With only one month left in the season the Elsberry High School basketball teams are busy on the hardwood. Both teams played two games this past week and the Bowling Green Tournament is keeping them busy this week.
The Lady Indians finally got to spend some time on their own court hosting the Wright City Wildcats last Tuesday and the St. Louis Blue Knights on Thursday. Elsberry tallied two more in the win column.
Against Wright City the team jumped out to a quick lead 12-6 after the first quarter and never looked back taking the victory 42-30. The team was led in scoring by sophomore Candice Dowell who put up 13 points which included two three point baskets.
Senior Kylie Kinsler took charge on the floor against the Blue Knights. Not only did she lead Elsberry in scoring with 22 points, she scored at opportune times to keep the team in the lead.
After the first quarter the Lady Indians had a slight 12-8 lead, but Kinsler scored all eight points in the second quarter giving Elsberry a 20-13 advantage at the halfway point. The second half of the game the Lady Indians went out and played hard, giving the team a 47-31 victory after outscoring the guests in the final two quarters.
The Indians split their two games of the week, falling on Wednesday night to the Union Wildcats, and taking a victory in double overtime by one point against the St. Louis Blue Knights.
Against the Blue Knights Elsberry trailed for more than three fourth of the game, but made a comeback in the final eight minutes to tie the game by the end of regulation.
Being 10 points down at halftime Coach Johnson gave the team a talk and some strategy for the second half of the game. At the end of the third quarter no ground was gained after the Indians still had a deficit of 10 points. The tide changed in the fourth quarter, doubling what the visitors were able to score, the game was tied at 59 all at the end of regulation.
The first overtime was fast paced and a blitz of scoring with each team putting up 11 points. At this point both teams were plagued with fouls which hurt the teams.
After the Blue Knights lost their two top scorers to fouls and Elsberry hit four of six free throws they won by a one point margin, 76-75.
Sophomore Kaden Kinsler claimed the outside scoring with his team high 33 points, while the inside play of sophomore Kyle Turnbull gave him 24 points in the game.
When asked about the game, Coach Caleb Johnson said, “This game was big for our process. Still missing three key guys, we played with a lot of heart down the stretch never giving up in regulation time or the two overtimes. We need to continue to improve as districts are getting closer.”