Sandwich is way ahead of schedule.
The Indians surpassed last year’s win total – and remained unbeaten in the Interstate Eight Conference in the process – by pulling out a 38-37 win at Seneca on Dec. 14.
Ezbeydy Rivera scored 10 points, Sarah Ness added nine and Brookelyn Johnson had six for Sandwich (7-4, 6-0), which won despite shooting just 10-for-27 at the free-throw line.
“It wasn’t always the prettiest sight, but at the end the scoreboard made it worthwhile,” Sandwich coach Chris Johnson said. “We can only go up from here.”
Johnson is impressed in particular with his team’s defense. Sandwich led 14-13 at halftime and 27-20 through three quarters, and weathered 12 Seneca free throws in the fourth quarter.
“When we are flying around and diving for loose balls, I know we will shut people down,” Johnson said. “We have struggled against teams with good guards, and [against Seneca] we did not let anyone get to double figures on us. We still struggled with our fouls and learning what we can not do or get away with.”
Jaylynn Vana added five points and Maddie Dawson had four for the Indians. Sandwich’s JV team also won to improve to 5-0 in conference.
Sandwich’s varsity lost to Rosary 44-34 on Monday. Rosary led 12-7 after a quarter and 22-18 at half, eventually extending its lead to 16 points until Sandwich (7-5) to close within six.
Vana scored 19 points and Rivera added eight for the Indians.
“Jaylynn Vana had a huge night and played her best offensive game of the year. She drove hard to the hole and many times brought the ball up in transition,” Johnson said. “As I’ve said many times, any player on the team can lead us in any category.”
The Indians return to action Thursday at Ottawa Marquette, where they play Deer Creek and Marquette in a shootout.