EARLVILLE – When Indian Creek’s Alexis Van Wyhe hit a 3-pointer on the Timberwolves’ first possession, Indian Creek’s large contingent of fans let out a roar.
When the Timberwolves’ Josie Diehl grabbed a defensive rebound after LaMoille’s first possession of the Class 1A Earlville Regional final, the Indian Creek fan section, which consisted of about 40 students, let out another big cheer.
The fans who made the trip to Earlville had a lot to cheer for all night, as the Timberwolves defeated the Lions, 51-31, earning the first regional title for Indian Creek (15-13) since 1998.
“That was honestly one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my high school career. Having a crowd that big come out to support us in a game this big meant so much to me personally,” Indian Creek senior forward Samantha Mosley said. “I know it meant so much to the team, as well. We couldn’t have asked for a better crowd today.”
Most of the current players were on last year’s team that suffered a heartbreaking, one-point overtime loss to Hinckley-Big Rock in a regional championship.
“It means a lot,” Van Wyhe said. “It’s just nice to have this regional win. Being a sophomore, just to get it for our seniors and and our coaches and everybody, it’s just awesome.”
Indian Creek took an early 9-0 lead on the Lions (10-15) and led 22-11 at the half. The Timberwolves pulled away with 16 points in the third quarter and held a 38-20 advantage heading into the fourth. LaMoille never really was able to fight its way back.
Timberwolves coach Muchmore said the first possession set the tone.
“They had a lot of pressure on them. They were very nervous. At school you could see it,” Paul Muchmore said. “But I thought when Alexis hit that 3 at the beginning, I think that kind of just got everybody to relax and inspired us to play. And I thought we played a pretty good game.”
Van Wyhe, Diehl and Jacklyn Bouma each had 12 points to lead Indian Creek, which will play Putnam County at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Putnam County Sectional semifinals.
Two seasons ago, Indian Creek seniors Mosley and Kristen Herrmann were part of a Timberwolves team that won only six games. They will end their careers with a coveted regional title, but the run isn’t over yet.
“We’ve come a long way. I don’t know, it means everything. Coming from a team like that to this, last year we thought we were going to be here, and it didn’t turn out that way,” Mosley said. “And we didn’t want that letdown again today, so we knew we had to come out and play today, and that’s what we did. Played our game.”