On a night when her team needed a boost, Ally Lehman was up to the task. And then some.
The Indian Creek senior exploded for a career-high 40 points Thursday as the Braves’ girls basketball team cruised past host Edgewood 65-39.
Lehman was brutally efficient, hitting 16 of 23 shots from the floor and all six of her free throws. She grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, six on the offensive end, five of which she converted into baskets. And she went for an even 20 points in each half.
Coach Dan Burkman had a hard time coming up with a new way to praise Lehman’s game.
“It’s tough,” he said after a long pause. “She just does whatever it takes. She’s a competitor, and even if it’s a drill in practice, she hates to lose. Everybody likes to win, but Ally hates to lose, and I’d rather have a kid like that.”
Lehman, the Daily Journal’s 2011 Johnson County Player of the Year, did not know her final scoring line until she was told after the game.
“Really? That’s awesome,” she said. “I don’t really keep stats, and I’d rather not know about them. I just try to come out every game and every practice and do my job and make my teammates better.”
The Braves led just 12-10 at the end of the first quarter. But they opened the second quarter with a 16-2 run, forcing nine turnovers along the way, to blow the game open.
Lehman’s outburst came on a night when the rest of the Braves (12-4) struggled on the offensive end. They combined to hit just 9 of 40 shots (22.5 percent).
Burkman said he was not concerned about those numbers.
“We got some good looks from some other kids, but it didn’t seem like the ball wanted to cooperate,” Burkman said. “Over the last month we’ve had good contributions from other kids.
“Today was just one of those days when nobody shot it great.”
Indian Creek was efficient on the defensive end of the court, though. The Braves limited the Mustangs (7-6) to just 36 shot attempts on the night and forced 23 turnovers. They also out-rebounded Edgewood 33-20.
Brooke Mathena added 11 points for the Braves.
Indian Creek will host Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Waldron on Saturday.