The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team picked up its first win of the season last week in the consolation semifinals of the Madison Tournament.
Van-Far defeated the host Madison Lady Panthers 26-24 after holding on late with tough defense as Madison began closing the gap.
“In the fourth quarter Madison started to close the gap and our girls had to fight hard and keep their composure to pull out their first win of the season,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “…The girls did a nice job pressing and causing Madison to turn the ball over.”
Breanna Strange led the Lady Indians with 10 points and nine rebounds while Brooke Johnson scored five points and 11 rebounds. Annaliese Hubert scored four points and four rebounds; Renee Nelson had two points and seven rebounds; Haven Atkinson tallied two points, two rebounds, and four steals; Jayda Borgmeyer scored two points and one rebound; Ciara Craven scored one point and one steal; and Kayelee Harrower had one rebound and one steal.
That win gave the Lady Indians a chance to win a team trophy as they advanced to the consolation semifinals.
Against Paris, Van-Far’s defense forced the Lady Coyotes to miss all of their 10 first quarter shots from the field.
Hubert and Johnson both scored baskets to put the Lady Indians ahead 4-1.
They pushed the lead to 15-9 at halftime behind Strange’s five points, including one 3-pointer.
Van-Far made 5-of-14 shots from the field in the first half while Paris made just 4-of-23 shots.
Turnovers plagued Van-Far in the third quarter as Paris started with a 7-0 run after nine turnovers to take the lead.
Hubert scored the lone basket in the third.
Paris made 7-of-16 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a 37-24 victory to win the fifth place trophy.
Strange scored seven points, six rebounds, and five steals while Johnson had seven points, six rebounds, one block, and one assist. Borgmeyer had four points, two assists, and one rebound; Hubert added four points, five rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Atkinson had two points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal; and Nelson had two rebounds.
In the first round, the Lady Indians trailed in a low-scoring first half 19-12 before being outscored 19-2 in the third quarter.
“The third quarter really hurt us,” Orf said. “We couldn’t score and didn’t do a very good job rebounding.”
Van-Far ended up losing the game 49-27.
Strange scored a team-high eight points, five rebounds, and two steals while Borgmeyer added four points, one rebound, and one steal.
Harrower had four points and one rebound; Hubert had three points and one rebound; Craven tallied three points, three rebounds, and one steal; Nelson had two points and five rebounds; Johnson scored one point, two rebounds, and one steal; Atkinson had two rebounds and one steal; and Gatson had five rebounds.
Before the Madison Tournament, the Lady Indians lost a tough game to Southern Boone, 41-31.
Van-Far struggled in the first half after a four day lay off from practice.
“Our second half looked a lot better and we came and started scoring and playing tougher defense,” Orf said.
Gatson scored a team-high 15 points. Atkinson added six points and two rebounds; Nelson had three points; Strange scored three points and three rebounds; Hubert had two points and four rebounds; Johnson scored two points and two rebounds; Craven had one rebound; and Borgmeyer added one rebound.
On January 3, Van-Far’s turnovers in the second and third quarters hurt them in a close 37-30 loss to Montgomery County.
Borgmeyer scored a game-high nine points, four rebounds, and one steal while Johnson tallied eight points, two rebounds, and one steal. Craven had four points, one rebound, and two steals; Gatson tallied three points, four rebounds, and two steals; Harrower added three points, two rebounds, and three steals; Hubert had one rebound and two steals; and Nelson had one rebound.