The Van-Far Lady Indians have been looking for a win to give the program a needed boost before it enters the 2018 portion of its season.
It found the win it needed last Saturday when the Lady Indians took on larger school Mexico on the Lady Bulldogs’ home court in the Gary Filbert Classic.
After coming off two games where the Lady Indians struggled to get the ball inside along with the help defense not being as solid as it needed to be, the Lady Indians made it a focus in the match-up with Mexico.
Van-Far responded in spite of being down 11 points as they rallied late to shock the Lady Bulldogs on their home floor with a 52-48 win. Van-Far had actually trailed 34-21 at halftime before rallying in the final two quarters.
“Against Mexico, we handled every defense they ran and were able to stay under control when they tried speeding the game up,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
“We moved the ball well and got really good looks at the basket throughout the whole game. Defensively wise, our help defense looked a lot better as well. We got down by 11 but the girls never stopped fighting and we hit some big shots at the end of the game to put us ahead. It was a nice win to end the week on.”
Jayle Jennings had a double-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds; four assists, and three steals; Reaghan Case had 15 points and four rebounds; Katie Elzea scored 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Jordan Garner chipped in nine points, four rebounds, and three assists; Alex Connaway had two rebounds and one assist; and both Gina Clausen and Morgan McDowell had one rebound.
One night earlier, the Lady Indians lost 66-40 at Monroe City.
Van-Far led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter before being outscored 54-26 the rest of the game.
Case had 17 points and four rebounds; Garner added nine points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Jennings had eight points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Alivia Graddy had three points and two rebounds; Panna Connaway had two points and one rebound; Elzea had one point, 17 rebounds, three steals, and two assists; and Alex Connaway had one steal, one assist, and one block.
Van-Far also lost to North Callaway 51-37.
In that EMO Conference loss, Jennings had 16 points, nine rebounds, and two steals while Case had 15 points and three steals.
Elzea had two points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Alex Connaway had two points, two rebounds, and one steal; McDowell added two points and two rebounds; Garner had seven rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Graddy pulled down five rebounds; and Clausen had one rebound.