The annual Elsberry Middle School basketball tournament was held last week with the Lady Indians taking first place, while the Indians netted second place. The tournament was set up as pool play, meaning that the best record after two games advanced the teams to play for first, while the next best records played for third place.
To capture the top spot in the tournament Elsberry girls took victories over Winfield, Orchard Farm, and a close contest over Clopton for the first place trophy. Against Winfield the Lady Indians had an easy time coasting to a 22-11 win. In the second game against Orchard Farm the contest was a little tougher, but Elsberry managed a 29-23 win with some key free throws at the end of the game. The fans got their money’s worth in the title game with a great game in a close contest, but Elsberry squeaked out the victory by a score of 21-20.
The Elsberry boys team took their first two wins over Winfield and Orchard Farm also, but fell to Bowling Green in the championship contest. Against
Winfield the Indians cruised to a 42-23 victory. Their second contest wasn’t as easy, but managed a 38-33 win over the Eagles from Orchard Farm.
Elsberry’s game wasn’t on in the title game against the much taller Bowling Green Bobcats. The Indians lost 47-17, taking the second place trophy.
Eighth Grade Boys: (back row, l-r) Jacob Heitman, Ethan King, James Agustin, Duncan Whiteside, Kyle Turnbull, Jordan Kreuger, Evan Wilson and Mason Shipley. (Front row, l-r): Randy Freeborn, Dashaun Dodson, Kaden Kinsler, Bryce Irving, Gavin Reller and Josh Wolanski.
Eighth Grade Girls: (Back row, l-r) Coach Brittney Koch-Dowell, Audri Irving, Christine Wehmeyer, Alannah Tapley, Makenzie Gladney, Olivia Kinsler and Coach Susan Painter. (Middle row, l-r): Alexis Lammert, Heidi Moore and Marissa Lewis. (Front row, l-r): Candice Dowell, Neosha Henderson and Addyson Steele.