The Elsberry High School Varsity Basketball girls and boys hosted their season opener on Saturday evening against the Winfield Warriors in the Hwy. 79 Showdown.
While the Lady Indians walked away with a 47-16 victory, the Indians took their first loss of the season, 59-45.
In the girls game Elsberry hit the hardwood running, literally, generating 14 points and allowing the visitors to only score one basket in the first quarter. The second quarter saw many substitutions for the home team, but that didn’t affect the pace of the game, as the girls scored another 15 points to take a commanding 29-8 halftime lead.
The second half of the game was much the same as the first with the Lady Indians continuing to outscore their opponent.
High scorer for Elsberry was Tyra Henderson with 16 points.
Coach Kari Koch-Dowell had this to say about the game, “With the season just beginning it was great to see how everyone was ready for the season. The juniors have done a great job of leading the team up to this point and getting the underclassman prepared for the season.”
The second game proved to be more of a contest, although the Indians came out on the short end.
Elsberry kicked off the game in slow motion, only scoring one three point bucket in the first quarter and going three for eight from the charity strip.
Winfield doubled the Indians tally taking a 12-6 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was much better as they outscored their opponents by three points; trailing by only three points at halftime, 24-21.
After halftime the Indians came out slow again finding themselves down by 43-30 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter the Indians narrowed Winfield’s lead to six points at one point, but couldn’t get any closer.
High scorer for the Indians was Kaden Kinsler with nine points.
Both teams will be at home tonight to host Warrenton with the girls game beginning at 5:30 p.m.