David beat Goliath, the colonists won the revolution, the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic hockey team defeated the Russians (we beat them to the moon too), the Marlins won the 2003 World Series over the Yankees and, Friday night, the Indian River girls basketball team hopes history repeats itself as they host their red hot rival, Sussex Central.
Indian River has amassed a 9-4 record while Sussex Central has gone on an impressive 10-game winning streak. Sussex Central has the momentum, while home court advantage belongs to Indian River — but none of that will matter when the ball is tossed up to start the game.
“When we get defensive pressure and force turnovers, our team starts to roll,” said head coach Steve Persolio.
The Lady Indians will have to step up to win the game, despite leading scorer Ravin Robinson playing with a nagging knee injury.
“Six days of running and softball on Sunday has taken its toll, but I’m sure she’ll answer the bell,” said Persolio.
Persolio indicated that other players would have to raise their level of play if they would have a chance against in the next few games. “We have a relatively deep team. We just need a little more production to beat these bigger schools,” said Persolio.
Friday quickly turns into Monday and the Indians host another tough opponent in Sussex Tech. The JV girls’ team plays at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity squad following directly after at 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 1, Indian River will host Caesar Rodney due to a lack of readiness of their gym. The JV girls play at 4:30 p.m., varsity girls at 6:00 p.m., and varsity boy’s at 7:30.
Persolio’s squad looks to rebound after a tough 66-32 defeat to Cape Henlopen last Friday, January 21. “They hit every shot possible,” said Persolio, “even their center popped out to hit a 15-foot jumper.
“We’re getting better,” continued Persolio. “We’re learning how to win the close games.” Five of Indian River’s nine wins have been won by an average of just seven points.
The Indians push towards the playoffs has at least five obstacles standing in their way.
“We’re going to need to get at least five more wins to make the playoffs,” said Persolio.