Having accumulated a 6-2 record playing down in Olney during the week, Neoga took its talents to the Effingham Shootout on Saturday for a three-game slate against area opponents. There, the Lady Indians kept their hot streak alive, beating CHBC, Teutopolis' 'B' team and North Clay to cap off an impressive 3-0 showing.
"I was definitely pleased," Neoga coach Kim Romack said. "I thought we came out ready to play. Our defensive intensity was increased a little bit, we're getting a little bit better on the offensive end."
Following the graduation of senior captains Stephanie Roderick and Kristin Deters, Neoga returns a solid nucleus of experienced players.That core was on display in the first game against CHBC where the Lady Indians picked up a 45-25 win over the Lady Hornets.
Rising junior Olivia Ott carried Neoga in the first half, scoring all 10 of her points before the break as the Lady Indians built a 23-12 halftime lead. Ott was on the receiving end of a number of possessions that featured multiple ball reversals, much to the delight of Romack.
"We're trying to work the ball a little bit and be patient," she said. "Look for our open shots. That's what we've spent our summer working on, trying to get out some of the problems we had last season."
It was to-be senior and returning captain Jillian Deters' turn in the second half. Deters battled in the low post for nine second-half points, closing with a game-high 12. Junior Madison Butler had eight points and sophomore-to-be E.C. Thies scored six to round out the four major contributors from a season ago.
"We kind of know what we have coming back with the four girls that started last year," Romack said. "This is kind of a chance to see who our fifth, sixth and seventh man is going to be, how girls are going to be able to help us out."