Though the Van-Far Lady Indians dropped their first round game at last week’s Bowling Green Tournament, the players responded by dominating their next two opponents to win the Consolation championship.
Van-Far outscored Winfield and Louisiana 115-65 while led by Jayle Jennings, who was an all-tournament selection.
“Coach Utterback and I are hoping that we keep up this momentum going into these last few weeks of the regular season,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
In the Consolation finals against Louisiana, the Lady Indians jumped out to a five-point lead in the first quarter before the Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to three points at halftime.
The Lady Indians took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Louisiana 19-3 before cruising to the 57-40 victory.
“We moved the ball well and hit our shots from the perimeter,” Borchert said. “We also did a nice job finishing underneath the basket.”
Jennings led the team with 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Reaghan Case had 12 points and five rebounds.
Jordan Garner had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Katie Elzea added eight points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and one assist; Gina Clausen had three points, two rebounds, and one assist; Morgan McDowell scored two points, one rebound, and one assist; and Alivia Graddy had two points, three rebounds, and one steal.
In the semifinals, the Lady Indians shot 82% from the free throw line in a 58-25 win over Winfield. The Lady Indians’ defense held Winfield to just six points in the first half to go up 20 points.
Van-Far’s girls outscored Winfield 32-19 in the final two quarters to seal the win.
“Wednesday night was a different story, we played great under control offense against Winfield,” Borchert noted. “We moved the ball well and were hitting our shots from the perimeter and getting the ball inside to our post.”
Jennings had a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, and four assists. Garner also added a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Elzea scored eight points, 13 rebounds, and one assist; Case had six points, five rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Graddy added four points and six rebounds; Clausen scored one point and one rebound; McDowell tallied five rebounds and one assist; Alex Connaway had two rebounds and one assist; Panna Connaway had one steal and one assist; and Mackenzie Kurz had one rebound.
In the first round, the Lady Indians’ offense struggled against Elsberry in a 41-27 loss.
Garner scored 15 of the team’s 27 points and added seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Jennings tallied six points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Case had five points, two rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Elzea tallied one point, six rebounds, and one assist; McDowell had three rebounds; Panna Connaway had one rebound and one steal; Clausen had one rebound; and Alex Connaway had one assist.