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Braves coach tries to keep score closer in rout of Lancers

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Initially, Dan Burkman didn’t know what to say after the game.

The Indian Creek girls basketball coach had just watched the Braves dismantle visiting Edinburgh 98-28 in a Mid-Hoosier Conference game.

“Even in the third quarter, I never envisioned it getting to where it got,” Burkman said. “I guess it shows that some things are contagious because even in the fourth quarter, we had pretty much the JV team out there, and they were just hitting every shot it seemed that they put up, too.”

The Braves (10-4) attempted 34 more field-goal shots in part by grabbing 19 offensive rebounds and forcing 32 turnovers. By halftime, they led 53-18, and they held Edinburgh (2-9) to only 10 second-half points.

But Edinburgh coach Bob White wasn’t upset with Indian Creek.

“No, no. The only thing I’d be upset is if he didn’t stay pressing us,” White said. “We’ve got to learn to play basketball. I do

appreciate his sportsmanship, but we’ve got to learn to play basketball.”

White said Edinburgh purposely picked a tough schedule this season to help the team.

“I’m hoping a few learned a couple of things,” he said. “I’ve got to be positive. Hopefully, that’s what will happen. We’ve got a lot more to work on than I thought and a long ways to go.”

The Lancers actually grabbed an early 3-0 lead on freshman Kaylie Littiken’s three-point play and trailed just 9-6 after a few minutes as they tried to settle into a half-court game.

But White said Edinburgh played Indian Creek’s game the whole game.

“We never settled down,” he said. “We never did. We played their game the whole way. And we can’t play their game. We’re not that kind of team. It’s that simple.”

The Braves turned up their 1-3-1 zone, scoring 33 points off 24 Edinburgh turnovers and taking a 53-18 lead into halftime.

“In the second quarter, we were still in our 1-3-1, and I looked up for the first time and realized what the score was,” Burkman said. “And I thought, ‘Wow, I better get out of that.’ And this was in the second quarter. So we got out of that, and then at halftime we said we’re playing 2-3 zone the rest of the way.”

Burkman also told the Braves to stop going on fast breaks. He started the fourth quarter with four substitutes.

“I feel like we tried to do everything we could to not let the game get out of control,” Burkman said. “But we can only do so much, I think.”

Edinburgh stalled its offense for the final minute to prevent Indian Creek from getting 100 points.

“And I was happy,” Burkman said. “I thought in my mind the worst thing we could do right now is score 100 points.”

Senior Ally Lehman led the Braves with a game-high 25 points, 17 rebounds and four steals. Classmate Brooke Mathena added 19 points, sophomore Alexis McGregor scored 14, and freshman Candace Danz had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Burkman was able to play six subs who combined for 20 points. All 11 players scored.

Edinburgh senior Jennifer Stinson had nine points and seven rebounds. Littiken added nine points.

Indian Creek plays at conference opponent North Decatur at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, while Edinburgh hosts conference foe Eastern Hancock at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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