The rivalry game between the Community R-VI Lady Trojans and Van-Far Lady Indians featured two solid EMO Conference teams battling in a key game last Friday night.
Though the Lady Trojans are currently ranked No. 7 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 1 rankings, they had their hands full with Van-Far throughout the game.
The Lady Indians were led by Jayle Jennings’ big shots in the first half as Van-Far outscored Community R-VI 19-11 in the second quarter for a 29-23 halftime lead.
“I give a lot of credit to Van-Far and Coach Orf as they played extremely well shooting lights out in the first half and running their man offense very well,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “Jennings was on fire and we gave her too much space to rise up and hit some key jumpers. They were just better for 16 minutes.”
In spite of missing one of its leading scorers in Reaghan Case, Van-Far had a five point lead through three quarters.
Fortunately for the Lady Trojans, they found a way to take advantage of opportunities in the final 16 minutes of the game. They shut out Van-Far 12-0 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 43-36 victory. Foul trouble hurt Van-Far late in the game as a few starters fouled out though they did have a lead with three minutes left.
Senior Danie Jackson made a big 3-pointer late in the win. Natalie Thomas also had one key possession where she burned about a minute off the clock before making a lay-up to extend the lead at that time to six points.
“We knew when we got up four, we would take some time off the clock out of a timeout and try and secure the win with some free-throws as we had struggled to score all night long and the game plan was just try to survive a rough night shooting,” Bob Curtis added. “…I am proud of the girls that they continued to grind and won on a night where we just did not have it.”
“All in all it was a great game and I am extremely proud of how the girls played,” Orf said.
“If we keep playing the way we have been it is going to be a pretty good season for us.”
The Lady Trojans were led by Thomas’ 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals while Alissa Curtis added 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
Sadie Hoyt had seven points and three rebounds; Deann Brooks scored six points and six rebounds; Jackson added five points and two steals; and Taren Clark had two points and two steals.
Van-Far was led by Jennings’ 15 points, four rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block.
Jordan Garner added nine points, three rebounds, and one steal; Jayda Borgmeyer had eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal; Alexis DeTienne had three points, two rebounds, and two steals; Katie Elzea added one point, two rebounds, one assist, and one block; Gina Clausen grabbed 10 rebounds, two assists, and one steal; and Morgan McDowell added one steal.