It was a night to remember as the Lady Indians broke out and defeated the Van-Far Lady Indians 64-18, on Monday, Dec. 16.
According to Elsberry Head Coach Hector Bencomo, they were only able to scout a little bit, as Van-Far is in a rebuild year after losing several senior players last season.
“We knew they weren’t returning a lot of their starters, so we didn’t have a lot to go on for this season,” explained Bencomo. “I knew we would have an upper hand, but I didn’t know to what extent.”
Bencomo said their plan was simple, run the ball and set plays to dominate the floor.
“Sometimes when you play a team like Van-Far, it’s better to run those kind of plays,” he said. “There were some plays we ran that were new. Now going forward we will need to tweak things a little bit, because every team is different.”
According to him, there were several pluses throughout the game. One plus, as he saw it, was that his girls are starting to better recognize the open man and finding the man deep down the court.
“We are getting better at being able to get our plays off before the defense can stop us,” said Bencomo. “It’s not were it needs to be, but it’s getting better and I think that is the most important thing. As long as we are moving forward, we’re improving.”
As far as the Elsberry defense is concerned, Bencomo said they’re still turning their back to the ball.
“It has to be a team effort,” said Bencomo. “Sometimes we got a little to eager and went to the same player, down low on the block and the post did not recognize she was being double or tripled team.”
Having said that, Bencomo said he was extremely proud of Elsberry Sophomore Maggie Spratt, who just returned from an injury. Spratt came in and in a short period was able to hit a three point and two point shot.
“She is able to read players really good, especially Tanner Bencomo,” he said. “She knows that Tanner can get her the ball and is able to get where she needs to be and run the play.”
Another key player and the night’s ISN Peoples Bank & Trust Player of the Game was Amanda Talbot. According to Bencomo, she is one of those players that no matter what will give a 110 percent.
“Sometimes she fumbles the ball, but she is going to give all she has,” said Bencomo. “With her, she is an ideal player, because what she doesn’t know she works hard to know and when she makes a mistake, she picks herself up and tries again.”
Up next for the Elsberry Lady Indians is on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Clopton. This will be their last game until Jan. 3 when they take on Wellsville in Elsberry.