This year’s opponent for the Elsberry High School annual Homecoming games was the Thunderbirds from North Callaway. Elsberry teams walked away with a split, as the Lady Indians took a 33-23 victory, but the Indians fell 81-59.
Elsberry’s girls basketball team has had trouble lately in the first half of the game, and it was no exception against North Callaway.
After the first eight minutes the teams played pretty even, but the second quarter was disastrous for the Lady Indians only making two baskets.
The Lady Thunderbirds took advantage of the lack of scoring and tallied 12 points for their team, giving them a 20-11 halftime lead.
The second half of the game was the complete opposite for Elsberry as they took control and played a great half on both sides of the ball.
The Lady Indians scored 21 points in the second half and held the Lady Thunderbirds to just three points in the 16 minutes of play.
The scoring came across the board for Elsberry with six players scoring points.
The Elsberry boys team seemed to be taking after the girls having a hard time getting started on the hardwood, only scoring eight points in the first quarter to 28 by the visiting Thunderbirds.
The second quarter was a complete 180, hitting the boards hard and putting up 22 points, the Indians found themselves down by just eight points at halftime, 39-31.
In the second half the Indians were just no match for North Callaway as they pulled away in the scoring column and took a commanding lead, 64-31 after just three quarters.
Elsberry knew this would definitely be a rebuilding year, as the sophomores have stepped up to get varsity time.
Scoring in double figures, and all sophomores, were Kaden Kinsler, 20, Bryce Irving, 11, and Dashaun Dodson, 10.