Despite an 8-3 overall record, the Elsberry Indians basketball season so far has been like a roller coaster ride. And coming off of
Christmas break Head Coach Ryan Parker wasn’t sure what team would show up.
What Parker got, was a team that put up 15 points in the first and another 25 points in the second outscoring the Wellsville Tigers 35-20. Kenny Lesley scored 14 points to lead the attack.
“I thought we did some really good things and we are really getting better,” said Parker.
One stat Parker looks closely at is taking care of the ball and not giving up turnovers. Elsberry only coughed the ball up eight times against Wellsville.
The second half was much of the same for Elsberry as they outscored the Tigers 14-6 in the third quarter and 14-10 in the fourth quarter.
Zach Rimel led the Indians offensively in the second half scoring eight of his 10 points on the night.
The new year marks a tough stretch of competition for the Indians and Parker is ready for it.
“We have some tough competition on our schedule,” said Parker.
The Elsberry Lady Indians emerged from their Christmas break on fire as they defeated the Wellsville Lady Tigers 73-37.
“It was a good win,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo. “We changed some of the kids to different positions during the break and hadn’t had much time to practice our new style so we really needed that game.”
Elsberry established their dominance early in the game, outscoring Wellsville 23-12 in the first quarter and 17-5 in the second.
Scoring evened out in the third quarter at 14 points apiece, but Elsberry came back to outscore the Lady Tigers 19-6 in the fourth.
“We pushed the ball and I let them run whatever plays they called,” said Bencomo.
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Brittni Hagemeier and Amanda Jo Talbot, who each had 13 points.
Unfortunately, Hagemeier was forced to leave the game early due to an ankle injury.
In addition to Hagemeier and Talbot, Tanner Bencomo and Olivia Brown each contributed 12 points, and Kate Boedeker wasn’t far behind with 11 points of her own.
In addition to her 12 points, Bencomo also chipped in four rebounds, six assists and one steal.
“We’re not in the kind of shape we need to be in to run that type of offense from start to finish,” said Bencomo. “If we want to continue to play this type of game then we have to get in better shape as a team.”
Courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.