Girls' Hoop Recap
Delaware State Tournament
Concord 30, Indian River 29
The Indians' season ended at 15-8 overall with the heart-breaking first round loss in the Delaware state tournament.
Seeded 14th, the Indians stormed back from a 28-19 deficit entering the fourth quarter as they held No. 19 Concord to just 6 second-half points, including just 2 in the fourth period.
IR stiffened up its defense in the second half as it allowed Concord just six second half points.
But after center Emily Lyons hit a basket with 2:14 left to pull the Indians within 30-29 and forward Dayna Elliott sank a foul shot with 1:39 left to make it 30-29, the Indians couldn't score again.
Two of the Indians' shots in the last minute were blocked by Concord's Brittany Ford, who finished with 11 points and 9 blocked shots.
Guard Ashley Taylor and forward Brittany Croll led the Indians with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Concord, the Blue Hen Flight B champion, advances to a matchup at No. 3 Sanford on Friday, March 1.
Indian River 38, Smyrna 29
Photo: IR head coach Steve Persolio
The Indians clinched a state tournament berth with the win in the showdown for second place in the Henlopen Conference's Southern Division.
In winning their fifth straight game, the Indians concluded their regular season at 13-6 in the conference and 15-7 overall to finish two games ahead of Smyrna in the division.
The top two teams in the South get automatic state tournament berths. Seaford had already won the championship for the South's other state tourney spot.
Leading scorer Natalie Parsons once again paced the Indians with 14 points. She was assisted by forward Brittany Croll, who added 11 points.
The win avenged a 53-44 loss to Smyrna earlier in the season.
Indian River 42, Delmar 16
Photo: IR's Dayna Elliott
The Indians put together one of their best defensive efforts of the season to move a game ahead of Smyrna for second place in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division.
The top two teams in the South earn automatic state tournament berths. Indian River meets Smyrna, which lost to South champion Seaford in another game Tuesday night, on Thursday, Feb. 21, to decide who finishes second.
Against Delmar, the Indians raced to a 22-12 halftime lead and put the game away in the third quarter with a 14-2 edge. The Indians held Delmar to just two points again in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, Dayna Elliott scored 12 points to pick up the slack for leading scorer Natalie Parsons, who had an off night with only three points.
Guards Ashley Taylor and Ravin Robinson contributed 8 points apiece for the Indians, who are 12-6 in the conference and 14-7 overall with their fourth win in a row.
Indian River 56, Laurel 51
Photo: Senior forward Brittany Croll
The Indians moved into a tie with Smyrna for the Henlopen Conference Southern Division's second state tournament berth with the victory.
Natalie Parsons and Brittany Croll led the way with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Ashley Taylor and Dayna Elliott contributed 9 points apiece and Emily Lyons added 8 more.
In rising to 11-6 in the conference and 13-7 overall, the Indians forced a tie with Smyrna for the state tournament spot. The two teams face off on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Against Laurel, the Indians took a 32-21 halftime lead with a 17-5 edge in the second quarter and held on in the second half for their third straight victory.
Indian River 52, Dover 50
Photo: Senior guard Natalie Parsons
The Indians won the Henlopen Conference nail-biter on a jump shot by Natalie Parsons with just 8.8 seconds left.
Parsons' shot put IR up 51-50, but the Indians' leading scorer then fouled out with 1.1 seconds left to put Dover's Alicia Cornish on the line for a one-and-one.
Cornish missed the front end, though, and Dayna Elliott added the Indians' last point on a free throw.
Parsons sparked the Indians throughout the contest as she finished with 21 points. Forward Brittany Croll added 15 points and hit three important free throws to keep the Indians within striking distance.
Center Emily Lyons added 7 more points as IR rose to 10-6 in the conference and 12-7 overall to remain one game behind Smyrna for second place in the Southern Division. The top two teams in the South get automatic berths in the state tournament.
Indian River 62, Woodbridge 17
Photo: IR guard Ravin Robinson
The Indians outscored Woodbridge 36-4 in the first half as they rose to 10-6 in the Henlopen Conference and 11-7 overall.
