Lady Indians nearly catch perennial titans


Every year, Dover’s girls’ basketball team is one of the best. They have the numbers and the skill. And that combination translates into a 16-4 record. But the Lady Indians of Indian River High School put the basketball titans to the test on Feb. 14 in what finished as a 63-34 losing effort for IRHS.
Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN: Kiarra Graves prepares to out-maneuver a Dover defender in what turned out to be a loss for IRHS on Tuesday, Feb. 14.Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN:
Kiarra Graves prepares to out-maneuver a Dover defender in what turned out to be a loss for IRHS on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Indian River didn’t just keep it close, though. They were winning by three points at half-time, by virtue of just cutting loose.

“I just let them do their thing,” said Head Coach Summer Chorman. “We had to break their press in the first half, and on the offensive end they played basketball.”

Kiarra Graves led the Lady Indians with 10 points, followed by Jasmin Holden’s eight points and Michelle Givans’ seven points.

Indian River actually out-rebounded Dover in the first half, but the Indians ran out of steam in the second half.

“It’s interesting that we out-rebounded Dover even though they are a lot taller than us. But to beat Dover you have to play a perfect game,” said Chorman. “Our bigger players (forwards) had a nice game.”

In the Valentine’s Day race, Dover lasted the longest. The Lady Senators scored 19 fourth-quarter points, compared to none for Indian River’s final quarter of play. Chorman credited the turnaround to the number of players Dover has at its disposal.

“We just don’t have the depth that Dover has,” she said. “We have nine or 10 girls, and Dover has a solid 15. At the end they (IR) were tired and frustrated.”

“It’s been really hard (for the girls) in this type of season,” continued Chorman. “It’s hard to look past the wins and losses. But, hopefully, we can pick up one more win (in the Southern Division) over the next two games.”