The Van-Far Lady Indians finally found the win column last week after holding off Wellsville 50-31 to win the 7th place game in the Madison Invitational.
Van-Far led 15-11 at halftime before outscoring Wellsville 31-20 in the second half for the 19-point victory.
“It was the first time all year we’ve seen man-to-man the entire game,” said a happy head coach Blake Logan after the Lady Indians first win. “We played a lot better defensively and got more rebounds.”
Kasey Gatson was named the KRES Radio Player of the Week after finishing with 29 points, four assists, and four rebounds. Jaselle Brookins scored six of her eight points on layups in the third quarter.
“She looked confident with the ball, got into position, and knew what she was doing,” Logan said.
Jenise Johnson scored five points while Jessie Fowler, MaKenzie Wallace, Brooke Johnson, and Rachel Nelson each scored two points.
In the consolation semifinals, Van-Far led 21-12 at halftime before Madison scored 24 points in the third quarter behind the play of the Lady Panthers’ post player.
Fowler hit a game-tying free throw at the end of regulation but Madison hit a big 3-pointer in overtime and held on for the 57-51 victory.
“We came out flat after halftime,” Logan said. “We weren’t used to playing with the lead.”
Gatson scored a game-high 35 points and six rebounds while Wallace added nine points. Fowler had four points, Jenise Johnson scored two points, and Brookins added one point.
In the first round, the Lady Indians faced rival Community R-VI for the second time this season.
The two teams were matched evenly as they were in early December when both squads played into double overtime.
The difference this time was the return of Lady Trojans’ player Paige Curtis, who didn’t play in the first meeting after sitting out with an injury.
Curtis provided the needed spark, scoring 14 points in a 46-30 victory for the Lady Trojans.
Brookins scored the lone basket from the field in the first quarter as Community R-VI had four different players score to take a 12-4 lead.
Gatson found her stroke in the second quarter by scoring eight of her team-high 17 points behind two 3-pointers.
The Lady Trojans led 21-13 at halftime before starting the third quarter on an 8-0 run as Amelia Knipfel’s 3-pointer put Community R-VI up by 16 points.
Gatson scored all seven of her second half points in the fourth but the Lady Indians couldn’t get any closer than 11 points in the final quarter.
Fowler added five points, Brookins scored two points, and both Wallace and Jenise Johnson had three points.
“We came out flat again,” Logan said. “We didn’t play with a sense of urgency and played lackadaisical as a team. We can’t turnover the ball 30 times against any team and expect to win.”