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Indians hold off surging Wildcats for six point victory

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:02 am

The Elsberry Varsity Indians take a 4-4 record into the Holiday break (results of the Van-Far game Tuesday night not known as of press time). Come January the team will hit the court running with two to three games scheduled a week, including two tournaments.

Last Friday Elsberry hosted the Wright City Wildcats in an evenly matched contest.

The Indians jumped on the board quickly and took a three point lead, 15-12, at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Indians played sound defense as the held the visitors to just one point in the second quarter, while they scored 10 points, taking a commanding 25-13 lead at halftime.

The second half proved to be a little more challenging for both teams. In the third quarter both teams battled to each put up 11 points on the scoreboard, but the Indians still held a 12 point lead going into the final eight minutes of the game.

The momentum of the game changed in the fourth quarter as Elsberry could only muster up two field goals and the Wildcats came to life with three, three-point baskets. A technical on the visiting coach also helped in the momentum swing. The Indians were outscored 15-9 in the final quarter, but still managed a 45-39 victory.

Leading the offensive way in double figures was Garik Hill with 16 points.

Elsberry’s first games after the New Year will come in the annual Clopton Tournament.