emme Rooney 4, Alyssa Wright 2.
Floyd Central (2-6): Kalissa Fosskuhl 8, Lindsey Dorsch 12, Keegan Kaiser 4, Grace Suer 2, Grace Hale 3, Kara Jermont 1, Bella Barney 2.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 4-18 (J. Emly 3, Rooney); Floyd Central 4-16 (Fosskuhl 2, Dorsch 2).
Rebounds: Silver Creek 24, Floyd Central 26.
Turnovers: Silver Creek 11, Floyd Central 11.
Field-goal shooting: Silver Creek 12 of 30 (40%), Floyd Central 13 of 39 (33%)
Free-throw shooting: Silver Creek 10 of 12 (83%), Floyd Central 2 of 10 (20%).
Junior varsity: Silver Creek 19-16.
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