Van-Far varsity girls basketball coach Sarah Asbury said the Lady Indians’ 37-21 loss to Mark Twain in the second round of the Palmyra Tournament was tough to bear after seeing the improvements the squad had shown against Silex two games before.
Mark Twain edged Van-Far early with a 12-4 drive in the first quarter with the Lady Indians allowed just one point in the second quarter to trail 19-5 at halftime.
Mark Twain won the third quarter 12-6 but the Lady Indians were able to rally late with a 10-6 run to win the final frame.
“It was a tough game to lose especially after seeing so much potential from the girls on (January 11) against Silex,” Asbury said. “We were 6-for-51 from the field, which really hurt us. That being said, I was glad to see the girls shooting, we just have to work on getting the ball inside the hoop.”
Ciara Craven led the Lady Indians with 12 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Kambrie Hartsell followed with three points and four steals. Annaliese Hubert chipped in two points and five rebounds with one steal; Abilene Gatson added two points and one rebound; and Katelyn Allen had one point. Breanna Strange had six rebounds and two steals.
Falls to Monroe City
In the first round of tournament play, Asbury said the girls knew a match against Monroe City would be tough. The Lady Indians fell 59-16.
“The girls knew it was going to be a tough team to play against and I think they let that get them down early in the game,” Asbury said. “Monroe is a good team and they have a lot of speed, which is something we do not have and it was a big factor on the court. We are still learning to play as a team and if we can do that, I think we have good potential for the future.”
Monroe City posted 22 points in the first quarter and followed up with an 11-6 run to close the half up 33-9.
The Lady Panthers won the third quarter outscoring Van-Far 13-6 and finished the game with a 13-1 run for victory.
Craven continued to lead Van-Far in tournament play with seven points; Johnson had five points; Strange tallied three points; and Hubert had one point.
The Lady Indians are 1-14 on the season and 0-6 in conference play.