NOBLESVILLE — Anderson’s pressure defense finally squeezed the life out of the Noblesville offense as the Indians turned up a 56-50 victory over the Millers on Friday night at The Mill in Noblesville.
The Indians forced 28 turnovers in the game and held the Millers to just four points in the final quarter as they rallied from a six-point deficit in the final eight minutes.
“We caused them to turn it over a lot,” said Anderson coach Chad Cook. “We were able to use the press a lot and defensively, even if they got through it we were in good defensive position. To hold them to four points (in the fourth) is a good sign of what we are doing in the half court defense.”
Da’Sha Boyd led the Indians with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven steals in 31 minutes, hitting 5-of-13 field goals and all four of her free throws, including a 3-pointer.
Chelsea Bentley had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals, making 3-of-9 field goals and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe, including a pair of 3-pointers. Dabriona Williams was also in double figures with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and five steals.
“In the first half we did a lot of wrong things, but we stuck with it,” said Cook, whose team trailed 31-27 at the half. “We did a better job of executing in the second half and only had three turnovers.”
Anderson shot 37 percent from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range and also made 14-of-20 from the free-throw line. Noblesville finished at 36 percent shooting, including 6-of-14 from behind the arc and 12-of-16 from the charity stripe.
The Indians had a 36-31 advantage on the boards, including 13-9 on the offensive glass. Anderson also had the edge in points in the paint (28-16), turnovers (22-28), points off turnovers (17-13), second chance points (12-11) and steals (20-12).
“This is as good as Noblesville has been in a while and it’s definitely a good win on the road,” said Cook. “We want to keep building and this is one that we wanted to get going into the county tournament. I’m real proud of the effort.”
Anderson led 16-14 after the first quarter, but found themselves down by four at the half and 46-45 heading into the fourth quarter. Bentley hit a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the game to give the Indians the lead for good at 48-46 and they led by as many as eight points in the final quarter. Noblesville would never get closer than four the rest of the way.
Anderson (6-3) hosts Pendleton Heights in the first round of the Madison County Tournament on Monday at 6 p.m.