The Van-Far girls basketball team was hoping to carry their momentum from upsetting Mexico into their first round game of the Madison Tournament on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians were unable to overcome from a difficult first half against No. 1 seed Cairo and lost 57-26.
Van-Far will play Paris in the Consolation Semifinals on Wednesday, January 3 at 4:30 p.m.
A win would put them in the Consolation Championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 5.
A loss would put them in the seventh place game the same night at 4:30 p.m.
“We came out looking good in the first quarter but they went into a zone and we couldn’t hit shots from the perimeter and struggled to get the ball inside,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
“We were sluggish up and down the floor and we paid for it. The girls and I know we are capable of better, and hopefully with a few weeks off from games, we can work on our weaknesses and come out on top in the second round of the Madison Tournament.”
In the loss, the Lady Indians started strong before falling by 31 points to the No. 1 seed in Northeast-Cairo.
Jayle Jennings led the Lady Indians with 13 points, three steals, two assists, and two rebounds; Jordan Garner had six points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Reaghan Case had three points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block; Katie Elzea added two points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Alivia Graddy had three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Morgan McDowell added one rebound; while Annalynn Culwell, Vanessa Martinez, Gina Clausen, and Alyse Jensen each had one rebound.