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2000-2001 Game-by-Games

First Round State Tournament
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001
Tower Hill 42, Indian River 32

The Indians were eliminated from the state tournament by the 13th-seeded Hillers in a first round game at Polytech.

Indian River, the 20th seed, was led by Natalie Parsons' 16 points and Dayna Elliott's 7 points. They concluded their season with a 12-11 overall record.

Tower Hill moves on to a second round game against defending state champion St. Mark's at A.I. DuPont on March 2.

The Indians fell behind 28-15 at halftime but cut the Hillers' lead to four points, at 32-28, after switching to a man-to-man from a zone in the third period.

The Hillers, though, outscored IR 8-2 with 8 straight free throws to bump the lead back up to 10 points.

Tower Hill was led by 16 points from Jill Hocutt and 11 from Kelly Hocutt.

Indian River's Natalie Parsons
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001
Indian River 45, Delmar 38

Photo: Indian River's Natalie Parsons

The Indians closed the regular season with an important victory in their bid to qualify for the state tournament.

The victory finished IR's regular season at 12-10 overall. They went 10-9 in the conference. IR now awaits word on whether it will be accepted into the 24-team state tourney, which begins Feb. 28.

Natalie Parsons and Brittany Croll sparked the win over Delmar with 13 points apiece.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001
Indian River 37, Dover 31

The Indians rose to 11-9 with an important win in their bid for a state tournament berth. Brittany Croll scored a game-high 15 points and was assisted by Natalie Parsons, who pumped in 12 points. IR trailed 22-20 at halftime but scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001
Seaford 60, Indian River 27

The Indians lost the game in the second quarter when they were outscored by the Blue Jays, 23-2, in the second period. Brittany Croll scored 19 points for IR, which has lost to Seaford twice this season. Indian River fell to 7-8 in the division and 9-8 overall.

Indian River's Brittany Croll
Friday, Feb. 2, 2001
Indian River 54, Lake Forest 27

Photo: Indian River's Brittany Croll

Indian River rolled to the Henlopen South victory behind the career-high 30-point offensive explosion by forward Brittany Croll.

In rising to 7-7 in the South and 9-8 overall, the Indians took a 27-17 halftime lead and put the game out of reach with a 10-2 advantage in the third period.

Croll scored her points on 12 field goals and 6 of 11 foul shooting. Emily Lyons and Natalie Parsons contributed 8 and 6 points, respectively.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001
Sussex Central 42, Indian River 34

The Indians suffered a loss to their district rivals. Brittany Croll led IR with 13 points.

Indian River's Emily Lyons
Friday, Jan. 19, 2001
Cape Henlopen 52,
Indian River 50 (OT)

Photo: Indian River's Emily Lyons

The Indians came up just short in the loss to the rival Vikings.

Cape won the game on a pair of free throws by Toni Jones with seven seconds remaining in the extra period.

Emily Lyons led Indian River with 20 points. Natalie Parsons and Brittany Croll contributed 12 points apiece.

IR led by three points late in regulation but a three-pointer by Cape with 30 seconds left forced the extra period.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001
Polytech 49, Indian River 30

The Indians fell behind 27-12 at halftime and never recovered in falling to 6-3 in the Southern Division and 8-4 overall. Dayna Elliott was the only Indian in double figures against the 10th-ranked Panthers with 11 points. Polytech rose to 9-2 overall.

Indian River's Crystal Bell
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001
Indian River 40, Milford 35

Photo: Indian River's Crystal Bell

The Indians outscored Milford 16-6 in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Natalie Parsons and Crystal Bell sparked the victory with 11 points apiece.

Indian River is now 6-2 in the South and 8-3 overall.

The Indians remain a game behind Seaford in the South standings.

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001
Indian River 30, Delmar 22

The Indians suffered a major blow to their chances for repeating as Henlopen South champions. At 5-2 in the division and 7-3 overall, IR fell 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Seaford. Natalie Parsons, with 16 points, was the only Indian in double figures. Indian River was outscored 17-2 in the first quarter and couldn't catch up.

Indian River's Dayna Elliott
Friday, Jan. 5, 2001
Indian River 30, Delmar 22

Photo: Indian River's Dayna Elliott

The Indians shut Delmar out in the fourth quarter while scoring eight points themselves to record the Henlopen South victory.

Dayna Elliott sparked the win with 12 points and four steals. She shot 6 of 6 from the foul line.

Natalie Parsons added 7 points for Indian River, which rose to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the division.

Indian River's Brittany Croll
Friday, Dec. 29, 2000
Indian River 58,
North Caroline (Md.) 36

Photo: Indian River's Brittany Croll

The Indians captured the championship of the annual Mardela (Md.) Tournament behind Brittany Croll's team-high 21 points.

Dayna Elliott added 12 more points in the title game.

With the win, Indian River rose to 6-2 overall.

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000
Indian River 53, Mardela (Md.) 44

The Indians rose to 5-2 overall and reached the championship game of the annual Mardela Tournament with the nonconference win. Emily Lyons and Natalie Parsons scored 14 points apiece to spark the Indians. Brittany Croll scored 13 more points for Indian River, which led 25-18 at halftime.

Indian River's Natalie Parsons
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000
Indian River 39, Laurel 36

Photo: Indian River's Natalie Parsons

The Indians nearly blew a 16-point second half lead but held on to remain on the heels of Henlopen South leader Seaford.

Natalie Parsons led the Indians in scoring for the second straight game with 14 points. She was 6-for-6 from the foul line.

Brittany Croll added 13 points for IR, which rose to 4-1 in the division and 4-2 overall.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2000
Indian River 68, Woodbridge 15

The Indians rebounded from their loss to Seaford with a resounding win over winless Woodbridge. Natalie Parsons scored 19 points and Emily Lyons added 14 more as the Indians rose to 3-1 in the Henlopen South and overall to remain a game behind Seaford in the division standings. Ashley Taylor added 9 points for the Indians, while Brittany Croll and Dayna Elliott added 8 points apiece.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000
Seaford 45, Indian River 20

For details on the Indians' Henlopen South loss to Seaford, click on the score above.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000
Indian River 34, Lake Forest 23

The Indians remained unbeaten in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division behind Brittany Croll's game-high 15 points. The Indians, the defending division champions, are now 2-0 in the South and 2-0 overall.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000
Indian River 30, Smyrna 26

The Indians began the defense of their Henlopen Conference Southern Division crown with the season-opening victory. Dayna Elliott scored 10 points and Brittany Croll 9 more to spark I.R. The Indians, who scored only 4 points in the first quarter, led by one point entering the final period.

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