Lady Indians roll to victory at Berea
Friday night two teams in need of a victory matched up in Berea. The Lady Indians (2-5) have scored over forty points only once before Friday night. Berea (2-3) opened the season with back to back wins but entered the game with back to back losses. The Lady Pirates put out a team with eight middle school players to go along with four freshmen. The Indians have arguably the top player in the 44th district in Bailey Vanover, a senior, but after her the rest of the team hasn’t had much varsity experience. Berea has one of the top 8th graders in Matilyn Stepp, who played in 29 varsity games last season and averaged eight points a game as a 7th grader.
The opening quarter opened with both teams trading baskets early until the Indians went on a 12-5 run to end the quarter. It was obvious early on that the Lady Indians coaching staff wanted to get the ball out of Stepp’s hands and make the other players shoot it. Stepp was one of four in the quarter with her only basket on a three to end the frame. To make matter’s worse for the Lady Pirates Stepp had two fouls in the quarter.
The second quarter the Indians went on 17-2 run forcing ten turnovers in the second quarter to take a commanding lead at the half 33-12. Vanover led the way with 15 points at halftime. The second half Berea opened on a five point run forcing coach Cooksey to take a timeout but that is as close as the Pirates could get.
At one point in the fourth quarter Berea had two 7th graders, an 8th grader, a freshman, and a sophomore on the floor. The Lady Indians turned up their defense forcing Berea into 34 for the game and scoring 36 points off those turnovers, they knocked down ten three pointers in the contest. The Indians were led in scoring by Vanover with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 steals, and 7 assists and she blocked 2 shots. Taleya Todd also tallied 17 points to go along with 4 steals and 4 assists. Blaze Pacheco had 9 points, Madison Bernard with 6 points, Je’Kauri McKeithen 5 points, Kelsey Powell 4 points, Gabby Duerson 3 points,Lacie Parks 3 points, and Eliza Minter 2 points.
The Lady Pirates were led by Adrienne Beggs with 9 points 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, Alexis Newman 4 points, Chesney Lovins 4 points, Matilyn Stepp 3 points, Melissa Gosney 3 points, Emily Maynard 3 points, and Hannah Lewis 1 point.