The Elsberry Lady Indians defeated Valle Catholic during the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 22 by a final score of 44-36.
“The win against Valle Catholic was an ugly one,” said Head Coach Hector Bencomo.
It was obvious from the outset that the game would be a close one. Elsberry ended the first quarter leading by a mere two points and closed out the half with an even slimmer lead of 20-19.
The Lady Indians stepped up their game in the third quarter and outscored Valle Catholic 13-5.
“What put them over the top was a hunger to win, as well as the fact that they went nine for nine from the free-throw line during the fourth quarter,” said Bencomo.
Elsberry was led in scoring by Brittni Hagemeier with 15 points, followed by Kate Boedeker with 11.
As the regular season wound to an end the Elsberry Indians accomplished their first team goal, a conference championship and extended a pretty impressive streak, 27 straight wins at home.
On Feb. 18 the Indians posted a 67-66 victory over a tough Bowling Green team meant that Elsberry hadn’t lost on their home court since Dec. 10, 2010 against Orchard Farm.
The win didn’t come easy. Elsberry started the game on a 13-0 run only to see the Bobcats’ Corey Brown hit multiple three pointers, taking the lead and never giving it back until the third quarter.
The game for Elsberry came down to a three pointer at the buzzer from Rodney Chatman that sent the game to overtime, where Elsberry would squeak out the one point victory.
The win meant that Elsberry would need to defeat Wright City just three nights later and hope for a little help from Bowling Green against Community.
The Indians did their part by casting aside Wright City with a 67-43 win and Bowling Green defeated Community, meaning a three way tie with Clopton and Van-Far for the conference championship.
Back the spotlight back on the Lady Indians’ Brittni Hagemeier who scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 18 during the first quarter of what turned out to be a very close game against the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats.
“It was incredible,” said Hagemeier. “There’s just no way to really describe it other than to say it was awesome.”
Elsberry went on to defeat the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats that night by a final score of 50-47, but not without an all-out team effort.
“Brittni’s accomplishment is a reflection of how much our team works together in order to come up with a victory,” said Coach Bencomo.
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Hagemeier with 17 points.
“Brittni’s offense was impressive,” said Coach Bencomo.
Hagemeier was supported in her efforts by Kate Boedeker with eight points, Tanner Bencomo with six, Olivia Brown and Amanda Jo Talbot who each had five,
The Lady Indians then moved on to defeat the Silex Lady Owls 54-37 on Feb. 19.
Hagemeier was once again the leading scorer with 17, followed closely by Tanner Bencomo with 14, Boedeker with 13, Talbot with 10. To close out the regular season, Elsberry faced Wright City on Feb. 20. The girls were victorious by a final score of 53-28. Hagemeier led the team with 18, followed by Tanner Bencomo with 14.
The Lady Indians finished the season with a record of 17-8 and tied the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats for second place in the EMO Conference.