The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team drew a tough assignment in the first round of last week’s Class 2, District 5 Tournament at Monroe City as a No. 8 seed against the top seed, Northeast Cairo.
Though the Lady Indians lost to Cairo by 40 in last year’s districts, Van-Far made things close this year early on before falling 69-45. Cairo went on to lose in the district finals to Monroe City.
“Yes, this year we lost as well but looking at how well we played against their press the entire game and how well we shut down their all-stater to only three points shows how hard we have worked and how far we have come since last year,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf.
The Lady Indians played under control on offense and played a strong defense in their match-up with Cairo.
Van-Far and Cairo traded baskets in the first quarter as the Lady Indians trailed by just five points heading into the second quarter.
Cairo put some distance between the two teams by outscoring Van-Far 18-8 before halftime to take an 15-point lead.
Van-Far had a solid third quarter but fell six more points behind but eventually lost the game by 24 points.
Jayle Jennings led the Lady Indians with 13 points, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist.
Alexis DeTienne added 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal; Jayda Borgmeyer tallied nine points, eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals; Reaghan Case added five points, two rebounds, and one assist; Renee Nelson had two points and seven rebounds; Gina Clausen had two points and one rebound; both Alex Connaway and Vanessa Martinez had one assist; and Hailey Hopke had one rebound.
Orf said she was proud of how her team improved this season.
“The 15-16 basketball season was full of lots of improvements,” Orf said. “Our record definitely doesn’t show how much hard work and effort was put into the season but the girls and I know how tiredly we worked to come as far as we have over the past few years. I am very happy with how well we started playing solid team basketball toward the end of the season. This team is full of so much potential and eventhough we lost two dedicated seniors the girls and I know that we are ready to put in the time in the offseason to be even better in the season to come.”
The loss meant it was the final game for seniors Renee Nelson and Hailey Hopke. Orf said both will be missed.
“They are my first set of girls that I have had the privilege of coaching all four years,” Orf noted. “These girls are dedicated, hardworking, and have boosted team morale the past four years.”