Ah, the holidays. Fun, family, friends, not much going on other than a continuous mood of celebration.

Which also means somewhat of a layoff in athletic competition. Some teams use the time off as a chance to get rested and recharged for the second half of the season. For others, well, sometimes thing don’t exactly work out as planned.

Silver Creek traveled to New Washington on Tuesday in what turned out to be exact opposites of what can happen to hot teams after a holiday layoff. The visiting Dragons prevailed 64-30.

Silver Creek (8-3) had won six straight games but hadn’t played since defeating Clarksville in the championship game of the Holiday Tournament at Charlestown on Dec. 23. New Washington (8-6) had won four of its last five but had remained idle since a victory over Christian Academy on Dec. 19.

Tuesday night’s game was over early. The Dragons, who didn’t practice for a one-week span early in the holiday break, led 22-0 after one quarter and 37-5 at halftime.

“We had taken seven days off. I didn’t know how we’d react to that,” Silver Creek coach Dave Chanley said. “But we also had some three-hour practices (since then). That’s the first time I’ve ever done that.

“In four of our last five games we’ve really gotten off to a great start,” Chanley said. “Part of that is playing hard, but part of that is also with our quickness. That’s hard to simulate in practice. We’re pretty quick all over the floor.”

New Washington was 0-of-2 from the floor, 0-of-6 from the free-throw line and committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter. The Mustangs trailed 26-0 before getting a basket by Callie Burgin with 6:54 before halftime.

“When you fall behind like that, you just want to redeem yourself from total embarrassment,” said New Washington coach Michelle Ricks. “I thought our intensity in the second half was better, but some days you just fall apart. We have to learn to play four quarters.”

Caasi Robertson’s second 3-pointer of the game, shortly before the end of the third period, gave the Dragons their largest lead of the night, 55-14.

“In a game like this, you just want to keep playing hard,” Chanley said. “But we did call off the press once it got out of hand. And in the second half we didn’t want to get sloppy. We wanted to continue to run our offenses. And I did get some playing time for some reserves that needed it.”

Silver Creek had a balanced attack led by Stephanie Steele, Kelsey Page and Kaci Holland, each with 11 points. Robertson finished with 10, all in the third period. Donna Ferree came off the bench to grab a game-high 10 rebounds.

New Washington was led by a pair of freshmen. Jenna Sexton finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, and Burgin scored 10.

“For two freshmen, they played pretty well,” Ricks said. “And right now we’re looking for a leader desperately, regardless of what class.”

New Washington played without center Jillian Charlet, who has been ill. She could return to the lineup tomorrow.

“I know they missed Charlet, arguably their best player,” Chanley said. “They beat us three out of four quarters in the preseason scrimmage. But I like the way we’re playing right now. We’re looking for the open player and playing together. Kelsey got us off to a great start tonight. That’s what she’s supposed to do.”

New Washington will return to action tomorrow hosting Charlestown. Silver Creek will host Salem Thursday.



SILVER CREEK ...............22 15 18 9—64

NEW WASHINGTON ........0 5 9 16—30

Silver Creek (8-3) — Steele 11, Page 11, Holland 11, Robertson 10, Corbett 9, Stemle 4, Ferree 4, Kelley 2, Haddon 2, Johnston 0, Everage 0.

New Washington (8-6) — Sexton 11, C. Burgin 10, Stutesman 4, Nugent 2, Walker 2, E. Burgin 1, Tuell 0, Ivers 0, Spencer 0.

Three-point goals — Silver Creek 8 (Holland 3, Page 3, Robertson 2); New Washington 2 (Sexton 2).

Rebounds — Silver Creek 39 (Ferree 10); New Washington 32 (Sexton 7).

Turnovers — Silver Creek 20, New Washington 30.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Silver Creek 42 (8-8-12-14) — McFarland 5, Haddon 9, Kelley 3, Johnston 1, Waiz 0, Everage 10, Corbett 12, Hagedorn 2; New Washington 15 (7-3-0-5) — Lemons 2, Stoner 3, Spencer 3, Schindler 0, Sarver 1, Burch 0, Walker 6.

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