After starting the season with two disappointing losses by large margins, the Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team picked up a big win over Louisiana.
The Lady Indians knocked off the Lady Bulldogs, 51-38.
“We handled the ball well and played some really great defense,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert. “Coach (Sam) Utterback and I are really glad to see some of our players really stepping up on defense.”
Jayle Jennings led Van-Far with a double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, and five assists.
Jordan Garner also had a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and one assist. Katie Elzea scored four points and nine rebounds; Reaghan Case added three points, four rebounds, and three steals; Morgan McDowell had three points; Alivia Graddy had one rebound; Alex Connaway added two rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Gina Clausen chipped in one rebound and one steal; and Mackenzie Kurz had two rebounds.
The Lady Indians did open the season with a tough 67-41 loss to Western (Illinois).
The game was close until foul trouble hurt Van-Far in the fourth quarter.
Jennings paced Van-Far with 18 points, four rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Garner had eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals; Elzea added eight points, two rebounds, and one steal; Case scored three points and two rebounds; Graddy had two points, and one rebound; Clausen had two points and two rebounds; Alyse Jensen had two rebounds; Alex Connaway had two rebounds and one assist; and McDowell had one rebound.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Indians lost 73-34 to South Callaway on their home floor.
“We were tired and didn’t handle the ball very well as a team,” Borchert said.
Jennings scored a team-high 13 points with four rebounds; Garner had six points, four rebounds, and one assist; Elzea had five points, two rebounds, and one assist; Case had five points and one assist; Graddy added two points and three rebounds; Kurz, McDowell, and Jensen had one rebound; and Alex Connaway had two rebounds.
“After the week, we as a team know that we need to work on rebounding and not giving up so many offensive rebounds and keeping the tempo up the whole game,” Borchert said. “Some things we are doing well, are seeing the open man, and getting some good looks at the basket.”