The Van-Far 7th and 8th grade girls basketball players had a successful and busy week.
On Friday, the Lady Indians knocked off rival Community R-VI for the first time in head coach Allison Allgood’s six seasons at Van-Far, 35-30.
The Lady Indians trailed early by one before finishing some shots before halftime to take a 14-11 lead.
After talking at halftime about the need for a big third quarter, the Lady Indians responded by drawing fouls and driving to the basket while capitalizing on mistakes to take a 27-18 edge.
Community R-VI made a late 8-0 run before foul trouble caught up to them as Van-Far won, 35-30.
“I’m very proud of these girls for putting this game away,” Allgood said.
“They played smart in the 4th and really worked hard to keep their lead. We did everything right on both sides of the court… This was a great win for our team and our school.”
Shaylee Chandler led Van-Far with nine points while both Haley Baskett and Emma Barnes had eight points.
Falling to South
One night earlier in games featuring “A” and “B” teams, the Lady Indians lost their first game 36-22 to South Callaway in spite of Baskett’s 14 points.
In the “A” game, South Callaway cruised to a 50-14 win.
Panna Connaway scored 15 points and Baskett added 12 in the loss.
On Tuesday, the Lady Indians 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams outscored Wellsville 85-14 in two victories.
The 7th grade girls played solid man-to-man, full-court defense and won the battle on the boards early for a 15-0 lead.
Van-Far pushed their lead to 21 at halftime and outscored the Lady Tigers 14-4 in the second half for a 35-4 win over Wellsville.
Allgood said she was proud of how her girls worked together as a team.
“Tonight everyone contributed something and that’s what teamwork is all about,” she said.
Devyn Keller scored 15 points in the win and Baskett had 11.
In the 8th grade game, the Lady Indians took the ball through the lane and did a good job finding the open player.
Van-Far had a big second quarter with 18 points and led 31-6 at halftime.
Van-Far didn’t let down in the second half of a 50-10 win. Barnes scored 17 points while Connaway had 15 and Baskett added 12.
Splitting with North Callaway
The Lady Indians split their two games against the Lady Thunderbirds.
The defense struggled early for Van-Far as both teams were tied at 6-6. North Callaway’s 8-5 run gave them a 14-11 halftime lead.
Coach Allgood talked to her team at halftime about boxing out better and setting good screens but her team struggled in the second half.
North Callaway outscored Van-Far 14-7 in the final two quarters for a 28-18 win.
Baskett had six points and Keller added five points.
In the 8th grade game, the Lady Indians couldn’t get shots to fall early as they led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Van-Far started to do better on both sides of the court before halftime for a 17-6 advantage.
North Callaway made a 6-0 run to cut the lead to six.
In spite of foul trouble affecting the Lady Indians, Barnes made two free throws late to seal a 22-19 win.
“I believe this game was a learning experience for this team,” Allgood said.
“They are so use to getting out ahead, but sometimes it can be hard to keep that lead. They are starting to understand every basket matters and you have to play smart all four quarters.”
Connaway scored nine points and Barnes had eight in the win.