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Van-Far girls play hard in tough loss

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

Van-Far’s Brooke Johnson, left, and Kambrie Hartsell, far right, close in on a Wellsville player.

The young Van-Far Lady Indians varsity girls basketball team had a promising first quarter against Wellsville but couldn’t make up a near 10-point deficit through the remaining three quarters, falling 40-31 to the Lady Tigers on Friday, December 7 at Wellsville.

The Lady Indians trailed by just two points at the end of the first quarter at 11-9 with Wellsville pulling ahead with a 16-7 drive to finish the half up 27-16. Van-Far put up five points in the third quarter, trailing Wellsville still by 12 points. The Lady Indians’ fourth quarter, ten-point rally wasn’t enough to finish the game with a win in the nine point loss.

“I saw a lot more heart than I’ve seen in the last few games,” Van-Far head coach Sarah Asbury said.

“Our shooting has improved and we did a lot better of a job boxing out. Being a young team, the players tend to be nervous on press defense. We need to learn how to slow down and relax on press.”

Ciara Craven posted nine points and five rebounds for the Lady Indians.

Breanna Strange tallied nine points with six rebounds; Renee Nelson had six points with 12 rebounds; and Brooke Johnson totaled five points with seven rebounds for the night.

“We’ve discussed taking a lot more shots and we had a lot more rebounds” Asbury noted as an improvement over previous games.

She said the Lady Indians are also working on being more aggressive on defense. Van-Far’s varsity girls squad is 0-3 on the season.