Very few freshmen or even sophomores see playing time the likes of some of the youngsters for Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker this season.
“There will be games that we need those young kids to step up and give us quality minutes,” said Parker.
With two sophomores Rodney Chatman and Zach Rimel in the starting lineup and big minutes off the bench from sophomores Wayne Holland, Gavin Hill and freshmen Tyler Turnbull the Indians have depth they maybe didn’t see at the beginning of the season.
In the Indians’ 68-34 win over Silex on Monday night Coach Parker was able to utilize the play of some of those youngsters.
Rimel and Holland combined for 10 points, but it was their hustle and heads up play making a difference.
“Rimel and Holland are young and learning on the fly,” said Parker.
The night however belonged to junior guard Rahiem Porter. Porter had the hot hand all night scoring a game high 19 points in just three quarters.
Junior Kenny Lesley (17 points) and Chatman (12 points) also landed in double figures.
Each and every season Elsberry Homecoming packs a huge crowd in the Clark Cox Gymnasium and last Friday it was no different.
In the third quarter Kenny Lesley’s dunk off of a rebound netted the big man his 1000th point
“I think anytime you get a guy who scores 1,000 points just 14 games into his junior year it speaks volumes not only about the player but also about the type of team he plays on,” said Elsberry Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker.
“It really felt good,” said Lesley. “It felt like all the hard work I had put into basketball had finally paid off. I want to thank God and everybody else who helped me out and had faith in me.”
The Indians limited the Eagles to no points in the first quarter but Orchard did battle back with four three pointers in the second quarter to cut the Indians lead to 10 points (27-17) at the half. Elsberry went on to a 47-37 win.
Elsberry had only one player in double figures, Lesley with 18 points. Rimel finished with nine points, Chatman with seven points and six points each from Porter and Dylan Howard.
The Elsberry Lady Indians had won two out of their previous three games going into Thursday night’s contest against the Winfield Lady Warriors.
Having taken second place in the Clopton Invitational Tournament less than a week earlier, not many people were expecting the Winfield game to be much of a hurdle, especially considering the fact that the Lady Indians had already beaten the Lady Warriors twice this season.
There was something different about this game, however, and Elsberry barely managed to escape with a 58-52 victory.
“The win over Winfield is significant because it indicates that our team is maturing and learning to come from behind to win games,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo.
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Tanner Bencomo with 18, followed by Passion Hunter-Edwards with 11.
“Tanner’s assignment was to deliver the ball to our post players, specifically Brittni Hagemeier,” said Coach Bencomo. “However, Brittni struggled the whole game until we moved her outside the three-point line where she hit two shots late in the game and changed the momentum.”
Winfield was led in scoring by Libby Marko with 20 points and Maria Tippit with 11.
The Lady Warriors outscored Elsberry 15-12 in the first period, but the Lady Indians came back to score 12 points in the second, allowing them to close out the half with a slim 24-22 lead.
“As a team we continue to grow and win games,” said Coach Bencomo. “All of our players stepped up and showed that they’re maturing. We’re learning to trust one another and to know our assignments. They’re fun to coach.”
Information courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.