Wins were hard to come by for the Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team last season.
They wasted little time picking up their first win of the 2014-2015 campaign as they traveled to Philadelphia, Mo. and left with an impressive 47-23 victory over Marion County. This is a Marion County team, though they lost some players to graduation, that finished fourth in Class 1 last season.
The Lady Indians led 7-5 early before their defense helped them to a 17-11 lead at halftime.
Van-Far went on to outscore the Lady Mustangs 30-12 in the second half for the win.
“Our game against Marion County showed how far we have come since last year,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf. “We played four quarters of solid defense and continued to score the entire game…This game showed the potential that this team has and with continued hard work, we hope to continue playing this kind of basketball.”
Jayda Borgmeyer scored a team-high 20 points with nine rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block. Breanna Strange tallied five points, nine rebounds, two steals, two assists, and one block while Abilene Gatson scored eight points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
Lexi DeTienne had seven points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Annaliese Hubert scored six points with one rebound, one steal, one assist, and one block; Hailey Hopke had one point and two rebounds; Kayelee Harrower added three rebounds and two steals; Renee Nelson had one rebound and one steal; Janie Swarthout had two rebounds; and Autumn Sutton had one rebound and one assist.
Against South Callaway, the Lady Indians lost to a tough Lady Bulldogs team, 42-11.
Borgmeyer led Van-Far with eight points and one assist while Strange had two points and six rebounds. Hubert had one point and two rebounds; Harrower tallied three rebounds and three steals; Gatson added one rebound and two steals; Hopke had one rebound and one steal; and Sutton had one rebound.
In the opener against Western from Illinois, the Lady Indians led 20-17 at halftime before falling in the final two quarters, 34-29.
“Coming out of the half we made a few quick turnovers and couldn’t seem to take the lead back,” Orf said. “We played tough, tight defense, but struggled scoring. Considering the loss, Coach (Kylie) Epperson and myself were still proud of how we played.”
Strange led the Lady Indians with 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Gatson also had 13 points and five rebounds.
Hubert had three points, three rebounds, and four assists; Borgmeyer added six rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Harrower had one steal; and both DeTienne and Nelson had one rebound.
Van-Far’s JV girls basketball team lost to Western, 25-16. Hopke scored five points and Sutton had four points. The coaching staff said the JV squad had a strong first half, but struggled scoring in the second. They felt it was a promising start to the season.