Indian Creek senior Ally Lehman told her teammates that she expected a solid start to Tuesday night’s Mid-Hoosier Conference girls basketball game at Morristown.
And then she made sure it happened.
Lehman scored 24 points in the first half to help lead the Class 3A Braves to a 64-31 blowout against the host Class A Yellow Jackets.
Lehman sat on the bench the entire fourth quarter and still finished with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward also grabbed a game-best nine rebounds and recorded five steals, five assists and four blocked shots.
Indian Creek freshman Candace Danz added 13 points, and senior guard Brooke Mathena finished with 10 points.
“I told the girls that I didn’t want to get angry in the first quarter,” Lehman said with a laugh. “Jessica Knight stepped up on defense, Brooke Mathena was getting on the ball, and Candace (Danz) was really moving.
“I just really liked the activity that our team had.”
Indian Creek (6-2) took control early with a 5-0 run to open the game. Morristown (1-2) didn’t crack the scoreboard until the 6:25 mark on a 3-point play by 5-11 sophomore forward Haley Hart.
But the Braves countered with a 7-4 run to push their lead to 12-7 and forced a Yellow Jackets timeout with 3:06 remaining in the first period.
After the timeout, Lehman drilled a 3-pointer to help spurn a 12-0 run that put the Braves up 24-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Coach Dan Burkman applauded Indian Creek’s quick start, but said he used Morristown’s timeout to refocus the Braves.
“I remember walking in here two years ago, and we were real sluggish. So I was focused on that,” he said. “We started nicely tonight, but then we had a down period before (Morristown) called that timeout. We came out of that timeout and put pressure back on the ball and got back to it.”
Lehman led the charge again in the second quarter with 14 of the Braves’ next 20 points. And Indian Creek took a 44-17 lead into the break.
Lehman and Mathena sat out the final quarter, and Indian Creek cruised to the win.
The Braves finished 24 of 50 shooting from the field, committed just six turnovers and forced 18 turnovers.
Senior Tera Sturgill led the Yellow Jackets with 10 points and five rebounds. Hart and sophomore Michaela Kikendall recorded a team-high six rebounds each and combined for 11 points.
Indian Creek has the next week off before playing host Dec. 4 to Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Hauser.
Burkman said the Braves welcome the rest after a busy start to this season’s schedule.
“One thing we’re going to do is take (today) off,” he said. “Then we’ll slowly come back and get ready for Hauser.
“We’ve had kind of a rough start with a lot of early games. So the break will be nice.”