The No. 7 seed Van-Far Lady Indians made things extremely interesting during its Class 2, District 5 first round game against No. 2 seed Canton.
Van-Far stunned the crowd in the fourth quarter after Ciara Craven and Breanna Strange hit 3-pointers to put the Lady Indians up by one.
Unfortunately, Canton responded and the Lady Indians failed to score in the final :30 seconds for a tough 37-33 loss, ending their season.
“We played the best basketball we have played all season,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf. “The Lady Indians played hard and as a team the entire four quarters…Coach (Kylie) Epperson and myself were very proud of the way the girls played. We came into districts as the 7th seed and put up a fight and the girls definitely showed everyone how far they have come this season. As a coach that is the goal, to get your team to keep improving and to see their own potentials and that is what the Lady Indians did and I couldn’t be more proud to be their coach.”
Canton jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead and appeared ready to cruise to a victory.
Van-Far’s offense responded in the second quarter, outscoring Canton 13-7 to move within four points at halftime.
The Lady Indians won the fourth quarter 7-5 before falling late to Canton.
Strange scored a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Johnson tallied seven points and two rebounds; Haven Atkinson added four points, one rebound, and one steal; Craven scored three points and one steal; Abilene Gatson added two points, three rebounds, and two steals; Jayda Borgmeyer had two points, six rebounds, and one steal; Renee Nelson had one point and six rebounds; Kayelee Harrower added two rebounds and one steal; and Annaliese Hubert added two rebounds.
The loss meant it was the final game for seniors Brooke Johnson, Haven Atkinson, and Ciara Craven.
“We are really going to miss our seniors next year and it is going to be hard to fill their spots as players but mostly as teammates,” Orf said.