Lady Indians down Delmarva Christian, 40-31
After a tough loss to Henlopen South Division leader Milford (8-1) last Thursday, Jan. 16, the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team turned things around Saturday, Jan. 18, by knocking off Delmarva Christian High School, 40-31, at Sussex Academy.
“We did a great job defensively,” said head coach Matt Mayette. “We had been struggling all season long with giving up easy shots, either through the dribble or offensive rebounds. We did a nice job of controlling the boards and limiting them to only four free throw attempts.”
Junior Faythe Wise pulled down seven boards against the Lady Royals, with junior guard Taylor Billinger and junior Patrina Bratton each adding six rebounds of their own. Junior point guard Maggie Allison, senior Alex Myers and freshman guard Maggie Ford all notched five rebounds, as well.
The Lady Indians also managed an impressive 15 steals, with five coming from Bratton and three each from Myers, Wise and Ford.
Offensively, Billinger led the charge, with 16 points.
“Taylor Billinger is a scorer, and we always knew that,” Mayette said of the team’s points leader. “She’s put in the effort to advance her game.”
“Offensively, we are still in that transition of reading the game and making smart decisions based on what the defense is doing,” he went on. “When [DCHS were] playing zone, we were comfortable because, through most of the season, our opponents [have] been playing us zone. Through that experience, we understood where the open areas on the court were and got good shot attempts.”
Last Tuesday’s game against Lake Forest was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m., but the Lady Indians also started a three-game road stint this week, set to travel up north to Red Lion High School on Thursday, Jan. 23, (after Coastal Point press time) and then, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, heading to Laurel to face the Lady Bull Dogs before traveling across town to face Stephen Decatur on Wednesday, Jan. 29. That game begins at 5 p.m.
“Without a doubt, we are seeing improvements in our games on both sides of the court,” said Mayette of the season outlook. “We really look at the Stephen Decatur tournament as a turning point in our effort as a whole. I believe everyone reflected on the results of 2013 and realized how much of a commitment it will take to be successful. Since that point, everyone has bought into the hard work, and the success has become attached to the effort.”