The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team has been focused and determined in the second half of the season to right their early-season struggles.
Thanks to a pair of wins this past week, the Indians have now won four in a row, and have closed out their regular season with a 10-10 mark overall. It puts them in a very good position to earn a berth in the DIAA Division II state playoffs.
“I am so proud of this team,” head coach Paul Weisengoff said after their 28-14 win last Thursday, Feb. 7, against Sussex Academy. “I put us in a couple bad situations early, and we lost a couple close games early, but I don’t think we would have lost those games, the way we are playing now. They are playing with so much poise and control right now.”
The Indians’ win over the Seahawks came on Senior Night, where they recognized two of their leaders, in Julia Jordan and Janasia Satchell.
Jordan finished the game with five points, but was once again a force on the glass and protecting the rim, which she has done over her four-year career for the Green & Gold. Satchell chipped in with three on a trey from the left wing.
“She is a rebounder, and she’s tough,” Weisengoff said of Jordan. “I mean, there is nothing else you can say about her but that she is a phenomenal person who happens to be a good basketball player. You always want to see people like that be successful. Julia is going to be a success in whatever she does.”
And for Satchell — the spark plug for the Indians — Weisengoff couldn’t have been more thrilled to have her as a team leader.
“She has come in and done some really good stuff for us,” the coach said. “She brings an energy that a lot of our players really don’t have. I am always preaching effort and energy, and she really bought into it. She brings it from the locker room to the court — not just on the court when we get out here.”
Micayla Meehan scored a game-high nine for the Indians in the win over Sussex Academy, with Le’Anya Garrison contributing six more for the winners.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Indians made the trek up to Milford to close out their regular season and came away with a 40-25 victory.
IR was impressive out of the gate on Tuesday, rolling to a 10-1 lead after the first quarter, and held a 22-11 advantage at the break.
Lauren Meehan led the way Tuesday with 11 points, while Jordan added nine for the Indians. Savannah O’Shields and Garrison each chipped in with six.
Now, the Indians await word on their postseason hopes. The top 24 teams in Division II get into the state playoffs, with the top eight teams getting byes. Some teams still have a week of their regular season left, so an official announcement from state officials might be a week away. With their 10-10 overall mark, and their season-ending four-game winning streak in tow, the Indians will likely see their name on the bracket when it’s released.
By Jason Feather