The Van-Far Lady Indians lost a pair of tough games last week to quality girls basketball programs in the area.
Van-Far started the week with a home game against North Callaway and lost 70-54. The Lady Indians drove the ball to the basket hard and drew fouls early. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians were unable to get the ball inside to their post players. They also had trouble guarding due to the size difference in players.
With both teams tied at 14 early, North Callaway opened up a five point lead at halftime after a solid second quarter.
Van-Far did get 17 points in the fourth quarter but were unable to rally and lost by 16 points.
“We did play hard the entire game and this is something we have struggled to do over the past few weeks,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf.
Jordan Garner finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Reaghan Case had 14 points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block. Jayle Jennings added nine points, seven rebounds, and two assists; Jayda Borgmeyer had seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Alexis DeTienne had six points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; and Renee Nelson added two points and eight rebounds.
Van-Far’s JV girls also lost a tough game to North Callaway, 39-29.
Case had seven points, Garner added four points, and two points were scored by Alex Connaway, Vanessa Martinez, Gina Clausen, and Jennings.
“We’re a small team but we are making improvements,” Orf added. “We do well defensively but we need to work on confidence and putting some points on the board, being strong with the ball, and getting it to the middle to our post players.”
Loss to Monroe City
Later in the week, the Lady Indians were outscored 23-10 in the third quarter before losing to Monroe City, 60-31.
Van-Far trailed 21-15 at halftime before being outscored 39-16 in the second half.
“We did a great job breaking their press and getting great looks at the perimeter and on the inside (in) the first half,” Orf said. “We also did a great job defensively, keeping them off the boards and shutting down their shooters. The second half was a different story; we just stopped doing the little things and stopped playing as a team, which in the end, killed us.”
Jennings had a double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Garner had 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one block. Borgmeyer tallied four points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one steal; DeTienne had three points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Case added three points, two rebounds, and one steal; Clausen had one point; and Hailey Hopke had five rebounds.