Indians boys and girls dominate Sussex Academy on the courts

Date Published: 
Jan. 12, 2018

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Indian River High School’s boys’ basketball team dominated the Sea Hawks of Sussex Academy on Jan. 3, on SA’s home turf.

IR shooters got an early 8-0 run on the Sea Hawks with 6:35 minutes of play remaining in the first period. Sea Hawks shooters got on the board just as the clock ticked down to 6 minutes. At by the end of the first period, IR had built a very comfortable 16-point cushion, leading 29-13.

IR outshot the Sea Hawks 16-10 in the second eight minutes, for a commanding 45-23 halftime advantage. They returned to finish the job, outscoring the Sea Hawks 27-13 in the third period and 15-3 in the final period, making for a 87-39 victory. It was the Indians’ fourth straight win, for a 6-4 record thus far in the season.

“Now we’re four in a row, you know, and we won the tournament down in Salisbury, and we won here tonight,” beamed IR head coach B.J. Joseph after the victory. “We’re supposed to play Cape [Henlopen] Friday, and that would be a good test, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with the snow and all forecasted.” (That game was rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 25.)

“If not, we have Milford next week and Lake Forest — two Southern Division teams — so this is good, having four straight wins going into next week. We haven’t played Milford yet, so it is good having four wins going into next week.”

In addition to the varsity team’s win over SAS, IR’s JV team earned a 54-17 win over the Sea Hawks earlier that night.

The Indians were set to face 2-2 Milford on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home, and 5-1 Lake on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m., (after Coastal Point press time), also at home. They’ll take on Laurel on Jan. 18 at 5:45 p.m., at Laurel.

IR Girls Defeat SAS

The IR girls also shot down the Sea Hawks that night, on IR’s home court, where they defeated SAS 36-15. The teams were tied at 8 each after eight minutes of play, but IR quickly broke the tie and took over in the second period, outscoring the Sea Hawks 8-2 to take a 16-10 lead at the midpoint.

When they returned from halftime, the IR shooters had their best quarter of the night, outscoring SAS 13-5. With their defense keeping the Sea Hawks scoreless, IR bucketed 7 more points, to lead 36-15.

Senior guard Fabrea’ McCray led the Indians with 16 points. Senior center Julia Jordan pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds and had a trio of blocks. Senior Forward Braydee Whitman led with six blocks, and senior guard Kealey Allison contributed five points, six steals, four-assists and a pair of blocks. Senior guard Trayona Nock was also hot that night, with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The girls were also set to take on Milford on Jan. 9 and Lake on Jan. 11, but on those team’s home courts. The Lake game was set for 5:15 p.m. They’ll take on Laurel on Jan. 18, at 6:15 p.m., at home.