To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has had little effect on the Elsberry Basketball teams would be an understatement.
Last week during the 25th Annual Clopton Tournament, quarantine procedures took out starters for both the boys and girls basketball teams.
The boys team overcame the challenge and walked away with some hardware taking the Consolation Trophy with a win over Wright City.
The girls team had a little harder time during their third place game losing to the Winfield Lady Warriors.
Elsberry entered the tourney seeded seventh among the eight team field, but proved their worthiness by the end. Despite losing their first game to the second seeded Winfield Warriors 67-59, the Indians finished strong taking a win over the Mark Twain Tigers 47-39 and then beating Wright City for the trophy, 65-42.
Sophomore Kaden Kinsler was the standout for the team making the All-Tournament team not only for his 29 point performance in the final game and 33 points in the first two games, but his leadership on the team as the point guard. Also noted for their play during the final game was junior Eli Gladney scoring 20 points.
Carrying the team in the first two games with Kinsler, were his other sophomore classmates, Kyle Turnbull and Dashaun Dodson. Turnbull the big man took care of the inside, while Dodson was hot from behind the three point line.
When asked how proud he was of his team for not only their play in the tournament, but taking home hardware, Coach Caleb Johnson said, “Down a couple of starters our guys showed a lot of heart and had the next man up mentality. This is just a small step in our process, but a step in the right direction.”
Fourth seed was how the Elsberry girls entered the annual tournament and had their hands full for all three games.
Up first for the Lady Indians was the Silex Owls, and for the seventh time this season Elsberry went into overtime to finish the game on top, 48-38.
Next up for Elsberry was the first seeded Monroe City Panthers. At the time of the tournament, Monroe City girls were ranked first in the state among small schools. Their awesome play was clearly apparent in Elsberry second game as they fell 60-27.
This put the Lady Indians in the third place game against the Winfield Warriors. While the game was pretty evenly matched throughout the game Elsberry just couldn´t get over the hump to take the game, falling 43-35.