Lady Indians maintain defensive pressure

The Lady Indians basketball team’s recent 57-20 loss to Sussex Tech marks an important moment in their season. Defensively, they held the Ravens to fewer points than their season average. It’s a move in the right direction, but the team was unable to string together the success.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT: Marnish Mitchell gets pinned down and tries to pass to a teammate.Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Marnish Mitchell gets pinned down and tries to pass to a teammate.

“Sussex Tech is a well-balanced team, but we held them pretty good defensively,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Summer Chorman. “Most of their points came off of turnovers in the press. We’re still young, and we’re still not sure when to dribble and when to pass.”

Indian River trailed the Ravens 17-9 in the first quarter but very nearly didn’t score that many points in the rest of the game. In the end, the Lady Indians scored 13 points the remainder of the game. Kiarra Graves led the team with 10 points.

“We usually come from behind. But this time we did a pretty good job scoring points in the first quarter,” said Chorman. “The free-throws were a major difference. There have been four or five games where we lost by eight to 10 points, which is sometimes the difference of four to five trips to the free-throw line.”

“It’s something we’re working on. We just have to focus. Our guards can get to line. It’s just something they’ll have to focus on,” said Chorman.

Sussex Tech out-shot Indian River from the free-throw line 17-27 to 1-2, which is always a major difference in a game. By getting to the line, Sussex Tech posted four girls with more than eight points and one in double digits.

Brittany Griffen scored 14 points; Dajuardir Weal and Monique Malabet both scored nine, and Charis Tomlin chipped in with eight points.

Chorman noted that the coming northern road-trip will be tough to compete on, but her team will strive to improve nonetheless.

“We play Sussex Central tomorrow (Jan. 26) and Caesar Rodney (on Jan. 31), and going through the north, we’ll be learning every week,” said Chorman. “It’s a work in progress.”