The Lady Indians varsity basketball team improved their regular season record to 12-10 as they trounced the Delmar Wildcats 51-26 in their season finale on Senior Night, Feb. 22.
“This was a fun win for us, especially when you get a chance to play everyone,” said head coach Steve Persolio. Overall the Indians success could be attributed to their well-balanced offensive attack. Eight players scored in the affair while all 12 players contributed.
Senior captains Ravin Robinson and Jessica Hudson led the charge, combining for 24 of the team’s 51 points. Robinson meticulously controlled the tempo as she drove the lane, doled out some would-be assists and grabbed the tough rebounds.
Hudson scored one of her many season double-doubles, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with her 11 points. Hudson’s quick feet allow her to negotiate the lane to score four uncontested baskets — she also displayed an impressive range making a long shot from a couple inches in front of the three-point line.
Robinson and Hudson were complimented nicely by senior Stephanie Simms, sophomore Kiarra Graves and junior Sara Powell, as they combined to score an additional 18 points. Senior Lindsay Hardt chipped in with a hard-fought six rebounds in the contest and junior guard Lisa Butler had four steals in the contest.
Everything is gravy when the Indians hold their opponent under 40 points but when they don’t, it becomes a shootout.
“Our style of basketball is to play good defense and get out and run, but when we don’t do that we have a hard time winning,” said Persolio.
The Lady Indians allowed Laurel to score 48 points in their last defeat of the season.
“They just kept hitting three pointers,” said Graves. The loss comes at a critical time because the Indians are battling for a position in the state tournament.
“As of right now I believe we’ll make it in,” said Persolio. “Laurel has more wins than us, but we have more quality points so it will come down to the wire.”
The top nine teams will receive byes, so if the Indians advance to the playoffs they won’t have to face the elite teams right away.
“It will be a tough tournament, but there are teams like Sussex Central that had a great season that could be knocked out early,” said Persolio.
Going into the playoffs, the Lady Indians must continue to improve offensively and remain aggressive defensively. Their combination of Robinson’s smart defensive play and Grave’s and Butlers’ defensive anticipation should bode well for the Indians in the state tournament.
Hudson will have to increase her offensive production as the Indians best pure scorer. There are few players at her position that can match up with her height and athletic ability.
“If and when we make the playoffs, I guarantee I’ll be at my best,” said Hudson.