It was a night to remember as the Elsberry Lady Indians broke out and defeated the Van-Far Lady Indians 64-18, on Dec. 16.
According to Elsberry Head Coach Hector Bencomo, they were only able to scout a little bit, as Van-Far is in a rebuilding year after losing several senior players last season.
“We knew they weren’t returning a lot of their starters, so we didn’t have a lot to go on for this season,” explained Bencomo.
Bencomo said their plan was simple, run the ball and set plays to dominate the floor.
According to him, there were several pluses throughout the game. One plus, as he saw it, was that his girls are starting to better recognize the open man.
“We are getting better at being able to get our plays off before the defense can stop us,” said Bencomo.
As far as the Elsberry defense is concerned, Bencomo said they’re still turning their back to the ball.
Having said that, Bencomo said he was extremely proud of sophomore Maggie Spratt, who just returned from an injury. Spratt came in and in a short period was able to hit a three point and two point shot.
Three in a row
Despite back-to-back double digit wins over Silex (54-37) and Van-Far (65-48), Elsberry Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker is still waiting for his squad to put together a complete effort.
“I didn’t think we played extremely well in either game. Some of that has to do with the teams we are playing and what they are doing to us but a lot of it is us not executing and taking care of business,” said Parker.
In the Silex game Elsberry wanted to limit the Owls top shooter Matt Huber’s looks and he went off for 19 points.
“We have to do a better job of taking away the other teams best player,” said Parker.
The Van-Far game was much of the same.
“We knew [Nick] Barnes was a good player and did a better job on him than we did on Huber,” said Parker.
Barnes was able to hit some tough shots and ended up with 23 points, five of them coming on three pointers.
Even with the plan of Van-Far’s Barnes, Parker said his team played well for three quarters, but his team came out flat from half-time, scoring only six points in the third quarter.
One welcome surprise has been the recent play of guard Rodney Chatman who scored 20 points in the two wins and has started taking more shots.
“We want and need Rodney to shoot the ball,” said Parker “He is a great shooter and with him only being a sophomore I see great things out of him as the season progresses.”
Article courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.