The Van-Far Lady Indians put themselves back in the win column last week after taking care of Montgomery County at home, 56-48.
Both teams were tied at 11 at the end of the first quarter when the Lady Indians exploded for 18 points and a 29-15 halftime lead.
After both teams traded a few baskets in the third quarter, the Lady Indians won the fourth quarter 18-15 to hold on for the eight point victory.
“We did a great job getting offense rebounds and putting the ball back up strong,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “We had 25 points off second chance shots. We shot the ball a lot better than we have in the past several games. We pushed the ball down the floor and also stayed mentally tough when the game got rough. This is the best team basketball we have played all season. Our defense has really picked up the past several weeks and we are reading the ball well. Offensively, we are taking better care of the ball and getting better looks throughout the entire game…Coach Cashman and I are very proud of the way we are playing and hopefully we can keep it up the next few weeks.”
Alexis DeTienne led Van-Far in the win with 14 points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists while Jayle Jennings added 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Renee Nelson had nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Jayda Borgmeyer had seven points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block; Jordan Garner had seven points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and two assists; Reaghan Case added three points, one rebound, and one assist; Hailey Hopke added two points and two rebounds; Gina Clausen scored two points and one block; Panna Connaway made one free throw; and Hailey Hopke had two points and two rebounds.
Falling to Mark Twain
The Lady Indians couldn’t maintain the momentum to finish the week with a disappointing 44-26 loss to Mark Twain.
The Lady Tigers led 6-2 at the end of the first quarter before the Lady Indians responded by taking a one point halftime lead.
The second quarter was the only frame that Van-Far scored double-digit points as Mark Twain cruised outscored the Lady Indians 33-14 in the second half.
Mark Twain hit 16 free throws in the win while Van-Far only made 18% of their shots from the field.
“We really struggle defending the post because we are so small inside and this causes us a lot of trouble,” Orf said. “We got great looks all game but couldn’t get anything to fall…We did play great defense and rebounded well. My guards did a great job getting good positioning for rebounds, which is something we have struggled with this season.”
Jennings led Van-Far with eight points, four rebounds, three blocks, and one steal while Garner added seven points, three rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal.
Borgmeyer tallied four points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two assists, and one block; Case had three points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block; Nelson had two points and three rebounds; and DeTienne added one point, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist.