LONG CREEK - Wins for the Long Creek High School girls basketball team have been few and far between for the past several seasons.
The Lady Mountaineers were not close to matching the Daleville, Ind., girls basketball team's record of 113 consecutive losses, the longest losing streak in the history of Indiana basketball, but with just one win during the 2003/04 season combined with a new head coach and only one veteran player returning, this season started out as a big question mark.
Long Creek's roster features one "homegrown" senior in Jennifer Lynall, one sophomore, April Drew, and a freshman, Samantha Witt.
The other three players are foreign-exchange students, seniors Sharon Kuo and Malina Reimann and junior Kathrin Dawidzinski, all of whom never played basketball before this season.
Despite the seeming insurmountable odds, Long Creek has recorded three wins this season, the latest coming on Friday when the Lady Mountaineers hammered Huntington 36-6.
"In comparison to some other teams, we are very good," said Reimann, who's from Germany. "Some teams have been playing together for a longer time and here we are from different countries, with so many people who are playing basketball for the first time in their lives, like me, and we have to come together as a team. We have to learn to play the game of basketball. I think we are doing it."
"It was really cool," Lynall said about the win over Huntington. "We played really hard and it paid off."
"It was good," Kuo said. "Everybody played the ball very hard."
The Lady Mountaineers were behind 2-1 at the end of the first quarter against the Locomotives, but the offense got on track in the second period with 15 points to take a 16-4 halftime lead.
After that, Long Creek was on cruise control for the remainder of the game.
"We worked together and it was just fun," Reimann said. "We were happy, I was happy and I think my teammates were happy. It felt very good."
"I think everyone did really good," Witt said.
"We just tried to have fun and played very good as a team," Dawidzinski said.
Drew led the Lady Mountaineers with a game-high 17 points and Lynall scored eight.
"I think that we had great teamwork and we played hard," Drew said. "It was kind of like a great practice for us. I was glad we won our third game."
It made no difference that Harper defeated Long Creek 54-29 on Saturday, the Lady Mountaineers were still bubbling over with excitement having won their third game of the year.
Long Creek closes the season with games against Monument/Dayville and Prairie City this weekend.
The Daleville Broncos snapped their six-year losing streak last week with a 61-27 victory over Fort Wayne Keystone.
Mountaineers fall to Huntington, Harper
LONG CREEK - The Long Creek boys remained winless in TriCo League basketball dropping a pair of weekend games to Huntington and Harper.
Despite having three players score in double figures, the Mountaineers fell 62-46 to Huntington on Friday.
In Saturday's game against Harper, Long Creek was without senior Ben Corley, who was out of the lineup due to illness, and were hammered by Harper 86-32.
The Mountaineers are now 0-16 on the season.
In the Huntington game, James Norris scored 13 points, Josh Thatcher had 11 and Casey Witt added 10 for the Mountaineers.
In Saturday's game, Harper led 23-14 after the first quarter and 47-18 at halftime.
Joel Ramirez and Norris scored eight points apiece for Long Creek.