Freshman point guard Ravin Robinson sparked the victory with a career-high 15 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the Indians.
Also in double figures were Emily Lyons with 13 points, Dayna Elliott with 12 points, and Natalie Parsons with 11 points. Brittany Croll added 9.
Seaford 57, Indian River 33
The Indians were officially eliminated from the Henlopen Conference Southern Division race by the division leaders. IR dropped to 9-6 in the conference and 10-7 overall as they were outscored by Seaford 23-5 in the third quarter. Dayna Elliott led Indian River with 11 points. Brittany Croll added 9.
Indian River 42,
Lake Forest 23
Photo: Guard Ashley Taylor
The Indians rolled to an easy Henlopen Conference win to rise to 9-5 in the conference and 10-6 overall.
Natalie Parsons' 19 points sparked the Indians. Ashley Taylor contributed 10 points for the Indians.
The Indians bloted to a 22-10 halftime lead and never let up.
IR hosts Henlopen South leader Seaford on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Indians must win the game to avoid elimination in the Henlopen South race.
Caesar Rodney 77, Indian River 47
The Indians saw their three-game winning streak snapped by one of the Henlopen Conference Northern Division's top teams. Indian River trailed 44-20 at halftime. Natalie Parsons led the Indians with 18 points. Brittany Croll and Ravin Robinson posted 9 points apiece. The loss dropped IR to 8-5 in the conference and 9-6 overall.
Indian River 60, Sussex Central 26
In rolling to their third consecutive victory, the Indians jumped on their district rivals early in the Henlopen Conference contest.
IR went ahead 16-4 in the first quarter and followed that up with a 19-2 advantage over Sussex Central in the second period.
Natalie Parsons sparked the Indians with 16 points. Dayna Elliott and Brittany Croll added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Indian River is now 8-4 in the conference and 9-5 overall.
Indian River 55, Sussex Tech 34
Natalie Parsons poured in 22 points to lead the Indians' convincing Henlopen Conference win.
IR took control of the game in the second quarter, when it outscored Sussex Tech 12-4 to go ahead 25-12 at halftime.
Brittany Croll added 10 points for the Indians, while Dayna Elliott and Emily Lyons put in 8 points apiece.
IR, with its second straight win, is now 7-4 in the conference and 8-5 overall.
Indian River 54, Stephen Decatur (Md.) 43
Guard Natalie Parsons and power forward Brittany Croll led the Indians to the nonconference victory and the Mason-Dixon Classic championship. Parsons and Croll scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. IR turned control of the game in the third quarter after leading 24-23 at halftime. In snapping a two-game losing streak, IR rose to 6-4 in the conference and 7-5 overall.
Cape Henlopen 61, Indian River 54
The Indians started fast but couldn't hold on down the stretch in the Henlopen Conference defeat. IR jumped out to a 14-3 lead over Cape Henlopen after one quarter but trailed by one by halftime. The teams were tied 44-44 entering the fourth quarter before Cape took command. Brittany Croll paced the Indians with 15 points, while Natalie Parsons and Emily Lyons added 14 points apiece. The loss dropped the Indians to 5-4 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
Polytech 55, Indian River 40
The Indians succumbed to the Henlopen Conference Northern Division leaders. Brittany Croll led the Indians with 10 points. Polytech remained unbeaten in the conference. The loss dropped IR to 5-3 in the conference and 6-4 overall.
Indian River 36, Delmar 28
Natalie Parsons led the Indians on the offensive and defensive ends with 13 points and 8 steals in the important Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.
The Indians started strong with a 10-5 advantage in the first period and then took control with an 11-6 edge over Delmar in the third period.
Emily Lyons scored 8 points and Brittany Croll 7 points for the Indians, who rose to 5-2 in the conference and 6-3 overall.
Indian River 62, Milford 36
Photo: Guard Natalie Parsons
The Indians roared to a big halftime lead in the Henlopen Conference matchup.
IR outscored Milford 28-6 in the first period and led Milford 40-14 by halftime.
Natalie Parsons sparked the Indians with 24 points. Brittany Croll added 17 points and 4 assists and Dayna Elliott contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds.
