It was certainly a tale of two halves for the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, Dec. 18, as they hosted Lake Forest in a Henlopen Conference South Division contest.
After an impressive first half in which they held their guests to just two points — including a shutout in the second quarter — the Indians fell victim to the turnover game during the final 16 minutes. Those mistakes proved to be extremely costly, as the Spartans converted that eight-point deficit into a three-point win, 22-19.
“They hit a couple shots, and you have to give them credit,” first-year head coach Paul Weisengoff said of Lake Forest after the game. “They hit a couple jumpers and had a three-point play. It was just too tough to overcome in the second half.
“I am so proud of these girls for how hard they continue to work,” he added. “They are really being aggressive and fought all the way to the end of the game. We are making progress, and we are getting better.”
Sophomore Lauren Meehan led all scorers in the game, with nine points, while also contributing two steals and two rebounds. Senior Julia Jordan had four points, seven boards and three steals. Savannah O’Shields had three points and six steals.
“We didn’t go too deep [on their bench]. We only went six deep on the bench,” Weisengoff continued. “Success is coming. You want to measure success in terms of wins and losses, but success is already here with how far we’ve come since the beginning of the year. We are looking at continuing to get better each time out.”
Lake Forest was led by Grace Aguilar’s eight points.
Last Thursday, Dec. 13, the Indians hosted Delmar, coming away with a 26-16 win. They held the Wildcats to single digits in each quarter, en route to the win.
Jordan scored a game-high 11 points in the contest. Lauren and Micayla Meehan each chipped in with five points, while Le’Anya Garrison added four.
IR held a slim 9-6 lead at the break before finishing things off in the second half for the double-digit win.
The Indians are now off until the weekend of Dec. 28-29, when they will be competing in the Governor’s Challenge in Maryland. Their first game of the event is Friday, Dec. 28, against New Dorp High School, out of New York, to be played at James M. Bennett High School in Berlin, Md. Game time is 6:45 p.m.
By Jason Feather