SHABBONA – Indian Creek hopes to get out and run in transition this year.
If the Timberwolves are to move the ball up the floor, beat opponents with a quick offense and score easy baskets, sophomore point guard Madison Russell will be a big part of it.
In Monday evening’s contest against LaMoille, Russell did plenty of damage in the Indian Creek fast-break attack, scoring 17 points and dishing out five assists in a 64-44 Timberwolves win.
“I thought Madison did a nice job, that was nice to see. I thought she had a really nice game,” Indian Creek coach Paul Muchmore said. “I was happy to see her play well.”
Muchmore wants to see his team move the ball up the floor, and the Timberwolves (5-5, 3-1 Little Ten Conference) coach feels his team has the talent and depth to do it. Muchmore said Indian Creek should be eight to nine players deep this year and wants to see some of his bigger players take the ball up the floor. He feels forwards such as sophomores Alexis Van Wyhe and Josie Diehl give his team the talent to do that.
Indian Creek’s barrage of points in Monday’s LTC win included a number of stress-free baskets. The Timberwolves moved the ball easily and got off to a quick start, leading 22-6 after the first quarter. Indian Creek took a 33-14 lead into halftime.
“I think when we got the rebound we got the ball out quick and could get it down the court and score some fast-break, easy baskets,” Russell said. “So that was good.”
Getting out and running is nothing new to Indian Creek. Last season, the Timberwolves’ point-guard duties fell to Kate Thuestad and Russell’s older sister, Ariel.,both of whom graduated in June. Now, the show is all Russell’s.
Muchmore said Russell has been showing more confidence this season. She has also been getting used to more of a leadership role than she was in as a freshman.
“It’s kind of hard, because you don’t want to have to tell people what to do who are older than you,” Russell said. “But it’s been fun, and I’ve done OK at it.”
Emma Goodrich and Jacklyn Bouma each added nine points for the Timberwolves. Van Wyhe finished with eight as the Timberwolves moved to .500.
Indian Creek now has some time off before the Amboy Tournament, which begins on Monday.