SELLERSBURG — Last year, Silver Creek won its first-ever Mid-Southern Conference championship.
On Saturday night in Sellersburg, the reigning Class 3A state champions won their second consecutive championship title.
The fourth-placed Dragons beat Eastern 66-48 in their final home game of the season.
“I’m just super proud of the team,” Silver Creek head coach Scott Schoen said. “I was talking to them the other day about the special opportunity they had tonight to play for a championship on their home turf. That has never happened for Silver Creek women’s basketball.
Dragons senior Emme Rooney led all scorers with 26 points and set a school record with eight 3-pointers.
“I felt pretty good during the warm-ups,” she said. “I knew six three-three in a game was the record here because Kynidi (Mason-Striverson) and I had tied before. For this to be our last home game as seniors, it meant a lot to be able to do this.
Mason-Striverson added 25 points for Silver Creek (20-1, 8-0), which received 63 from its five seniors.
“It’s just the product of the hard work we put in every day,” Mason-Striverse said of the Dragons conference crown. “We knew we had key pieces graduating, but we knew we had great chemistry and we still love and support each other.”
The Dragons’ five seniors have now won 81 games, two conference titles and a state championship.
“It’s amazing. We came into this season and said we just wanted to have fun, but then we just kept working hard and the pieces came together and it all came together,” Rooney said. think our team chemistry is probably better than it was last year. We’re all here just having fun.
Mason-Striverson got the home side off to a good start with nine points in the first period and the Dragons led 14-10 at the first stoppage. Then Rooney started to feel it in the second frame, hitting three from long range and helping Creek take a 32-21 lead.
“I’m very proud that the team talked about how to get the ball for Emme at half-time,” Schoen said. “They knew she was sexy and often found her transitioning. Her teammates found her on their own, with nothing the coaches called for.
Rooney and Mason-Striverson scored all of their teams’ points in stanza three as the Dragons increased their lead to 45-33.
“Before the coaches even entered the locker room, we talked as a team that we needed to bring more energy into the second half,” Mason-Strierson said. “We found the hot hand and it was Emme. The fact that she achieved this school record was amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of her.
Rooney hit four triples in the fourth quarter, nearly outscoring the Musketeers single-handedly in the final eight minutes.
“Emme works so hard at her job. She’s in the gym all the time,” Schoen said. “She started the most games in Silver Creek history. She could still shoot it, but she worked so hard on other facets of her game.”
The Dragons have now won eight straight and don’t plan to break that streak anytime soon.
“We’re not even close to being satisfied,” Mason-Strierson said. “We have goals and one of them is to win the conference, but we are preparing for bigger things.”
Silver Creek wraps up its regular season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at No. 10 Columbus East (16-3) 4A, the Hoosier Hills Conference champion. The Musketeers (11-10, 2-6), who received 17 points from Kyia McKinley, visit Paoli at the same time.
SILVER CREEK 66, EAST 48
East 10 11 12 15 — 48
Silver Creek 14 18 13 21 — 66
East (11-10, 2-6 MSC): Ava Sowder 6, McKenna Jeter 4, Madeline Lewellen 4, Christina Knight 8, Kyia McKinley 17, Kaylee McKinley 9.
Silver Creek (20-1, 8-0): Kynidi Mason-Striverson 25, Hallie Foley 2, Sydney Sierota 2, Indie Miles 1, Lacy Tingle 8, Emme Rooney 26, Meridith Wilkinson 2.
3-point field goals: Is 2 for 12 (Jeter, Kaylee McKinley); Silver Creek 9 for 21 (Rooney 8, Mason-Striverson).
Bounces: East 24, Silver Creek 27.
Turnover: East 14, Silver Creek 8.
Shot at goal : East 16 of 36, Silver Creek 22 of 49.
Free throw shooting: East 14 of 15, Silver Creek 13 of 18.
JV rating: Silver Creek 68, East 39.