Lopsided losses to Sussex Tech, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney have left Indian River High School’s Lady Indians basketball team in a heap at the bottom of the Henlopen Conference. B they have a good chance to pull themselves up with a few wins in the south over the final few weeks of the season.
“It’s tough playing the north because they’re so much more experienced than us and taller. But the girls played and gave me all they had,” said Head Coach Summer Chorman. “Right now, we’ve played better teams than us, but it shows us where we need to be and it also makes you better.”
Indian River played well at the start of their stint versus the north and but lost a few games in the second half of that run. Their lone win, against Lake Forest, marked an occasion when the Lady Indians were able to overcome their inexperience. They lost a close 29-27 game to Delmar on Jan. 6 and lost again, 47-40, against Milford on Jan. 13. Woodbridge one-upped Indian River by eight points — those defeats marking three very winnable games that just didn’t go their way.
Chorman noted that the press still is the main obstacle standing in the team’s way and reducing those turnovers is the most direct way to turn around the season for next year.
“We can hold with teams until they press us for that quarter, and then is when you’ll see teams score all of their points,” said Chorman.
The Lady Indians lost four games to St. Thomas More, Laurel, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech by an average score of 23 points. It’s hard to say it hasn’t had a negative effect, but Chorman is confident that the more even level of competition will increase their productivity.
“Mentally, it’s been tough for the girls because they’ve lost so many close games. And it’s hard to keep them motivated. But they have the potential, and if we can improve our individual shooting, make good passes and work to get open, then we might have a little left. Hopefully, we can win some games to take us into the next year,” said Chorman.
The Lady Indians will play three conference games in the coming week, against Lake Forest (Feb. 3), Seaford (Feb. 7) and Woodbridge (Feb. 9), each with 6 p.m. tip-offs.