Although both Patriot varsity teams dropped contests at Vance on Tuesday night, both coaches are optimistic as they head into conference play Friday night.

The Indy boys were trailing by 21 at halftime, but a third quarter rally cut the Vance lead to single digits.  Head Coach Preston Davis said he made a challenge to his players during the intermission.

“I told them they weren’t playing with enough energy, and they were playing weak.  I really had no fight out of them.  I told them they needed to step up and show some fight.”

Davis sees some aspects of the game that the Patriots need to improve.

“We can’t give teams more opportunities than they already get.  We definitely have to work on taking better care of the basketball and avoiding turnovers.”

Boys: Vance 76 Independence 54

Girls: Vance 38 Independence 33

Independence’s boys lost to Vance 76-54, making their record 1-3.  Ramon Bing was the high scorer with 20 points.

The Patriots’ girls lost a nail-biter to the Cougars 38-33.  La’quisha Taylor was the game high scorer with 20 points.

Indy’s team had a five-point lead at halftime, but they could not contain Vance’s fast break opportunities in the second half.

Head Coach Natalie Davis is pleased with the progress the girls are making as a unit.

“We’re such a young and new team, but the girls are starting to gel as a team.  They’re starting to understand each other.  They’ve picked up some intensity on defense.  They’re starting to trust the program.”

Both Independence varsity basketball teams host East Meck Friday night.