The Van-Far Lady Indians nearly picked up their first victory of the season last week when they hosted South Shelby on December 19.
After a strong first quarter in handling South Shelby’s pressure, foul trouble hurt the Lady Indians just before halftime as they trailed 20-12 after two quarters.
Van-Far pulled to within two points in the fourth quarter before the Lady Cardinals sealed the win at the free throw line.
“Coach Epperson and myself are so proud of our girls,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “They played with heart and as a team the entire game. We played tough defense and caused the other team to turn the ball over. Our offense is coming together and we are continuing to improve as the season progresses. The girls played hard, never gave up, and continued to fight all 32 minutes and as I coach that is all you can ask for.”
Abilene Gatson led the Lady Indians with eight points, five rebounds, and two steals while Jayda Borgmeyer added seven points and three rebounds.
Renee Nelson had five points and three rebounds; Brooke Johnson scored four points and two rebounds; Breanna Strange had two points, seven rebounds, and three steals; Haven Atkinson added one point, two rebounds, and two steals; Annaliese Hubert had one point and four rebounds; Ciara Craven tallied three rebounds and three steals; and Kayelee Harrower had two rebounds and one steal.
On Monday, December 16, the Van-Far girls basketball team was on the road to face the Elsberry Lady Indians. Elsberry defeated Van-Far 64-18. The leading scorer was Harrower with six points. Gatson scored four points and three rebounds; Strange scored three points and two rebounds; Borgmeyer scored two points and four rebounds; Atkinson scored two points and three rebounds; and Johnson scored one point and three rebounds.
“This season is still a working progress,” Orf said.