SHABBONA – On Indian Creek’s first possession of Friday’s game against Hiawatha, Noah Holm used his dribble to pull two defenders to him, then calmly hit an open Jaron Todd in the corner who quickly fired a 3-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net.
This theme continued through much of the Timberwolves’ 65-38 Little Ten Conference victory.
Todd netted a game-high 25 points, and went 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Holm and fellow guard Kyle Lieving handed out six and five assists respectively to help Indian Creek to its seventh consecutive triumph. Big man Garrison Govig owned the paint for Indian Creek by scoring 14 points and grabbing six boards, while Garrett Post chipped in 10 assists. The Hawks were lead by Ed Canchola’s nine-point, six-rebound effort, while Alex Flores added eight points.
“I thought we were very unselfish tonight and did a very good job of getting teammates open – that’s something we have been working on,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said. “Against zone defenses we are going to need to move the ball to get open shots. We had 21 assists on 24 baskets, you can’t ask for any more than that.”
Indian Creek (9-1, 3-0 Little Ten Conference) used a 10-0 run midway through the opening quarter to push out to a 16-6 advantage. The T’Wolves then turned up the defensive pressure to begin the second frame as their full-court press caused 11 Hawks miscues, many leading to run-outs and easy lay-ups. The hosts took a comfortable 34-12 lead into the intermission and a 56-18 advantage heading to the fourth.
“We did a great job defensively only giving up six points in each of the first three quarters,” Piekarz said. “We did a really nice job of cutting them off in the lane and making them settle for jump shots. Kyle Lieving played outstanding on the defensive end tonight, he did a great job of limiting the dribble-drive.”
Hiawatha (3-6, 1-1 LTC) outscored the home team 20-9 in the final frame, which included seven points from sophomore Tyler Hamrick, but coach Danny Klein had a hard time finding many positives about his team’s performance.
“We played extremely poorly, didn’t execute and played terrible defense,” Klein said. “We played in a close game [Thursday night], and I was hoping we could carry the momentum into here even knowing it would be a tougher game. We needed to have a high level of intensity from the get-go and it just didn’t happen.”
Piekarz is happy with where his club is in the LTC, but next up for Indian Creek is the 50th Annual Plano Christmas Classic, where the T'wolves are seeded eighth and will meet the winner of Morris and Forreston at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26th.
“This was an extremely important conference game that gets us to 3-0 in the LTC, which is where we wanted to be at this point of the season.” Piekarz said. “Now we are looking forward to playing in a great Plano Christmas tournament against some really good competition.”