Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf has been proud of how her team has been playing just days away from this year’s district tournament.
“Over the past few games the girls have been showing great improvements and are starting to see the potential that Coach Epperson and I have seen all season,” Orf said. “I hope we can keep up this momentum going into our last week of regular season play and district play.”
Last week, the Lady Indians traveled to Wright City and left with a 37-18 victory.
“We played a great game against Wright City,” Orf said. “We held them to three points until the fourth quarter. We kept them from scoring in the second and third quarter. The Lady Indians played great team basketball. We grabbed rebounds, shot well, and played great defense causing them to turn the ball over.”
Breanna Strange led Van-Far with 17 points, six rebounds, and two steals while Abilene Gatson added four points, three rebounds, and one assist. Jayda Borgmeyer scored four points, three rebounds, and one assists; Haven Atkinson tallied four points, four rebounds, and one assist; Brooke Johnson scored four points, three rebounds, and one assist; Renee Nelson scored two points and two rebounds; Ciara Craven tallied two points, one rebound, three steals, and one assist; Annaliese Hubert had three rebounds, two steals, three assists; Kayelee Harrower had two rebounds and one assist; Chevi Windland had one steal; and Abby Robinson had one rebound.
Van-Far hosted Clopton last week but struggled against the solid team in a 47-21 loss.
Van-Far did okay against Clopton’s press but were unable to make good passes and score.
Borgmeyer led the Lady Indians with six points, two rebounds, and two steals while Johnson tallied four points and two rebounds. Gatson had four points, four rebounds, and one assists; Hubert scored three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Harrower had two points; Strange added two points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Hailey Hopke had one rebound; Robinson had one steal; Haven Atkinson had three rebounds and one assist; Craven had three rebounds; Nelson added two rebounds.
The Lady Indians gave their rival Bowling Green all they could handle on Saturday during the annual Pink Out game.
Bowling Green made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and added a bucket at the buzzer to take a 17-9 lead.
It appeared the game was over in the second quarter as the Lady Bobcats went up 20 behind another three 3-pointers.
Bowling Green made 14-of-33 shots from the field in the first half while Van-far missed 3-of-11 free throws.
The Lady Indians started the third quarter with intensity. They quickly put together an 11-0 run to close the gap to nine points. Their defense shut out the Lady Bobcats in the quarter as Bowling Green missed all nine of their shots.
Van-Far cut the lead to seven with 5:27 remaining in the game but they were unable to complete the comeback.
Van-Far did make 16-of-43 shots form the field in the win.
Strange scored 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one block while Gatson tallied seven points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Johnson had seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one block; Windland added four points; Harrower had two points, one assist, and one rebound; Borgmeyer had two points, three rebounds, and one assist; Craven had two rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Nelson had one rebound; and Atkinson had one steal.