Lady Indians best Lady Panthers 49-32Published 11:14am Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Wetumpka Lady Indians (3-0) outscored the Elmore County Lady Panthers (0-2) 23-7 in the second half en route to a 49-32 victory at Elmore County Thursday night.
Up only five points at the half 26-21 and playing without either one of his usual post starters, Wetumpka head coach Ed Rogers knew someone was going to need to step up in their absence to defeat the Lady Panthers.
“I knew that Elmore County has been improving over the last couple of years,” said Rogers. “Without my big girls–I have one that has some undisclosed issues and one that had twisted her ankle in the last ballgame–having those two starters out hurt us tonight. We found someone else to step up and take that slack and they did in the second half.”
With recent Alabama State University signee Adrianne Armstrong in early foul trouble, that person was junior forward Alaysha Clark who scored 14 points to led all scorers, seven of which coming in the second half.
“That’s something we expect Alaysha to do every night,” Rogers said. “Adrianne got in early foul trouble in the first half and we sat her for a long time. Once everybody got back on track, I think we went ahead and put them away. But I think for the most part, the paint killed us not having our big girls there.”
Elmore County stayed within arms reach in the first half thanks to Abbey Estus’s hot hand. The shooting guard shot three-of-five from behind the arc, and tallied all of her 13 points in the opening half.
“Abbey had the hot hand in the first half and was able to hit some big shots that kept us in the game,” ECHS head coach Amy Rachel said. “The first half we were able to get her the ball and she had some great open looks. The second half, we hurt ourselves with turnovers and put ourselves in a difficult position to stay in the game.”
Both teams struggled with turnovers the whole game. The Lady Indians proved to the difference, holding Estus scoreless in the third and fourth period. But Elmore County’s Elissa Brown found success in the final quarter, recording six of her 11 points. Brown added seven steals on the night.
With a break for the Thanksgiving in their schedule, Rachel said she saw strengths in her team.
“Overall, even though we lost, it was a great game for us to gain experience early in the season,” she said. “We were able to see strengths that we are going to build on and weaknesses that we are going to fix. All of these early games are in preparation for the area games beginning when we return from the break.”