IR girls come up short against Wildcats at home

Date Published: 
Feb. 2, 2018

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Forward Braydee Whitman goes up for two against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 25.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Forward Braydee Whitman goes up for two against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 25.Last week was a tough one for the Indian River High School girls’ varsity basketball team. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Indians lost a one-point home heartbreaker to the Wildcats of Woodbridge High School. Then they traveled to Lewes on Thursday, Jan. 25, and were clobbered by Division I Vikings of Cape Henlopen High School.

Tuesday’s game was tied eight times before the Indians lost 50-49. Despite the loss, senior guard Kealey Allison paced the Indians with 15 points. Junior center Julia Jordan had a stellar night. She scored 14 points, earned her first double-double of the season, pulled down 15 rebounds and was two blocks shy of producing a triple-double, with eight blocks. Senior guard Fabrea’ McCray added 14 points for IR.

“It was a very intense game, exciting to watch,” said a visibly disappointed IR head coach Donna Polk. “Making the foul shots, and this would have been a different story. The girls played well.”

At the end of the first eight minutes of Tuesday’s game, IR led 10-9. The Wildcats surged ahead in the second eight minutes, out-shooting IR 15-9 for a 24-19 halftime lead. IR took the third period 13-8. The intensity heated up in the final period, with Woodbridge sinking 18 points to IR’s 17.

“We stepped up a couple of times on the defensive side and got key rebounds in key situations, and I was proud of my girls — they just have to execute a little more. There were too many turnovers at the end. They played really well, with high energy, but they just couldn’t get ahead.”