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Indian teams playing well with districts looming

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Kylie Kinsler gets the jump on this Wellsville player in Elsberry’s win. Submitted photo.

Both the Elsberry Lady Indians and Indians are heading in the right direction with both posting impressive wins in recent action.
The varsity girls basketball team is riding a three-game winning streak with a record of 12-8 going into the final two weeks of the season.
Last week the varsity picked up wins over North Callaway and Wellsville, while the junior varsity team improved their record to a perfect 11-0 with a win over North Callaway junior varsity.
The win over the Wellsville Tigers 44-23 notched another conference win for the Lady Indians.
Elsberry outscored their opponent in every quarter to cruise to the victory. Seven Lady Indians got into the scoring column with Tess Weakly leading the team with 13 points.
The Lady Indians beat North Callaway for third place in the Bowling Green tournament so they knew the Thunderbirds were going to be ready for the rematch.
Weakly had the hot hand for Elsberry in the first quarter as she scored 12 of the Lady Indians 14 points.
Elsberry raced to a 34-25 halftime lead and never looked back finishing the game with a 63-50 victory.
Once again the Lady Indians had eight players putting points on the board for them. Leading the scoring with double figures was Weakly with 22, followed by Kinsler with 16 points.
In the junior varsity game the Lady Indians outscored their opponent in every quarter to take home the 40-15 win. Like the varsity team numerous players scored for Elsberry. Scoring in double figures were Tynesha Henderson with 15 points, followed by Brystal Jones with 14 points.
The Lady Indians secured the number two seed in the Class 2 District 5 Tournament. They will start the tournament off on Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Elsberry.
The Elsberry boys teams are in full swing. Last week the team took on the Wellsville Tigers at home and walked away with an exciting 67-61 victory in overtime. On Friday the Indians traveled to North Callaway only to come home with a disappointing 68-63 loss.
At North Callaway the Indians were led by the hot three point shooting of Nathan Reed, who sank six in the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a sluggish fourth quarter.
The first half proved to be a back and forth contest on shots and the second half was a game of free throws.
Elsberry took a one point lead going into the locker room at half and increased their lead after outscoring the Thunderbirds 13-10 in the third quarter.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line where North Callaway shot 16 shots from the charity stripe and handed the Indians a conference loss.
Reed finished the game with a total of 23 points. Also scoring in double figures was Derrick Taylor with 18 points.
Earlier in the week their play against the visiting Wellsville Tigers had everyone in the gym sitting on the edge of their seats.
Once again two evenly matched teams took the game down to the wire. After the first quarter Elsberry had a slight 14-10 advantage, but in the second quarter the Indians were outscored 16-11 and the Tigers took a one point lead into the locker room at the halfway mark.
With the second half just as competitive as the first, the two teams found themselves knotted at the end of regulation.
In the four-minute overtime the Indians pulled away outscoring the Tigers 12-6, capturing a 67-61 win.
The Indians were led by the inside play of Garik Hill who finished strong with 19 points. Also scoring in double figures were Reed with 11, and Taylor with 10.
The Indians will finish out the season the following week against Montgomery County and Silex on the road.
The Indians also found out this week that they will have the number one seed in the Class 2 District 5 Tournament. The tournament starts on Feb. 19 and will be played in Elsberry.

Trevor Anthony slips through the defense to score in a recent game. Submitted photo.

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