TRAFALGAR — The quality of the first half wasn’t what Indian Creek girls basketball coach Dan Burkman had in mind.
Not with sectional play just a couple weeks away.
After an unimpressive first half, the Braves played much better in the second. They scored 37 points on 17-of-24 shooting in the final two quarters for a 68-35 victory Thursday night against visiting South Decatur.
“I felt really good where we were right now, and I still do, as a team,” Burkman said. “You don’t want to have a game like that right now. I guess now is better than two weeks from now.”
Helped in large part by senior Ally Lehman’s all-around game (32 points, 16 rebounds, eight steals, four assists and three blocked shots), Indian Creek (15-4) won its seventh straight game and claimed sole possession of the Mid-Hoosier Conference title.
The Braves finished 8-0 in league play. But even with Lehman’s performance, the Braves still clung to just a 15-10 lead after a sluggish first quarter. And despite holding South Decatur to just one point in the second quarter, Burkman still wasn’t pleased.
“I just wasn’t very happy with our defense in the first half,” Burkman said. “(Or) really the whole game, in anything we ran.”
In particular, he didn’t like how the Braves played their zone and man-to-man defenses.
But their struggles weren’t just on the defensive end.
By halftime, the Braves had a 31-11 lead but had only made 12 of 35 shots from the field. Burkman spent part of halftime offering suggestions on how to improve the offense.
“It was both ends of the floor in the first half,” he said of the Braves’ early struggles. “We were just very slow motion, not much effort. We were just trying to coast through things.
“There was just very little effort in the first half, I thought.”
The Cougars (5-13) played with just six varsity players, led by sophomore Megan Niese’s 14 points.
Freshman Candace Danz scored 11 points for the Braves, and sophomore Alexis McGregor added 10.
In the first half, Lehman scored 12 points off seven offensive rebounds. She had 22 points, 13 rebounds and five steals in the first two quarters.
Indian Creek hosts Greenwood on Tuesday and concludes regular-season play next Thursday against visiting Brown County.
Seymour improves to 9-11
SEYMOUR — The Seymour Owls basketball team has put forth some of its best performances of the season over the past few weeks, coach Jason Longmeier said.
That included Thursday’s 50-36 Hoosier Hills Conference win over New Albany on Senior Night.
“It was a great team effort tonight out of everybody,” Longmeier said.
Seniors Logan Personett, Abby Thompson, Brianna Gillaspy, Taylor Gossett and Sidney Carr started for the Owls.
“I told them they’ve hung with us through the change, through the difficult time midway through the season when it seemed like we couldn’t buy a win.” Longmeier said. “At that point in time, this group could have easily packed it in, but they didn’t. They stayed strong, they stayed solid and believed in each other, believed in us, and that’s why we’re where we’re at now.”
Gillaspy topped the Owls with 13 points, Carr scored 10 and had seven rebounds, and Personett was 6 for 6 in free throws.
The Owls held a 23-19 advantage in rebounds, and Gossett said, “We were just trying to block them out and get it so we could go score. It was our best game on Senior Night, so that’s awesome.”
Gossett said she liked how the seniors got to start the game together.
“It felt so good,” she said. “It felt like we were in third grade again.”
The Owls have won four straight to bring their record to 9-11. On Thursday, they close the regular season with an HHC game at Bedford North Lawrence.
Edinburgh falls to 4-14
SEYMOUR — After a quick start, the Edinburgh Lancers fell 60-47 Thursday night against host Trinity Lutheran.
Edinburgh’s Jennifer Stinson led all scorers with 27 points, including 12 of 15 from the free-throw line, while Autumne Burton added 10 points and 20 rebounds for the Lancers.
Edinburgh is 4-14.
Brown County gets road win
MONROVIA — Despite being down a starter due to illness, Brown County pulled out a tough 43-39 victory on Thursday against host Monrovia.
Sasha Robinson led the Eagles with 16 points, followed by Whitney Williamson and Tanner Chapman each with 11.