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Silver Creek outlasts Floyd, 53-47

February 09, 2011
The Silver Creek Lady Dragons had the hot hands Thursday night while visiting Floyd Central had a case of the chills. The Lady Highlanders made a run late but were still short when the final buzzer sounded, falling 53-47.

"There's not much to say," Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker said. "We got whipped pretty much all over the floor. We were fortunate we were able to make a run late, but we didn't follow assignments and do the job we needed to do."

Floyd Central’s Kelsey Smith, left, dives to swat the ball from the hands of Silver Creek’s Emily Clayton in the first half of the Lady Dragons’ 53-47 win. Photo by Wade Bell
Silver Creek, who was celebrating senior night, set the nets on fire in the first period, drilling four three-balls to take a 12-3 lead, with Emily Clayton swishing three. Clayton finished with 15 points in the period as the Lady Dragons took an 18-7 lead.

Floyd Central made up some ground in the second period to close within seven, 20-13, as Morgan Rookstool and Brooke Hinton combined for a 6-0 burst. Alexis McFarland, however, countered with a three-pointer for the Lady Dragons, and Silver Creek kept its advantage in double-digits the rest of the half to go to the break with a 25-15 advantage.

"We didn't find shooters," Voelker said. "We let them stand there. We just faked too many breaks. We tried to take breaks on the defensive end, and, doing that, we just kept missing people, and by missing people, we'd leave somebody open every time, and it's one person. The breakdowns, unfortunately, that this team has happened the majority of the year."

A 12-6 run through the first half of the third quarter pushed Silver Creek's lead to 37-21. Two free throws by Molly Voyles later advanced the Lady Dragons' lead to 41-24. Floyd Central gained a slight bit of ground as Emily Foster and Niki Bruno scored to pull the Lady Highlanders to within 43-28 with one quarter left.

"We didn't answer assignments, and we were not very fundamentally sound defensively," Voelker said. "It's just frustrating to play like that, not find shooters and get beat on the cuts we got beat on."

Floyd Central pulled within 10, 44-34, when Foster and Rookstool scored inside. Clayton countered with two backdoor drives for baskets, but Rookstool buried a three and later added a deuce. Kelsey Mayfield kept Floyd Central's run going with two points to pull the Lady Highlanders within seven, 48-41.

As was the case two nights earlier at Crawford County, the free-throw line was good to the Lady Dragons as Voyles and Mandi Martin cashed in with four.

Floyd Central made one final run as Kelsey Smith got a single and Taylor Pate drilled a three. Then, with 12.9 seconds left, Katie Kaiser got two singles to pull Floyd Central within five, 52-47. Clayton, however, connected on a free throw for the game's final point as Silver Creek held on for the 53-47 win.

"I thought we made a nice run in the second half, but, by then, it's too little, too late when you're down 15, 16 points at that point," Voelker said. "When you get down 9-0, we pretty much played 9-0 the rest of the night. With this group, that's how we practiced yesterday and how we did things."

Rookstool led Floyd Central (8-12, Hoosier Hills Conference) with 22 points. The Lady Highlanders hit 16 of 48 field goals (33 percent) and 13 of 19 free throws. The Lady Highlanders finished with 12 turnovers.

"We made a couple of adjustments that were decent at halftime," Voelker said. "We just couldn't make plays down on the other end, the defensive end."

Clayton led Silver Creek (14-6) with 24 points. The Lady Dragons shot 52 percent from the field as they connected on 17 of 33 field-goals attempts. Silver Creek was 14 of 21 from the free-throw line and had 11 turnovers.

"We knew it would be a very difficult game for us, but we didn't make any plays for us to make it a better game," Voelker said. "That's the way it pans out. … It's kind of a rough ending, but we knew it would be. There's not much to say. We've got to play better than that."

Floyd Central (8-13, 0-7 Hoosier Hills Conference), which fell to Columbus East, 63-61, Saturday, opened Class 3A Sectional 15 play at Bedford North Lawrence against Jeffersonville (21-2) last night (Tuesday).

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