The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team didn’t start the 2015-16 season the way they had hoped this past week after dropping all three of its first games by double-digit points.
Van-Far opened the season on November 30 against Western of Illinois, 60-23.
Reaghan Case hit a 3-pointer to give Van-Far an early 3-0 lead but it would be the Lady Indians’ last lead of the game.
Western went on a 11-0 run for a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Western went up by 12 at halftime after Van-Far missed four straight shots before the end of the second quarter.
Freshman Jordan Garner led Van-Far with 10 points off the bench after making 5-of-17 shots from the field. She also had seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Case added seven points, one rebound, one assist, and two steals; Jayda Borgmeyer tallied four points, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal; and senior Renee Nelson added two points, five rebounds, and one steal. Hailey Hopke had three rebounds and one steal while Alexis DeTienne had one steal and one rebound.
The Lady Indians nearly lost by the same score at home against South Callaway as they fell 51-23 in spite of Garner’s team-high 11 points.
South Callaway opened the game on a 10-0 run and led by 11 points at the end of the first quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Bulldogs to go up by 20 points before halftime when Borgmeyer’s late 3-pointer cut the lead to 31-13.
Borgmeyer added another 3-pointer in the third quarter to trim the gap to 16 points when foul trouble began to hurt the Lady Indians in the fourth.
South Callaway held on late for the 28-point win.
Garner finished with a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Borgmeyer added six points, 10 rebounds and two assists; Jennings had two points, six rebounds, three steals, and one assist; Nelson chipped in two points, five rebounds, and one assist; Hopke had two rebounds and two assists; and DeTienne added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Alex Connaway, Morgan McDowell, and Vanessa Martinez each had one rebound.
“Even though we lost Monday and Tuesday by 20 plus we did things that we have never done in the past,” said head coach Kelly Orf. “We were able to put pressure on the ball, cause turnovers, and push the ball up the floor.”
Closer loss to
While the Lady Indians scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, the late rally wasn’t enough in Van-Far’s 68-57 road loss to Louisiana.
Louisiana opened the game with an 8-0 run and paced themselves to a 26-9 first-quarter lead.
DeTienne started a rally with five points and Borgmeyer made a 3-pointer during an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 13.
Trailing 39-24 at halftime, the Lady Indians couldn’t cut the lead down further before entering the fourth quarter.
DeTienne and Borgmeyer made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to nine early in the final frame.
Van-Far closed the gap to seven points but couldn’t get any closer in the loss.
Four Lady Indians scored in double figures, led by DeTienne’s 17 points, six rebounds, two steals, and one assist. Borgmeyer had a double-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and one assist.
Case added 12 points, four rebounds, two steals, and one assist after making just 4-of-21 shots from the field; Garner had 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and one assist as she made just 7-of-24 shots from the field; Jennings scored one point, five rebounds, one block, and one steal; Hopke had five rebounds and one block; Nelson added two rebounds and one block; and McDowell had one rebound.
“We were only out scored in the first quarter but in that first quarter we dug ourselves a too big of whole to get out of, we couldn’t get any of our shots to fall, and they couldn’t miss,” Orf said. “Once we started putting pressure on them defensively we started to make a comeback but like I said that first quarter we just let jump too far out in front. We never gave up and kept fighting until the final buzzard. We played with enthusiasm and heart and that is a team I can be proud of.”