The Van-Far Indians scored 39 points in the first half, a season high, on its way to a 55-35 win over the Silex Owls on Friday, Feb. 12.
“Tonight we set the tone early on both ends of the floor,” said Van-Far Coach Pat Connaway. “We were really applying pressure defensively and offensively, we got out in transition and attacked the rim.”
The Indians had good ball movement and good team chemistry in front of a big crowd in Vandalia.
“The kids really fed off the energy of our student section,” Connaway said.
DJ Long scored 14 of his 16 in the first half and was much better defensively until he picked up his second foul early and then had to be less aggressive going forward. LaTrell Wright also scored 16 points in the game.
Indians Point Guard Nikos Connaway had a very solid all around game with 11 of his 13 points in the first half to go with seven rebounds, five assists and six steals.
“Hunter Scrogin was active on both ends of the floor and hit the boards hard,” added Connaway. “Cayden Caldwell was able to knock down a couple of shots, and defensively he and Gage Gibson were applying tons of ball pressure the entire night. LaTrell brought his usual energy to both sides of the floor and I don’t want that to go unnoticed.”
Connaway noted that this year’s Van-Far team doesn’t necessarily have superstars, instead relying on teamwork and strong individual efforts by every player to be successful.
“This team doesn’t have superstars but does have a core that when they rely on each other, hit the open man, move the ball and defend can be a very dangerous out in district action,” he said.
The Indians scored 19 points off of turnovers and 30 points in the paint. It also held a rebounding edge over the Owls of 35 to 29. The team shot 40.8 percent from the field and 62 percent at the free throw line.
JV Lady Trojans suffer first loss of the season
The JV Lady Trojans (8-1) lost to the Centralia Lady Panthers (Class 4) on Friday, Feb. 12, its first loss of the season.
“Centralia had a lot of size to their team and we had a challenging time handling it,” said Coach Stacie Carroz.
The Lady Panthers remained consistent offensively throughout the night putting up 13 points in the first, second and third quarters and 11 points in the fourth.
The final two minutes of the game the JV Lady Trojans made it close after being down by 11 points. Kylie Brooks had back-to-back steals and stuck it in the basket for a quick four points. Brynna Beamer hit a long-range three at the buzzer making the final score 47-50.
“Our posts led the Lady Trojans in scoring for the evening,” added Carroz.
Kylie Brooks finished with 17 points and Olivia Kuda with 15 points. Brynna Beamer ended with 12 points and Brooklynn Glasgow chipped in 3 points.
Lady Trojans down New Franklin 50-31
The Community R-6 Lady Trojans (19-1) defeated New Franklin 50-31 on Friday, Feb. 12. A very slow start by Community made the first eight minutes very interesting and New Franklin took the lead by 7.
“The girls did not know until about noon we were going to play New Franklin today as COVID and the weather has really adjusted schedules for all schools across the state of Missouri,” noted Coach Bob Curtis.
The girls finally found their stride and took a 12 point lead into the half.
“Alexis had early foul trouble and that kind of made our offense sputter a bit,” said Curtis. “She bounced back from that with 10 second-half points.”
Alexis Welch led the Lady Trojans with 16 points and six rebounds. Brianna Beamer had 14 points. Sarah Angel scored 8 points with four steals. Emma Hombs had 7 points and Emmi Johnson chipped in 5.