Lady Indians on a six-win streak

The Indians girls basketball team is on a roll, with the winningest record in the Henlopen South after a pair of victories last week.

They defeated Milford 45-36 last week (Jan. 13) and topped Polytech 33-28 on Jan. 18.

“We just keep eking these things out,” said a pleased head coach Steve Persolio.

They trailed most of the game against Polytech, and were down 15-11 at the half.

Persolio said not many coaches scouted Indian River, but just from reading the box scores they knew they had to contain senior co-captain Ravin Robinson.

They managed to isolate Robinson, holding her to single digits, but the Indians adapted.

“We don’t try to force it — we just try something different and get the ball to where we can take our shots,” Persolio said.

Kiarra Graves and Jessica Hudson combined for 20 points (12 and 8, respectively) and nailed their foul shots.

Graves went 4-4, Hudson 4-6.

The Indians caught fire in the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run, as they started working around the Polytech defense.

“We change ours,” Persolio said. “Some teams stay back in the zone for a long time.”

He also acknowledged the depth of this year’s Indians roster.

“We’ve got five players that come off the bench, and there’s not that much of a drop for us,” he pointed out. “Eight girls scored in the fourth quarter.”

They led throughout against Milford, with Robinson scoring 12, Stephanie Simms 10.
Graves, Hudson and Sara Powell combined for 15.

Persolio said he recognized they were going into a tough stretch (Cape/Tech/Central), but with a 9-3 record overall, he was hopeful the Indians would be able to extend their season into the state tournament.

The Indians play Cape Henlopen on the road Friday, Jan. 21. Game time is 6 p.m.

They’ll return home for Sussex Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.