By Bob Simmons
Elsberry varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams competed in the BOOM Classic in Winfield.
The BOOM Classic at Winfield features teams across the tricounty area. The Lady Indians took on Fort Zumwalt East in their first contest, followed by North County Tech, and finally Trinity Catholic in the consolation game. Teamwork was the key for the entire tournament for the Lady Indians, as all eight team members gave productive minutes during their time on the floor.
The first game was definitely the most exciting game as Elsberry fell by just one point 40-39.
Coach Koch-Dowell said, “Even though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, we stayed together as a team and fought till the end.”
The North County Tech game proved to be no contest for the Lady Indians as they won hands down behind the play of junior Megan Hagemeier, who had a double double. She finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Despite not having junior Tess Weakly for the consolation game, the Lady Indians used their defensive skills to seal the game 29-12. The bright spot and well deserved honor was bestowed on Hagemeier as she was named to the all-tournament team.
Koch – Dowell added, “I couldn’t be prouder of the team, as every one of them stepped up to the challenge and helped us get a win and capture the consolation trophy,” she said.
Tess Weakly finished with 11 pts.
“We started out a little slow on the offensive end but kept our intensity up on the defensive end,” she said. “ We were leading at the half by 10 and came out a little sluggish to start the 3rd. Again we depended on our defensive to get us going. This was another team effort as everyone had to adjust defensively to guard North Tech’s point guard.”
Against Trinity Catholic, Elsberry won 29-12 in the consolation game.
“We finished the tournament on a good note getting the last win.”
High scorer for Elsberry was Madysen Kinsler with 12 points and Megan Hagemeier leading with 10 boards.
“The game started off a little slow as the long week set in and we had some tired legs but the girls did a great job fighting through it. Throughout the whole tournament we did a great job of adjusting defensively to come out on top.”
The Lady Indians returned to regular season play against Warrenton ad found the going tough.
“We had a rough game against Warrenton, losing 41-10,” said Koch-Dowell. They are a well-coached group and we struggled to get any offense going. This was a good test for us for later in the year to play such great competition. We struggled to get many shots off. Our leading scorers were Clare Henry and Tynesha Henderson both with four points.”
In their first game of the tournament the Elsberry Indians faced off against Christian, followed by North County Christian School and then finishing the tournament against Winfield for consolation. The Indians couldn’t get much going in the first game against the Eagles, as turnovers and lack of offense would be the demise for the team. Elsberry could only muster up 11 points in the first half. The team finished with a loss of 54-31.
The team did a 360 in the second game against North County Christian as the offense flowed and the Indians scored 73 points to only 29 by the opponent.
With a record of 1-1 in the tourney, the Indians went into the third and final game for consolation against the Warriors. Elsberry was wanting payback from the season opener when they lost in overtime.
The teams played neck and neck in the first half with only a five point deficit at halftime, but the lack of offense in the third quarter put the Indians behind by 15 going into the final quarter. Both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter giving the Warriors the consolation trophy.
Like any coach, Chad Twellman would like to bring home some hardware, but he is also looking for some consistent play from his team.
He added, “I know this was not what we wanted from this tournament, but now we know what we need to improve on. It is early and we are working hard to make the adjustments.”