Indian River girls lose to Laurel, 56-38

Date Published: 
Jan. 25, 2018

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel. After leading Laurel’s Bulldogs girls’ varsity basketball team 10-7 at the end of the first period on Jan. 18, Indian River High School’s girls’ basketball team went backwards from there, leading to a 35-44 loss at their home gym. The loss gave them a 5-7 record for the season thus far.

Junior Julia Jordan quickly got the Indian’s scoring started, in just over 15 seconds. Another basket and a free-throw gave IR a 5-0 lead. IR shooters built a 7-2 advantage at the 4:15 minute mark.

Laurel tied it 10-10 with a basket and a foul shot in the opening seconds of the second period. Laurel scored again, and the Indians tied it again at 12 all at the 4:15 mark. Laurel then raced ahead, outscoring IR 21-4 in the second eight minutes, to lead 28-14 at the break.

“We knew Laurel would be competitive. All we wanted to do was try and come in and compete, and I felt like we did that in the second half more so then in the first half,” said IR head coach Donna Polk.

“In the first half we just had some missed opportunities on open layups and didn’t shoot well from the free-throw line.”

IR outshot the Bulldogs 10-7 and 11-9 in the second half, but Laurel led 35-23 at the end of three periods. IR picked up their game in the final period, closing in on the Bulldogs at 38-35 with 56 seconds to play, but it wasn’t enough.

“We just didn’t do what we needed to do,” Polk noted. “We didn’t play with high energy. As far as the rebounds, we didn’t take care of the boards like we needed to in crucial situations.

“In the second half, we came out and played with a little more energy. We just didn’t execute offensively to match point-for-point. We got them down by three and couldn’t tie up the game. But the girls played hard, and I’m proud of them.”

Indian senior guard Fabrea’ McCray led their scoring with 18 points, including a three-point goal. She also had nine rebounds for the Indians. Senior forward Braydee Whitman pulled down 11 rebounds. Jordan hauled down six rebounds, and had four assists and two blocks. Senior guard Kealey Allison scored five points, grabbed six rebounds, and had three assists and a steal.

Boys top Bulldogs, 56-38

Indian River High School varsity boys’ basketball team beat Laurel High School’s Bulldogs last Thursday, Jan. 18, at Laurel. IR built a 10-7 lead in the first eight minutes and followed up with an 18-13 second-period difference, giving the Indians a 28-20 halftime advantage.

IR’s offense extended their lead, outshooting the Bulldogs 10-2 in the third period, giving them a 38-22 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

In the final period, IR outshot the Bulldogs 18-16 for their 56-38 win.