"Intensity on defense caused numerous turnovers leading to transition baskets," said IR head coach Steve Persolio. "It was a team effort by IR and everyone on the roster played and contributed."
The Indians are now 4-2 in the conference and 5-3 overall.
Smyrna 53, Indian River 44
The Indians fell behind in the second quarter and were unable to catch up in the Henlopen Conference contest. Natalie Parsons led IR with 16 points while Emily Lyons and Brittany Croll contributed 8 points apiece.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001
Indian River 60, Sussex Central 19
Photo: Center Emily Lyons
The Indians won the consolation game of the Maryland tourney behind seniors Natalie Parsons and Emily Lyons.
Parsons scored a game-high 19 points and Lyons contributed 14 as IR rose to 4-2 overall.
Indian River took a 31-15 halftime lead, extended it to 43-17 after three quarters, and finished Sussex Central off with a 17-2 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Ashley Taylor and Dayna Elliott added 10 and 8 points, respectively, while Brittany Croll sparked IR on the boards with 10 rebounds. Point guard Ravin Robinson and Croll dished out 5 and 4 assists, respectively.
"Strong defense and good rebounding led to the victory," said Indian head coach Steve Persolio.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2001
Damascus (Md.) 66, Indian River 34
The Indians lost their chance to defend their 2000 Mardela championship with the loss to the highly ranked and unbeaten Maryland Class 4A Hornets.
Damascus put the game away early with a 25-6 advantage in the first period on the way to a 25-point halftime lead.
Damascus eventually won the tournament with a 73-48 victory over host Mardela in the championship game to rise to 7-0 overall.
The loss dropped Indian River to 3-2 overall.
Indian River 58, Laurel 45
Senior guard Natalie Parsons erupted for 23 points for the second consecutive game to spark the Indians' Henlopen Conference Southern Division triumph.
In rising to 3-1 in the conference and overall, the Indians outscored Laurel 31-18 in the first half.
Aiding Parsons were senior forward Brittany Croll and forward Dayna Elliott with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Freshman point guard Ravin Robinson dished out 5 assists, while senior center Emily Lyons pulled down 6 rebounds.
"It was a hard-fought, physical game," said Indian River head coach Steve Persolio.
After falling behind at halftime, Laurel pulled to within 9 points in the fourth quarter but the Indians hit four shots down the stretch to preserve the victory.
Indian River 57, Woodbridge 7
Photo: IR guard Ravin Robinson
Senior guard Natalie Parsons scored 23 points to spark the Indians' 50-point Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.
In improving to 2-1 in the conference and overall, the Indians outscored Woodbridge 17-2 in the first period and 19-0 in the second period.
Senioir power forward Brittany Croll and guard Ravin Robinson aided Parsons with 15 and 8 points, respectively, in a game in which eight Indians scored.
Dayna Elliott led IR with 6 rebounds and center Emily Lyons dished out 5 assists.
"Pressure defense and transition baskets helped us beat Woodbridge," said Indian coach Steve Persolio. "It was a team effort."
Seaford 69, Indian River 35
The Indians suffered their first setback of the season as they were outscored 20-4 in the first quarter and 34-8 in the first half by the defending Henlopen Conference champion Blue Jays. Now 1-1 in the conference and overall, the Indians were led by forward Brittany Croll's 11 points and center Emily Lyons' 10 points. Dayna Elliott chipped in with 9 points.
Indian River 65, Lake Forest 37
The Indians roared out of the starting gate behind Brittany Croll and Emily Lyons in their Henlopen Conference and season-opener.
Croll, a senior power forward, scored 25 points to lead IR, which blew the game open with a 22-7 edge in the second period and an 18-4 advantage in the third quarter.
Lyons, a senior center, added 18 more points and Natalie Parsons, a guard, contributed 10 points.
Parsons and forward Dayna Elliott led the Indians on the boards with five rebounds apiece while point guard Ravin Robinson dished out five assists.
"Pressure defense helped us create numerous turnovers," said Indian head coach Steve Persolio. "The win was a team effort."
Leading Lake Forest was Neshia Giddens with 20 points.
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