Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf knew her Lady Indians had the odds stacked against them against top seeded Cairo in the first round of the Class 2, District 5 Tournament last week.
Cairo jumped all over the No. 8 seed, taking a 24-4 lead in the first quarter and pushing ahead by 50 at halftime.
Cairo held on in the second half to win the game, 62-15.
“The season definitely did not end on a very good note,” Orf said. “We came out against Cairo and didn’t play to the potential I knew that we could. We turned over the ball too much and really struggled scoring.”
Abilene Gatson led Van-Far with six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal while Annaliese Hubert added three points and one steal.
Breanna Strange had two points, three rebounds, and one steal; Jayda Borgmeyer tallied two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Reaghan Case had two points, one rebound, and one steal; Kayelee Harrower had five rebounds and one steal; Alexis DeTienne added three rebounds; and Renee Nelson had three rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Indians finished the year with four victories, two more than they had one year earlier.
“We were in the majority of our games and put up a fight more times than not against teams that in recent years have beat us by plenty,” Orf said. “This year the girls really started to show some real improvement with handling the ball against tough defending teams and just playing better team basketball. These are things that we have really struggled in the past with. I am hoping our improvements carry over into next year.”
The loss was also the final game for seniors Breanna Strange, Kayelee Harrower, Annaliese Hubert, and Abilene Gatson.
“I am losing four very strong seniors who have put in a lot of time and effort into our program and have helped tremendously with improving our team and program over the past few years,” Orf said. “All four of them started for me the majority of the year and will be hard to replace.”