In looking at the scoring results for some area teams, Van-Far head coach Sarah Asbury knew a game last Tuesday night with Montgomery County offered her Lady Indians a chance to break into the win column.
Her team has recently been getting better in practice and the home court looked promising for Van-Far.
Unfortunately, 25 turnovers and good movement by the Lady Wildcats’ offense led to a 44-26 loss.
“The game did not lead us to the win we were hoping for however, I saw a lot of improvement from our last two games,” Asbury said. “The girls have stepped it up in practice and I am looking forward to Christmas break so we can put a lot of hard work in and get better.”
With 2:59 left in the first quarter, Van-Far trailed by just two points before Montgomery County extended the lead to seven heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Indians rallied in the second quarter as Ciara Craven nailed a 3-pointer and Breanna Strange scored a basket during a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 12-10.
Montgomery County responded with a 6-0 run to enter halftime up 18-12. Van-Far made 5-of-14 shots from the field while turning the ball over 15 times in the first half. The Lady Wildcats made 8-of-27 shots from the field and turned the ball over just seven times in the half.
Montgomery County began to pull away in the third quarter after a 9-0 run to go up 15 points with 3:10 left.
Craven hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but the Lady Indians were unable to rally in the 18-point loss.
Craven finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Brooke Johnson had seven points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block; Renee Nelson tallied three points, nine rebounds, and one assist; Kambrie Hartsell had two points, five rebounds, and four assists; and Breanna Strange tallied two points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
The Van-Far Lady Indians were held to just eight points in their loss to Salisbury in the first round of the Madison Tournament on Wednesday, December 19.
With a final score at 47-8, Van-Far couldn’t put up any points in the first and fourth quarters against Salisbury’s defense, which only allowed the Lady Indians two points in the first quarter and six points in the third.
“The first half was rough and I was worried the girls were going to give up, but they came back and fought in the second half allowing only 18 points compared to the first half in which they allowed 29,” Asbury said. “The girls also started to make a few of the adjustments we have been talking about. I am looking forward to Christmas break so we can get better as a team. I plan on working a lot on the basics and understanding the game of basketball better as players.”
Craven posted four points for the Lady Indians with Nelson and Johnson each adding two points.