The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team is young and is expected to face some growing pains throughout the early parts of this season.
Through those pains — with practice and game experience — they hope to continue to have the same type of feeling they were able to experience following Tuesday night’s 34-23 wire-to-wire win over visiting Laurel.
“We are extremely young, and as with any team that is a young team, there’s a lot of growing pains,” said first-year head coach Paul Weisengoff. “I need to be a little bit more patient with a lot of the inexperience we have. We only have two seniors, two juniors, and the rest are freshmen and sophomores. So, you know, that is a lot of not playing basketball at this level. We just gotta be able to play, and the more we play games, the better off we’re all gonna be.”
In the Dec. 4 win, senior Julia Jordan led the way with a game-high 12 points, as seven different Indians found their way onto the scoresheet. Sophomore Lauren Meehan followed with eight points, while her twin sister Micayla Meehan chipped in with five. Freshman LeAnya Garrison added four markers.
For Laurel, Devonna Sheppard and Couri Smith each scored a team-high eight points. Nakayla Smith added five as well.
In their first two games, during last weekend’s Indians Tip-Off Classic, IR fell to Worcester Prep (59-24) on Friday, Nov. 30, and Delmarva Christian (46-20) on Saturday, Dec. 1.
“We had a great practice yesterday,” Weisengoff said of Monday’s practice. “It’s hard to elaborate more than that, really,” he assessed of the improvement from the weekend to Tuesday night’s performance. “Good practices lead to good performances. I think every time we have a good practice, we will have a good performance. I certainly think we got better on Saturday than we did on Friday. I thought we did some OK things on Friday though, too.”
The Indians were set to host Woodbridge on Thursday, Dec. 6, (after Coastal Point press time) before hitting the road for their first away contest of the season, at Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Results of those games will be available on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.
By Jason Feather