On December 27, the Van-Far boys basketball team competed at Moberly Area Community College in the MRMC Holiday Shootout. The Centralia Panthers led all four quarters to defeat the Van-Far Indians, 54-29.
Centralia took an early lead in the first quarter by scoring 15 points.
The Indians offense worked hard and was able to stay within four.
In the second quarter, the Indians scored nine points.
However, the Panthers were able to maintain a two-point lead.
The Panthers offensive momentum continued in the third quarter as they increased their lead by 15.
In the fourth quarter, the Indians offense was totally shut down by only scoring one point.
The Panthers squad secured the win by adding another 10 unanswered points.
The leading scorer was Nick Barnes with 12 points. Wyatt McDowell scored eight points, John Gerdeman scored six points, Sharrod Connor scored two points, and Kyle Decker scored one point.
“We talked in the locker room before the game that this was a statement game for our program. Everyone here was expecting Centralia to throttle us because of what they had been doing to teams and also because of what our record was,” said head coach Pat Connaway.
“We talked about T-N-T (toughness and togetherness) that is what we needed to do and have if we wanted to not only compete, but if we wanted to have a shot at winning the game.”
The Indians went 9-for-44 from the field and was 4-for-22 from 3-point range.