The Elsberry Lady Indians started off their week on the road with a 48-40 loss to the Orchard Farm Lady Eagles on Jan. 20.
“We played a good game overall,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo. “However, we weren’t able to make the uncontested lay-ups or the easy shots throughout the game. In addition, we were three for eight from the free-throw line as a team.”
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Olivia Brown with 13 points, followed by Brittni Hagemeier with nine, Tanner Bencomo and Amanda Jo Talbot with six each.
The game was evenly matched from the start, with both teams scoring 13 points in the first quarter. Elsberry then closed out the first half with a 26-23 lead.
Unfortunately, Orchard Farm came back to outscore Elsberry 10-5 in the third quarter and 15-9 in the fourth to put the finishing touches on their win.
The Lady Indians then faced North Callaway on the road on Jan. 23 and suffered a 58-56 loss.
“We ended the third quarter with a comfortable lead of 12 points, but then they outscored us 20-6 in the fourth,” said Coach Bencomo.
Elsberry was led in scoring by Brown with 14 points followed by Boedeker with 13, Hagemeier with 11.
“We need to learn when to slow things down and when to speed things up,” said Bencomo.
In boys’ action, after a long bus ride and sitting through a JV game, Coach Ryan Parker stated his team didn’t bring the energy and effort needed right away Friday night against North Callaway.
“North Callaway in the first half out hustled us and really outplayed us on both ends of the floor,” said Parker.
Calling it lucky to be tied 16-16 after the first quarter North Callaway jumped out to a 8-0 start in the second quarter before Parker called a time-out to settle down his team. The Indians trailed 36-31 at the half.
The Indians were a different team in the second half holding North Callway to only 15 points in the third and eating away at the lead.
The Indians took the lead for good with about two minutes left in the game. North Callaway had a shot at the buzzer to tie but didn’t draw rim. The Indians held on for the 54-51 lead.
Elsberry was led in scoring by Kenny Lesley (28 points).
Lesley finished the night with a triple-double adding 18 rebounds and 10 blocks.