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Lady Indians ready for solid start to season

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Van-Far Lady Indians. Front row, from left: Alex Connaway, Makayla McAfee, Morgan McDowell, Jayda Borgmeyer, Alexis DeTienne, Reaghan Case, Gina Clausen, and Alyse Jensen. Back row: Coach Penny Jennings-Copelin, Mackenzie Kurz, Jordan Garner, Katie Elzea, Aubrey Bunge, Cory Salmon, Alivia Graddy, Mackena Hays, and Head Coach Kelly Orf.

Van-Far Lady Indians. Front row, from left: Alex Connaway, Makayla McAfee, Morgan McDowell, Jayda Borgmeyer, Alexis DeTienne, Reaghan Case, Gina Clausen, and Alyse Jensen. Back row: Coach Penny Jennings-Copelin, Mackenzie Kurz, Jordan Garner, Katie Elzea, Aubrey Bunge, Cory Salmon, Alivia Graddy, Mackena Hays, and Head Coach Kelly Orf.

The Van-Far girls basketball team worked hard throughout the 2015-2016 season to finish the year strong with a .500 EMO Conference record after winning a majority of those games after the Christmas break.
Though they finished with just five wins, head coach Kelly Orf was pleased with how several key players performed building momentum for the young program.
As for 2016-2017, Orf said her team has picked up where it left off last season.
“We feel like we started right where we left off, even with some newcomers to varsity,” said Orf on her squad that lost only two seniors in Renee Nelson and Hailey Hopke to graduation.
The Lady Indians are returning key players Jayda Borgmeyer, Alexis DeTienne, Reaghan Case, Jayle Jennings, and Jordan Garner.
Van-Far will also have several newcomers get important minutes as the season progresses.
Offensively, the Lady Indians will be a quick team, ready to attack the rim.
“We look to really push the ball down the court this year,” Orf said. “We’re not very big but we are very quick.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Orf notes that it is important for her team to be the aggressor.
“We want to look to be really tough and aggressive,” she noted. “We need to go after all the loose balls.”
Van-Far’s first home game will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 against Louisiana.