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Lady Indians struggle early, rally to knock off Lady Tigers

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

Indian-logoThe Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team trailed early against rival Wellsville-Middletown on the road last week but used a solid second quarter to help them to a big EMO Conference victory, 46-38.
“After the first quarter we never gave up the lead again,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “I will say this wasn’t one of our better overall games but we managed to stay relaxed when we were ahead and this is something we haven’t done at all this season. We played great team basketball and were able to get another victory.”
The Lady Indians had a slow start against the Lady Tigers as they were outscored 11-9 in the first quarter. Van-Far’s players responded just before halftime as the defense clamped down and the offense was able to move the ball to help them outscore Wellsville-Middletown 19-10 to take a 28-21 halftime lead. Jayda Borgmeyer hit a 3-pointer and Jordan Garner added a two-point basket for a late 5-0 run to push the lead to seven points.
“We were getting beat back on defense and couldn’t take care of the ball,” Orf noted. “After the first quarter we started playing better help defense and moving the ball better.”
Both teams exchanged baskets for much of the second half as the Lady Indians held on late for the eight point win.Renee Nelson scored the team’s last two baskets to help Van-Far seal the win.
Four Lady Indians nearly finished the game in double figures. Garner led the team with nine points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Nelson nearly had a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Alexis DeTienne had eight points, five rebounds, one block, and one assist; Borgmeyer added eight points, four rebounds, and four assists; Reaghan Case had seven points, four rebounds, and two assists; Jayle Jennings scored six points, six rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal; and Gina Clausen had one rebound.