SELLERSBURG, Ind. — Silver Creek High School girls basketball coach Scott Schoen is trying to get his team to buy-in on a defense-first mentality.
It’s starting to work.
The host Dragons held Henryville to just three fields and forced 21 turnovers in a 38-21 win Tuesday night. Silver Creek (4-9) held Henryville (7-6) without a field goal for more than 12 minutes.
“Yesterday, we had a little heart to heart and decided we were going to focus on our focus,” Schoen said. “Our defense has to be there for us.”
Schoen said he told this squad about his 2011 team. “They could guard anybody,” he said. “I told them this is where you come from. We’ve gotten away from that. After the game, I told them they remind me so much of that team because of their grit,” he said. “They were hard to score on. Tonight, I thought our defense was very, very good.”
When Henryville finally hit a field with 3:38 left in the second quarter, the Hornets trailed 14-6.
Silver Creek then started to pull away, keyed by a 3-pointer from junior Lauren Hall with just two seconds left in the first half, giving the Dragons a 21-8 edge at the half.
Haley Baxter, who provided the offensive punch Silver Creek needed, led the Dragons with 15 points. Lauren Polston added seven points.
“You play 32 minutes of basketball and only give up three field goals — that’s amazing,” Schoen said. “They kids came out and really bought into playing really sound man-to-man defense. We’ve been trying to play zone and all this stuff. That’s just not us.
SILVER CREEK 38, HENRYVILLE 21
Hensley 1, Ottersbach 4, Nipper 2, Nunn 6, Norn 2, Easton 6.
SILVER CREEK (4-9)
Baxter 15, May 3, Polston 7, Hall 5, Holland 2, Steele 2, Whitlock 4.