Like the boys team, the Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team had a tough stretch of games this past week while participating in tournaments at both Palmyra and Bowling Green.
While the Lady Indians battled tough, they managed to pick up just one victory in three games.
This past Monday night, the Lady Indians battled state-ranked Clopton in the first round of the Bowling Green Tournament.
While Van-Far’s defense held all-state center Lauren Jaeger to just nine points on seven shots, Clopton managed to overcome their slow start before picking up a 49-26 victory.
“We played well when we ran a box and one against their star player,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “Jenise (Johnson) did a great job and worked really hard tonight.”
Clopton started the game on an 11-0 run as Kasey Gatson scored the Lady Indians’ lone two free throws with 15.4 seconds left in the first quarter.
Van-Far’s defense clamped down in the second quarter on Jaeger, holding her to just one shot while Gatson paced the Lady Indians with five points. Though Van-Far won the quarter 5-4 they trailed 15-7 at halftime.
Clopton made just 5-of-21 shots from the field in the first half while Van-Far made 1-of-14 shots.
“Keeping a team like that at 15 points at halftime is what you need to do,” Logan said. “We just need to put more points on the board.”
Both Jessie Fowler and Gatson made 3-pointers in the third to keep pace with Clopton before the game got away from them in the fourth quarter. Clopton put together an 11-0 run early in the final quarter and never looked back in a 23-point victory.
Van-Far’s offense turned the ball over 25 times and made just 7-of-37 shots from the field while Clopton made 20-of-49 shots from the field and had 19 turnovers.
Gatson finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists while Fowler added five points, two rebounds, and two steals. Rachel Nelson had two points and one rebound; Jenise Johnson had one point, four steals, three rebounds, one assist, and one block; Haven Atkinson had one steal; Abigail Gatson added one steal, one rebound, one block, and one assist; MaKenzie Wallace had two rebound and two steals; and Brooke Johnson tallied seven rebounds and one block.
Van-Far will play in the consolation semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25.
In the Palmyra Tournament, the Lady Indians lost their first round game against No. 2 seed Monroe City, 56-37.
Van-Far trailed 27-18 at halftime before being outscored 29-19 in the second half.
Gatson scored a team-high 22 points while Brooke Johnson added eight points. Jenise Johnson scored four points, Nelson had two points, and Jaselle Brookins scored one point.
In the consolation semifinals, Van-Far avenged an early season loss to Mark Twain with a 37-25 victory.
The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Tigers 16-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Gatson led Van-far with 21 points, Fowler added seven points, and both Jenise Johnson and Wallace scored four points.
In the fifth place game, the Lady Indians trailed a Clark County team that recently won the Highland Tournament Championship 29-25 heading into the fourth.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians were without the services of Gatson who fouled out in the third after some questionable foul calls and Van-Far was never the same.
Clark County outscored the Lady Indians 32-7 in the final eight minutes for a 61-32 win.
Gatson finished with 12 points; Jenise Johnson had five points; both Atkinson and Brooke Johnson scored four points; Fowler added three points; and both Wallace and Nelson scored two points.