Lady Indians wrap up rebuilding year with tough road losses

Date Published: 
February 21, 2014

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior point guard Taylor Billinger looks on in frustration during a well-deserved breather as freshman guard Maggie Ford tries to spark the offense against a big and psychical Stephen Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior point guard Taylor Billinger looks on in frustration during a well-deserved breather as freshman guard Maggie Ford tries to spark the offense against a big and psychical Stephen Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17.The Indian River High School girls’ basketball squad has come a long way since the beginning of the year, but ended the season with back to back road losses against Stephen Decatur and Seaford.

Battling a hostile environment and talented Decatur team last Monday, Feb. 17, the Lady Indians continued to fight until the last whistle but ultimately fell, 63-28, to the Lady Seahawks.

“The kids understood the value of this game,” said head coach Matt Mayette after the loss. “We played a good middle two quarters, and then we showed our frustration in the fourth.”

Junior Faythe Wise put up a team-high 11 points in the loss, but the Lady Indians struggled against the Lady Seahawks’ bigger inside players.

“We all match up heart-wise,” said Mayette. “I think, for the most part, we outwork anybody. In the zone, we had a hard time boxing out, and they just got position on us.”

The Lady Indians may have fallen against Henlopen South opponent Seaford on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 55-30, but, according to junior guard Taylor Billinger, the girls still got some positives out of the matchup.

“We made it a good game,” Billinger noted. “We worked hard and had fun. The season is not over — we’re going to continue to work with each other in the off-season.”

Billinger put up eight points against the Lady Blue Jays, with junior Patrina Bratton and freshman Maggie Ford not far behind, with seven and six points, respectively.

According to both Billinger and Mayette, the main problem the Lady Indians had was when they were pressed.

“After the second half, they came out and pressed us the whole time, because they knew that’s what we struggle with,” Billinger explained.

Despite not ending the season how they would have liked, Mayette said he is still proud of his team’s progression through the year and expects to compete in the conference in 2014-2015, as the Lady Indians are set to only graduate one senior from this year’s squad.

“I’m proud of them. When we came here in December, we were playing teams like that, and there was no competitive fire,” he stated. “These kids are gaining confidence in themselves. They’re believing in themselves. They just have to keep working and invest themselves in the off-season.”