SHABBONA – Samantha Mosley is one of only two seniors on the Indian Creek girls basketball team, but she refused to say youth or inexperience were reasons for Tuesday’s 68-47 loss to Morris.
The Timberwolves have high aspirations. If they want to fulfill them, they know Tuesday’s turnover-plagued effort simply won’t be good enough.
“We just didn’t push as hard as we should,” Mosley said. “We didn’t play to our ability. We can play harder than that. … I don’t think we can say we’re a young team, we have experience. I don’t think it’s anything they did, we just didn’t play as hard as we should have.”
The Timberwolves (4-5) led, 8-5, midway through the first quarter, but they simply couldn’t hang onto the basketball early.
Morris (4-3) went on an 8-0 run over the final four minutes of the quarter, when Indian Creek turned the ball over seven times, and led by five at the end of the quarter.
In the first half, the Timberwolves had more than three times as many turnovers (16) as field goals (five), and they couldn’t recover after going down, 27-15, at the half.
“We had the energy, then we missed some opportunities and it just snowballed,” Indian Creek coach Paul Muchmore said. “They got more aggressive and we just didn’t meet the challenge.”
Mosley led the Timberwolves with 10 points and sophomore Madison Russell added eight more, but it wasn’t enough, especially after All-Area center Josie Diehl left at halftime with a shoulder injury.
Still, Indian Creek was able to see how it matched up against a Class 3A team, which might be beneficial when it returns to playing Class 1A competition in the Little Ten Conference
“I think it helps because they’re a harder school, so we get better experience as we go back to conference,” Russell said. “I think we just need to execute better and make better passes and just make better decisions.”
Despite their youth, the Timberwolves brought back plenty of talent from last season’s team, so they know that their potential is far higher than what they showed Tuesday. Luckily, they can prove themselves in another benchmark game Thursday, when they play Hinckley-Big Rock.
“We pick bigger teams to try to get better and learn how to meet those challenges. I don’t think we did it really anyway tonight,” Muchmore said. “I told the girls, ‘Yeah, I was disappointed with that. But we have a chance to have a really good season.’ It’s a matter of them coming together and meeting those challenges.”