Kody Fief’s height and Korten Hathhorn’s speed led the Craig Hoosiers to a 30-12 win Thursday night against Hayden in Craig Parks and Recreation youth basketball.
But after the game, coach Chad Elliot wanted to make sure the credit went to the whole team.
“That’s defense, huh?” Elliot asked his fifth- and sixth-graders after the final buzzer. “Great teamwork guys.”
The Hoosier guards gave Hayden’s backcourt fits throughout the contest.
After trailing 7-6 in the first quarter, the Hoosiers went on a 10-0 run. All 10 points were either scored on steals by the Hoosier guards, or rebounds and put-backs by Fief.
“I’m one of the tallest players,” Fief said, who shyly admitted that it was pretty easy to block shots and get rebounds when he’s six inches taller than everybody else.
Hathhorn thieved and slashed past the Hayden guards for 18 points.
Elliot gave his team credit for improving quite a bit since the first game in the season.
“We’ve come a long way,” he said. “The big guys down low have had to learn how to stay on their blocks and keep their positions. That’s been hard for them to learn, but they’re doing it.”
The team name comes from Elliot’s Indiana roots, and
he said he wants to make
sure his players learn good old-fashioned Indiana basketball.
“We work a lot on dribbling with our head up and setting screens,” he said, of his team that improved to 2-2 on the season. “But, defense wins games.”
Fief said the team spends most of its time on defense in practice.
“We work hard to make it hard to score,” he said. “Tonight, we shut them down.”
The 10-0 run opened the game up in the third quarter.
The closest Hayden would get was 18-11. But it was too much Fief and Hathhorn on the offensive side of the ball and the entire team on defense.
“We kept the defense up,” Elliot said. “That’s defense, huh?”