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Lehman powers Braves in season-opener

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Powered by senior Ally Lehman, the Indian Creek girls basketball team had no trouble in its season-opener.

Lehman scored a game-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Class 3A Braves to a 63-17 win Tuesday night against visiting Class 2A Covenant Christian.

Lehman, the Daily Journal’s 2011-12 Johnson County Player of the Year, made 9 of 18 shots from the field and was 8 of 8 at the free-throw line.

With Indian Creek leading 52-9 lead at the end of three quarters, Lehman — who will continue her career at Northern Illinois — was a spectator for the fourth quarter.

“I thought we saw a lot of good things out there, and it showed a lot of things we need to work on,” Braves coach Dan Burkman said. “Our focus is where we can run, run, run, but when we don’t get that, we want to make the defense work. I was pretty pleased overall.

“I can see how it would have been tempting to force some shots and not really work the ball like we did. I thought we got some really good shots, but they were patient.”

Indian Creek also got a stellar performance from freshman Candace Danz, who scored 21 points. She made 6 of her 7 free-throw attempts.

Defensively, the Braves’ defense limited the Warriors to only five field goals on the night. Two of those came in the fourth quarter.

Covenant Christian made only 5 of 31 field-goal attempts but was 6 of 10 at the foul line. The Warriors committed 33 turnovers.

Indian Creek raced to a 15-4 advantage at the end of the first period and led 36-6 at halftime.

The Braves (1-0) travel to Knightstown on Friday.

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