Indians pick up second win of year
The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team has been at a decided disadvantage from Day 1 this season, with very few players back from last year, while trying to learn a system under new head coach Pat McCrea.
But the Indians have been working hard to improve, and on Tuesday, Jan. 7, they took another step forward in building toward success, with a hard-fought 40-25 win over Early College High School at Delaware State University.
Junior Lauren Meehan and sophomore LeAnya Garrison led the charge with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Senior Yonya Wise added nine markers for the winners. Micayla Meehan chipped in with four, and Emma Jenne recorded two.
The Indians worked toward an early 6-5 lead through the first quarter of play, which ballooned to an 8-point advantage at the half, thanks to out-scoring the Hornets 11-4 in the second quarter. Lauren Meehan scored six of her points in the first half, while Garrison and Wise dropped in five and four, respectively. Micayla Meehan sank two free throws for two of her points in the game.
The teams each scored 11 points in the third quarter, but the Indians put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 12-5 advantage over the final eight minutes of play.
Only three Hornets worked their way into the scoring columns, with Niacan Furlow netting a team-high 14, while Chanyah Wise chipped in with nine and Sani Savage added two.
The Indians — now 2-4 overall on the season — were set to play another Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division game on Thursday, Jan. 9, against rival Lake Forest. Results of the game can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page.
• Indian River (40): Carter 0 0-0 0, Wise 4 0-0 9, Jenne 1 0-0 2, Garrison 4 2-3 12, M. Meehan 1 2-2 4, L. Meehan 5 3-6 13, Dunn 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 7-11 40.
• Early College (25): Furlow 5 3-3 14, Billups 0 0-0 0, Fisher 0 0-0 0, Street 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, Hazzard 0 0-0 0, Savage 1 0-0 2, Wise 4 1-4 9, Williams 0 0-0 0, Rivers 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 4-7 25.
• Indian River: 6 11 11 12-40
• Early College: 5 4 11 5-25
• 3-point goals: IR — Garrison 2, Wise. EC — Furlow.
Padua 68, Indians 35
The Indians were short-handed in this non-league contest with Padua Academy on Friday, Jan. 3, as they fell to the Pandas, 68-35.
It was a tight game after the first quarter, as IR found itself trailing just 10-9 through the first eight minutes. However, the Pandas turned up the defensive pressure and started knocking down some shots in the second quarter, en route to a 28-7 advantage, which led to a 38-16 lead at the halftime break.
IR actually out-scored the Pandas 10-9 in the third quarter, but Padua again turned up the heat in the fourth to post a 21-9 scoring edge for the final scoring verdict.
LeAnya Garrison scored a team-high 11 for the Indians, with Yonya Wise adding nine to the cause. Sisters Micayla Meehan and Lauren Meehan scored six and four, respectively.
By Jason Feather