Van-Far head girls basketball coach Blake Logan knew his team would have to play a perfect game during its Courtwarming against Marion County, the No. 1 team in Class 1 last Friday night.
Though they traded baskets early and showed energy through the game, Van-Far was unable to overcome the Lady Mustangs in a 70-36 loss. The Lady Indians made just 10 turnovers.
“I was extremely pleased with how we came out and battled,” Logan said. “We had good attitudes no matter what the score was…It’s the first time all year we had 10 or fewer turnovers as a team. We’re playing some of our best ball as a team right now.”
Marion County started the game on a 6-0 run and tried to pull away for good but Kasey Gatson paced Van-Far with nine points to keep the Lady Indians within 10 points.
Another Lady Mustangs’ 6-0 run in the second quarter paced the top team in Class 1 to a 35-18 halftime lead as Marion County made 16-of-30 shots from the field.
The Lady Mustangs dominated the third quarter making 10-of-17 shots from the field to push their lead to 33 points. The mercy clock went into effect in the fourth as Marion County held on for the 34-point victory.
Marion County made 29-of-55 shots from the field while Van-Far made 16-of-43 shots.
Van-Far did have some success in the second half with the give-and-go between Gatson and MaKenzie Wallace. Wallace scored all eight of her points in the second half.
“They were overplaying and we played to back door them,” Logan said. “…We’re looking more as a team offensively and defensively.”
Gatson finished with a team-high 18 points, nine assists, two rebounds, and two steals while Wallace added eight points, three rebounds, and two assists. Jenise Johnson tallied four points, five rebounds, and one steal; Jessie Fowler had four points, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Rachel Nelson had two points and one assist; Jaselle Brookins had two rebounds; and Brooke Johnson added one rebound.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Indians ran into the top team in the EMO Small Conference and lost 63-30 as the Clopton Lady Hawks remained undefeated in the EMO. Clopton jumped out to a 41-16 halftime lead and never looked back in their easy 33-point victory.
Gatson scored a team-high 20 points while Jenise Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Nelson, and Wallace each scored two points.