Elsberry Lady Indian Seniors Cara Marty, Bailey Zimmermann, Mellanee Sherrow, Myra Marty and Melissa Grasso.
It’s been a rough first season for the Elsberry Lady Indians, as it comes to an end.
The Lady Indians met for the last time this season on Monday, May 13, as they took on the Canton Lady Tigers in game one of Districts and loss 3-0.
“As a team, Districts went very well,” said Head Coach Kelly Cullen. “We have improved so much as a team and compared to our first game we didn’t even look like the same team.”
Although the Lady Indians remained scoreless for the season, Cullen went on to say Canton was possibly the best matched team for them.
“I would say the biggest highlight from the game was watching our passing and how much it has improved over the season,” said Cullen. “I would like to thank the seniors for sticking through this season and thank them for helping get the team established.”
However, as five seniors leave – Bailey Zimmermann, Cara and Myra Marty, Melissa Grasso and Mellanee Sherrow, Cullen went on to mention she has applied for her masters degree and if accepted into the program she will not be coaching next year.
“If I do not get accepted I will be coaching though,” said Cullen. “If I coach I will start the season earlier with conditioning practice to make sure the girls are in super good shape.”
According to Cullen, the biggest hurdle this season was weather and playing against teams that have been established and seasoned.
“It is hard for me to pick one person who helped me out this season since all of the girls have improved so much,” said
Elsberry Lady Indian Seniors Bailey Zimmermann and Melissa Grasso were two of the key players for the Lady Indians this season. Zimmermann for her leadership and knowledge and Grasso for her athleticism.
Cullen. “Each one helped me out in a different way, whether it was their spunky personality to brighten up the team or a good play on the field.”
Their loss against Canton was the lowest scoring game of their season and according to Cullen a lot of that had to do with firsts.
“First year team, first year coach, first year everything when it comes to this team,” said Cullen. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but I think the greatest thing we learned throughout this season is what it takes to grow and work as a team.”
Going forward, Cullen said whether she is coaching next year or not, she wants the future players to know practice and team commitment is what wins games and she hopes this season showed that lesson.
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