The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball nearly picked up a victory last week when it traveled to Center, Missouri to take on Mark Twain.
Van-Far trailed by just four points at halftime before cutting the lead to 24-22 by the end of the third quarter.
Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers took advantage of Van-Far’s turnovers and missed free throws to hold on for a 34-30 victory.
“We played great defense against Mark Twain,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf. “We shut down their post players that really hurt us the first time we played them. We played great team basketball and gave it our all the entire game, which is all you can ask for as a coach…I am very proud of how we played and glad to see the improvements we have made in practice show during the game.”
Breanna Strange led the Lady Indians with 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Abilene Gatson tallied six points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Jayda Borgmeyer had three points, five rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Annaliese Hubert had three points, seven rebounds, and two assists; Hailey Hopke added two points, two rebounds, and one steal; Kayelee Harrower had two points, five rebounds, and two assists; and Renee Nelson had one point, five rebounds, one steal, and one assist.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Indians hosted a “Paint it Pink” night when they battled Montgomery County at home.
While the evening featured many great ways to bring awareness to the fight against cancer, the game itself was a struggle for Van-Far, especially in the second half.
The Lady Indians trailed by just three at the end of the first quarter before falling behind by six at halftime. The Lady Wildcats used their size in the second half to outscore Van-Far 28-16 in a 55-37 victory.
“We played well the first half but struggled scoring (in) the second half,” Orf said. “Montgomery has pretty good size and that really hurt us inside. We are working better as a team and that is something we need going into the end of the season.”
Strange had a solid game with 13 points and seven rebounds while Nelson chipped in seven points and one rebound.
Gatson had six points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Borgmeyer tallied five points, four rebounds, one steal, and one block; Autumn Sutton had two points; Janie Swarthout had two points and one rebound; Hubert tallied one point, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Alexis DeTienne had one point; Reaghan Case had one rebound and one assist; and Harrower had three rebounds.