IR girls grab home basketball win

Date Published: 
Feb. 9, 2018

Photo by Susan Taylor-Walls: Junior center Julia Jordan, in addition to a career-high 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots.Photo by Susan Taylor-Walls: Junior center Julia Jordan, in addition to a career-high 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots.Delmar High School’s Wildcats lived up to their mascot’s nature last Friday night, Feb. 2, at Indian River High School’s gym. The Wildcats girls had their claws drawn and ready for the Indians, but IR’s varsity squad tamed them, 46-35.

With less than a minute to play of the first eight, both teams made free-throws, giving IR a slim 10-9 lead going into the second quarter. With less than a minute off the second-quarter clock Wildcats shooters quickly took a brief 11-10 lead.

Indians senior guard Fabrea’ McCray tied it from the line, and junior center Julia Jordan, who bucketed a career-high 22 points on the game, added two points to put IR back in the lead. Delmar out-shot the Indians 11-10 in the second period, for a 20-20 tie at halftime.

The back-and-forth battle continued until halfway through the third period, when IR nailed nine unanswered points. IR outshot the Wildcats 16-6 in the third period, to take a 36-26 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

IR had its third 10-point quarter of the game in the final period, including a buzzer-beater. Delmar dropped in nine to trail 46-35 at the end.

“I wanted to get the younger girls in the game. We had a lead, and so I felt we had a good enough cushion to let the younger girls get in there,” said IR head coach Donna Polk. “We had a little scare, but they maintained their composure and did what they had to do and got the job done.

“I’m proud of the girls — they played collectively together today as a team,” she added. “We did the things we worked on in practice, and they executed a little better today.”

In addition to her career-high 22 points, Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds and had 5 blocks. Kaylah Briddell chipped in 10 points and pulled down five rebounds.

At 6-10 after downing the Wildcats, the Indians girls took on Polytech at the Panthers’ home gym on Feb. 5, losing that game 43-29. They’re set to take on 7-7 Sussex Academy at the Seahawks’ home court on Friday, Feb. 9, followed by Milford High School in Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The IR girls will return to their home court Friday, Feb. 16, to make up a Jan. 9 game against Milford.