The Lady Indians’ varsity basketball team is still on the outside looking in. Losses to Woodbridge and Nandua pushed Indian River to a 0-3 record. But you won’t see them hanging their heads or feeling sorry for themselves. Now is the time to improve and make a move into the winners’ bracket.
“Right now we have to play together and continue to play hard,” guard Charne Rayne said. “Personally, it’s been tough (to drive to the basket) because I get fouled and hurt, but it pushes us harder being a young team.”
Amanda Mayfield and Kiarra Graves are the Lady Indians’ only upperclassmen and with so much youth, growing pains are inevitable. Their 52-44 loss to Woodbridge was a prime example.
Center Michelle Givans led her team with a double-double effort (22 points, 16 rebounds, 10 offensive rebounds) but Woodbridge’s Tiandra Felix answered every call.
Her 19 points (including four 3-pointers) proved enough to keep the Lady Indians at arm’s length. Felix scored three of her four three-pointers from the wing, which she admitted was her favorite spot to shoot from. But it was ability to get her teammates involved that sealed the deal.
Point guard Jenna Schrock scored 14 points on 7-16 shooting and Grace Reandon chipped in with 11 points.
“Our offense isn’t designed to go to one person but Tiandra draws so many double-teams that it allows the other girls to score,” said Woodbridge Head Coach Don Reandon.
The Lady Indians post game is coming around but it’s their guard play that must improve. From there the rest of the pieces will fall into place.
Point guards Graves and Rayne are the Lady Indians’ most dangerous ball-handlers and attempt the most shots. But both players fell short of producing enough to win.
Graves converted only 25 percent of her shots against Woodbridge (3-12) for nine points and Rayne chipped in with eight points on 3-4 shooting but hit only 50 percent of her foul shots (2-4). Graves knocked down three more shots against Nandua (one three-pointer) but Rayne didn’t score.
Second-chance points killed Indian River and Nandua made sure not to waste the opportunity to finish the Lady Indians off. Indian River actually had more offensive rebounds (14) compared to Nandua (13) but Maquantse Kellam’s efficient scoring did the trick. She tallied nine points on 4-6 shooting in the second half and pulled down five offensive rebounds (out of six).
The Lady Indians will get a chance to right their ship in the new year when they face off with conference foes Laurel on Jan. 3 and Delmar on Jan. 6. Both games will start at 6 p.m.