Nine different players scored in an EMO Conference road game last week as the Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team traveled to Elsberry and left with a 46-42 victory. After being outscored 13-8 in the first quarter, Van-Far outscored Elsberry 38-29 in the final three frames and held on for the four-point win.
“Against Elsberry we came out a little slow in the first quarter but then we really stepped up as a team,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf.
“…We had nine players score which is something that we usually don’t do so it was really nice to see the majority of us get on the board. We played great help defense and worked hard and as a team the entire game.”
Jayda Borgmeyer scored a team-high 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and one assist while Morgan McDowell added eight points, three rebounds, and one assist.
“Borgmeyer had another big game for us with 12 points and eight rebounds,” Orf said. “Morgan McDowell really has shown some great improvement and had a nice game as well with eight points and three rebounds.”
Alexis DeTienne tallied six points, five rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and one steal; Reaghan Case had five points, one steal, and one assist; Jordan Garner added four points, four rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Renee Nelson had four points, one rebound, and one steal; Gina Clausen had three points and one rebound; Jayle Jennings added two points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal; and Hailey Hopke had two points.
Falling to South Shelby
After the big win over Elsberry, Van-Far had up and down quarters that hurt the team in a 39-28 loss to South Shelby.
After being outscored 11-5 in the first quarter, the Lady Indians regained their focus to outscore South Shelby 15-2 before halftime to take a 20-13 lead.
Things fell apart in the second half as Van-Far was shut out 14-0 in the third quarter and outscored 26-8 in the second half in the 11-point loss.
Borgmeyer had a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists while Case added nine points, one rebound, and one assist.
Garner finished with four points, five rebounds, and one steal; Jennings added four rebounds, two assists, and one steal; DeTienne had two assists, one rebound, and one steal; Hopke had one rebound and one steal; Panna Connaway picked up three rebounds; and Clausen had one rebound.
Losing to rival
On Courtwarming Night, the Lady Indians stunned Bowling Green in the first quarter as they jumped out to an early 14-8 lead before being outscored 46-18 in the final three quarters of a 54-32 loss at home.
Orf was really impressed with her team’s efforts in the first half as they led 26-21 at halftime.
“We came out on fire in the first half of the game,” she said.
“We were playing extremely aggressive defense and being patient on offense. We went into halftime up 26-21. After halftime, we for some reason stopped being patient on offense and started playing like sloppy defense. This is exactly how the South Shelby game went for us as well. We went into halftime up 20-13 and fell apart in the second half.”
Borgmeyer led Van-Far with 12 points, five rebounds, and one assist.
“Jayda Borgmeyer has been having really a great season both offensively and defensively,” Orf said.
“She has been our top scorer and rebounder consistently throughout the year, which has really kept our team alive and we have had some younger girls start to really improve over the past several weeks. We continue to improve every game. Coach Cashman and myself know that we have a team full of talent if we could just get them to continue playing all four quarters. We know without a doubt that we can put some more wins up.”
Jennings finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three steals, and three assists; Nelson had three points, two rebounds, and one assist; Garner added two points, three rebounds, and one assist; Case had two points, two assists, and one steal; Clausen had two points; McDowell added three rebounds; and DeTienne had two assists.