Van-Far’s girls varsity basketball head coach Sarah Asbury anticipated a building year for the program with just one returning player with varsity experience.
The young Lady Indians squad fell 51-18 for a tough season-opening loss to Mark Twain. Van-Far scored three points in the first quarter with the Lady Tigers holding the Lady Indians scoreless in the second quarter to build a 29-3 lead at the end of the half after the Lady Tigers scored 26 unanswered points. The Lady Indians scored nine points in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter.
“The score was not good, but I saw good things as a coach. First, the girls played with heart, which is something we have been working on. The girls also stayed focused and positive as a team,” Asbury said.
Van-Far closed the third quarter trailing by 27 points at 39-12. Breanna Strange scored two points in the fourth quarter with Ciara Craven adding another two. Craven then came to the line on a Mark Twain foul to sink two for the final Lady Indian points of the game. Leading scorers for Van-Far were Craven with 11 points, Renee Nelson with two, Strange with four, and Brooke Johnson with one point.
“There were a lot of reasons that we lost our first game. However, our nerves got the best of us, especially in the first half, which I blame on having such a young team,” Asbury said.