The Elsberry Lady Indians emerged from their Christmas break on fire as they defeated the Wellsville Lady Tigers 73-37 on Friday, Jan. 3.
“It was a good win,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo. “We changed some of the kids to different positions during the break and hadn’t had much time to practice our new style so we really needed that game.”
Elsberry established their dominance early in the game, outscoring Wellsville 23-12 in the first quarter and 17-5 in the second.
Scoring evened out in the third quarter at 14 points apiece, but Elsberry came back to outscore the Lady Tigers 19-6 in the fourth.
“We pushed the ball and I let them run whatever plays they called,” said Bencomo. “When they slowed down, that was when I got on to them. The only advice I gave was to push the ball and keep a fast tempo.”
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Brittni Hagemeier and Amanda Jo Talbot, who each had 13 points.
Unfortunately, Hagemeier was forced to leave the game early due to an ankle injury.
“We have the personnel to play a few games without her, provided those games are against certain teams,” said Bencomo.
Bencomo said he believes that being forced to play without Hagemeier makes the team stronger as a whole.
“That way, when Brittni finally comes back the team plays even better than they did before,” said Bencomo.
That said, Bencomo doesn’t expect Hagemeier to be sidelined for long.
In addition to Hagemeier and Talbot, Tanner Bencomo and Olivia Brown each contributed 12 points, and Kate Boedeker wasn’t far behind with 11 points of her own.
Brittany King, Maggie Spratt and Hannah Arne all came off the bench to contribute as well.
King scored six points during the game, while Spratt and Arne stayed close on her heels with Spratt putting up two points and Arne four.
“Maggie is going to be a key part of this new type of offense,” said Coach Bencomo. “Once she gets in a good rhythm it will be fun to watch, but it’s going to be different for her.”
Tanner Bencomo was the ISN Peoples Bank & Trust Player of the Game.
In addition to her 12 points, Bencomo also chipped in four rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Although Coach Bencomo was pleased with the win, he said it illustrated just how much work was still needed to perfect the team’s offense.
“We’re not in the kind of shape we need to be in to run that type of offense from start to finish,” said Bencomo. “If we want to continue to play this type of game then we have to get in better shape as a team.”
The Lady Indians are scheduled to play in the Clopton Invitational Tournament tonight at 4 p.m.
Due to the weather, fans are asked to please check The Elsberry Democrat’s website and Facebook page frequently in order to keep up with changes to this week’s basketball schedule.