Lady Indians drop DAPSS, 36-17
The Indian River High School girls’ basketball squad jumped out to a “safe and secure” lead and never looked back in last Friday night’s 36-17 victory against the Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security. The win puts the Lady Indians at 1-0 on the season.
“I thought, defensively, we worked pretty well in the man [defense],” said first-year head coach Matt Mayette. “There were struggles when we let them get to the rim, but as they got their feet wet, they really started to see and adapt to what their strengths and weaknesses were.”
The season-opener against the first-year, non-conference opponent was difficult to prepare for, though, according to Mayette.
“They’re a new team, so they just kind of played a little disorganized,” he explained. “It’s their first year. Our kids were a little shocked. When you play those regular public schools, you’re seeing a traditional defense and know what to expect.”
Junior point guard Maggie Allison got the Lady Indians on the board first and emerged as an essential part of the offense, ending the night with six points, five rebounds and three assists.
“She’s our best passer right now,” said Mayette of Allison’s performance. “She’s just an all-around player.”
The other Maggie on the court — freshman guard Maggie Ford — led the charge with 12 points, three rebounds, an assist and an impressive four steals in the matchup.
“We knew Maggie Ford was going to be our best defensive player. She did a fantastic job,” Mayette said.
Leading 19-6 at halftime, the Lady Indians continued their Maggie-to-Maggie magic in the second half. Junior Taylor Billinger and the team’s only senior — Alex Myers — also played key roles in the victory, with seven and five points, respectively, and five rebound each. Myers also tallied three steals and two steals and, according to Mayette, continued to display valuable leadership to a young and inexperienced team.
“I always thought she would be our leader and, without a doubt, she demonstrated leadership tonight. She’s just a tough, tough kid.”
Juniors Patrina Bratton and Faythe Wise accounted for the remaining six points on the night, with two and four, respectively.
The Lady Indians were set to hit the road mid-week, facing Lake Forest on Wednesday, Dec. 11 (after Coastal Point press time), and Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville on Friday, Dec. 13. They won’t play at home again until Thursday, Dec. 19, when Seaford comes to town. Last year, IR knocked off both Lake Forest and Woodbridge twice but fell to Seaford both times they faced the Lady Blue Jays.