The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team sent its seniors off on a winning note last week when it crushed Wright City on Senior Night, 51-23.
Van-Far jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead and pushed the lead to 20 points at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Indians never let up their assault.
They maintained their pace and held on for a 28-point victory.
“The Wright City game showed the team I knew we could be,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf. “We played smart, tough, team basketball. The whole team had a great four quarters. We got up early in the first and kept playing our game and scoring until the end. It was a nice way for our seniors to go out on their last home game. Every senior scored and played extremely well. Coach (Kylie) Epperson and myself were very proud of the girls for how hard they worked and how much they have improved over the season.”
Breanna Strange tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block while Abilene Gatson led Van-Far with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Annaliese Hubert had seven points, four rebounds, and two assists; Kayelee Harrower added six points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Jayda Borgmeyer had six points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Reaghan Case added three points, one rebound, and one block; Alexis DeTienne added two points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Renee Nelson had two points and three rebounds; Hailey Hopke had two rebounds; and Autumn Sutton had one rebound.
Falling to Clopton
Just before falling in the first round of district play late Monday night to end their season, the Lady Indians ran into Clopton and lost 64-29. Van-Far trailed by just nine points at halftime before being outscored 40-14 in the second half.
“We had a good first half and went into halftime only down by nine,” Orf said. “As a team, we did a good job breaking the press and got some layups. We came out and scored 14 in the third, but couldn’t keep the fire going. It is hard to win a game when only three of your players score.”
Gatson led Van-Far with 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists while Case added nine points, three rebounds, three steals, and one assist.
Strange scored six points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Hubert had five rebounds, two steals, and one block; Nelson had three boards; Borgmeyer had two assists and one rebound; while both DeTienne and Harrower had one rebound and one steal.
(A full story on Van-Far’s district game will appear in the March 4 issue.)