The Van-Far Junior High Lady Indians basketball team earned a second place finish last week in the Community R-VI Tournament after winning two of their three games. In their second place clinching game, the Lady Indians avenged an earlier loss to Wellsville.
The Lady Indians used a 1-2-2 defense early to cause some problems for the Lady Tigers. Van-Far struggled offensively but led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Indians outscored Wellsville 13-2 before halftime to open up a 17-point lead.
In an effort to put two solid halves of play together, the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Tigers 13-7 in the final two quarters for a 32-9 victory.
“We had worked hard in practice the day before on what we needed to do to be successful in this game,” said Van-Far head coach Allison Allgood. “…Our defense helped us to be successful in this game. We are doing a way better job of running the floor and pulling the ball out to set up our offense.”
Jordan Garner had a double-double after scoring a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jayle Jennings just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Their first win of the tournament came on Monday night against North Callaway.
With the 7th grade team previously beating North Callaway, the Lady Indians knew they had to shut down one of the Lady Thunderbirds top players.
Van-Far was able to play solid defense and get needed stops while offensively, they ran the ball well and scored a lot of points in transition.
The Lady Indians led 12-4 early and kept pressing with their defense before halftime for a 19-13 edge.
“We knew we had to put two quarters together and come out strong,” Allgood added.
In spite of struggling from the free throw line late in the second half, Van-Far held on late for 33-26 win.
“These girls played hard from the beginning and knew what they had to do to win this game,” Allgood said. “They have come a long way from their games in the beginning of the season. They’re being the successful team I knew they could be once everyone started working together.”
Garner scored 17 points while both Jennings and Alivia Graddy had six points.
Their lone loss in the tournament came against a Lady Trojans they just beat one week earlier.
The Lady Indians offense started slowly as they trailed 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Community R-VI pushed their lead to six points at halftime before the Lady Indians rallied in the third to take a 21-19 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Indians couldn’t get shots to fall.
Community R-VI made two big 3-pointers and held on for a 30-24 victory.
“We fought hard in this game but came up short,” Allgood said. “…We played a great team and squeaked by them at our first meeting.”
Jennings scored 10 points while Graddy had six points.