The Van-Far Lady Indians’ basketball team was unable to leave the Palmyra Tournament last week with a victory after dropping games to the host Lady Panthers and Mark Twain.
In the first round, Van-Far was unable to gain much traction in a 65-19 loss to the Lady Panthers.
“The girls played hard against Palmyra,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “They are a really good ball club, but the Lady Indians went out and hustled and never quit. We are still struggling with taking care of the ball and we are working hard to improve on this.”
Breanna Strange led the Lady Indians with nine points, six rebounds, and one steal while Brooke Johnson had four points and three rebounds.
Haven Atkinson had two points and six rebounds; both Jayda Borgmeyer and Ciara Craven had two points; and both Abbey Robinson and Chevi Windland had one rebound.
In the consolation semifinals, Van-Far outscored Mark Twain in the third quarter to cut the lead to four points but was unable to get any closer in a 32-23 loss.
Van-Far trailed by eight points at halftime.
“The Lady Indians played hard until the very end and they did a much better job taking care of the basketball,” Orf said. “We played very tough defense the whole game and we have shown a lot of improvement since we played Mark Twain in our season opener. The girls are working very hard in practice and continue to improve.”
Strange led Van-Far with six points and 11 rebounds while Johnson tallied six points and nine rebounds. Renee Nelson had four points and three rebounds; Borgmeyer had three points and one rebound; Abilene Gatson scored two points and five rebounds; Annaliese Hubert scored two points and four rebounds; Robinson had two points; and Craven had two rebounds.