Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf knew it wasn’t going to be easy for her Lady Indians to walk away with a trophy from the Palmyra Tournament last week.
Her Lady Indians, seeded No. 8 in the tournament, put forth a solid effort but lost both games they played.
First round loss to rival
Van-Far drew the top seeded Bowling Green Lady Bobcats in the first round and gave them all they could handle early.
The Lady Indians’ defense held the No. 1 seed to just six points in the first quarter and managed to take a 12-11 halftime lead.
“We shut them down in the first half,” Orf said. “(We) played our kind of basketball and looked really good.”
In the final two quarters, Bowling Green’s offense began to find a groove while Van-Far’s offense struggled and scored just seven points.
The Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady Indians 25-7 in the final two quarters to win the game, 36-19.
“The second half they went on a run and we couldn’t answer,” Orf said. “The first time we played them we got shut out and it was nice to see the girls come in this game and work hard and fight.”
Jayda Borgmeyer led the Lady Indians with six points, two rebounds, and two steals while Breanna Strange had five points and six rebounds.
Abilene Gatson had four points, two steals, and one rebound; Renee Nelson added two points, four rebounds, and one steal; Kayelee Harrower tallied two points, two rebounds, and two steals; Hailey Hopke had two rebounds; and both Alexis DeTienne and Reaghan Case had one rebound.
Loss to Monroe City
In the consolation semifinals, Monroe City jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead and pushed the lead to 15 points at halftime.
The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Indians 28-13 in the second half and won the game, 53-23.
“We really struggled against Monroe City,” Orf said. “We couldn’t seem to take care of the ball and get good looks at the basket.”
Gatson led Van-Far with 14 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Case had five points, two rebounds, and two assists; Strange scored two points and three rebounds; Nelson added two points and two rebounds; Annaliese Hubert had eight rebounds and one steal; Borgmeyer tallied five rebounds and two assists; and DeTienne had two rebounds and one assist.