Warriors basketball split against Indian River

Published 6:31 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Lady Warriors got a win against the Braves Friday night, while the boys fell in a close game.

The Lady Warriors improve to 4-0 on the season after they defeated Indian River 71-53. They were led by Tashira Burch, who scored 19 points for the Lady Warriors.

However, the Warriors fell 68-62 to Indian River at home. The loss puts the Warriors at 1-4 on the season. They were unable to take care of the ball Friday night, as they had 30 turnovers as a team. At one point, the game looked winnable for the Warriors, as they had as high as a seven-point lead against the Braves.


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Both teams had a problem controlling their possessions. After the first quarter, the Warriors were down 20-13. In the second quarter, the Warriors outscored the Braves 18-13 and went into halftime down 33-31.

“I felt pretty confident at halftime,” Warriors coach Ed Young said. “We were turning the ball over, but they were as well. We had missed a couple of layups. We just needed to execute better. I was optimistic.”

In the third quarter, the Warriors continued to outscore Indian River. Nansemond River went up as much as 37-30, and for the next four minutes of the game Indian River went on a run, and both teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 44.

The fourth quarter proved to go the Braves’ way. Indian River put up 24 points in the quarter and never looked back. Gerard Stringer had a career-high 18 points for Nansemond River Friday night and also added eight rebounds. Sophomore Jeremiah Lewis had a double-double off of the bench, scoring 16 points and adding 11 rebounds.

Next for Nansemond River is Western Branch High School. The boys’ team will quickly put the loss behind them and get ready for next Tuesday.

“We have to go into these next few games with a focused mindset on what we need to do as a team,” the Warriors’ Nate Foster said. “We have to buckle down mentally and get the job done.”

“We have to completely forget about what happened Friday and prepare for Western Branch,” the Warriors’ Josh Hale said. “They will give us enough to worry about.”

Nansemond River will play Western Branch on Tuesday. The boys will be at Western Branch, while the Lady Warriors will play at home. Both games will start at 7:15 p.m.