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Elsberry teams bring home third-place trophies from Bowling Green tourney

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10:44 am

Tess Weakly, above, drives in for a score.

The Elsberry Indians and Lady Indians were both in action at the 93rd annual Bowling Green Tournament. Both teams captured the third place trophy after hard fought contests against the boys and girls from North Callaway.

Lady Indians
The Lady Indians began the tournament with an impressive victory over Van-Far, but lost their semi-final round against Bowling Green placing them in the third place game.
Against North Callaway Elsberry fought hard to come out on top 35-27. The Lady Indians had a slow start in the title game scoring just four points to 15 by their opponent.
Elsberry turned the tide in the second quarter outscoring North Callaway 16-4 and taking a one point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Both teams came out in the third quarter playing hard defense to keep the scoring down to just six total points by the teams.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Indians got rough and tough scoring 13 points to take the win. The offense was led by junior Tess Weakly, as she had 20 points in the game.
In the semi-final game against the Bowling Green Bobcats the Lady Indians were disappointed with the 26-23 loss after holding a five point lead going into the fourth quarter. But the failure to score in the fourth quarter turned the victory over to the Lady Cats.
High scorer for Elsberry was Weakly with 13 points.
The three point shooting by senior Madysen Kinsler helped Elsberry cruise to a 41-27 victory over the Van Far Lady Indians in the opening round. Kinsler finished with a team high 11 points, netting three treys.

Indians
One might describe the Indians victory over North Callaway in the final round of the tourney as a nail biter.
In the first two quarters of the game the teams traded bucket for bucket, going into the locker room at halftime tied 30 all.
The Indians came out strong and on fire, scoring 13 points in the third quarter to just six by the Thunderbirds.
The fourth quarter was just as exciting as the first three, despite being outscored 17-12 Elsberry held onto the victory 55-53.
Junior, Trevor Anthony led the offense by scoring 16 points.
The opponent for Elsberry in the semi-final game was the Van-Far Indians.
Just one week earlier Elsberry won handily in the conference contest, but this meeting had a different outcome.
Elsberry was outscored in every quarter losing by a score of 62-46.
Despite the loss, senior Michael Kelly, had the hot hand for Elsberry, as he scored 23 points.
In the opening round Elsberry faced off against conference rival, the Bowling Green Bobcats.
The contest was a good rivalry game, but the Indians came out on top 69-59.
Junior Nathan Reed led the scoring for Elsberry finishing with 21 points.

Michael Kelly sets his eye on the basket.

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