The Lady Indians varsity basketball took one out of two games last week, crushing Woodbridge, 66-27, but getting out-muscled by Dover, 80-44, as they hover at an 11-8 overall record.
Injuries to sophomore guard Kiarra Graves and junior guard Erin Sagers has forced head coach Steve Persolio to look for contributions from other sources. Freshman Abby Buchler, Charne Rayne and Jasmine Holden have seen considerable time on the varsity squad over the past few games in attempts to get them some big game experience.
“It can only help us down the road by getting them in the game now,” said Persolio.
Senior captain Ravin Robinson lifted the Indians versus Woodbridge, as she posted an impressive double-double, scoring 20 points and snagging 10 rebounds.
“Ravin had the height advantage and she seemed to take the game on her back,” said Persolio.
Overall, the Lady Indians had good balance offensively versus Woodbridge, as senior captain Jessica Hudson scored 11 points, senior forward Stephanie Simms chipped in with 7 points in limited play, junior reserve guard Lisa Butler pulled down 6 points and three others had 4 points.
Defensively, the Indians were forced to go to a smaller lineup due to Woodbridge’s athletic ability getting to the basket.
“We had to pull Stephanie and go with all guards just to match up,” said Persolio. “It worked best for us when I switched Ravin off their best scorer (Felix scored 16 of 27 points) and let her play off the ball.” The defensive pressure paid off as they limited Woodbridge to only one field goal in the third quarter.
The Lady Indians had a hard time defending against Dover’s plethora of post players in the losing effort Feb. 15.
“Dover is huge! They are too strong and it wore us down,” said Persolio.
Five Dover players scored double digits in their 80-point effort.
Trailing Dover 15-2 in the first quarter, Persolio was forced to adjust versus their taller opponents.
“We started trapping and pressuring their guards in the second quarter, and we rebounded to win the 2nd quarter 19-18 to trail 33-21 at half, but they adjusted well in the third quarter and out scored us 19-10, with most of their points coming on offensive rebounds,” said Persolio.
Coming down the stretch Indian River will travel to Laurel on Feb 18. in an attempt to sweep the season series 2-0. Indian River and Laurel are tied for second place in the Southern Henlopen conference and they make their final playoff push. Indian River will host Delmar on Senior Night at 6:30 p.m. in the season finale Feb. 22.
“It looks like we’re going to need 13 wins to get into the playoffs this year,” said Robinson.
With potentially only two games remaining in the basketball season, the Lady Indians look to dig in to make a run in the playoffs.