After picking up three tough losses in last week’s Madison Tournament, Van-Far head girls basketball coach knows her team has some things to work on with two more regular season tournaments in January.
Her focal point is rebounding, scoring quickly, and pushing the ball down the floor as the Lady Indians build on their experience from Madison.
In the 7th place game against Class 5 school Battle JV, the Lady Indians trailed by just two points at the end of the first quarter in a game without point guard Jayle Jennings, who averages around 12 points per game.
With the game tied at 22-22 at halftime, Battle JV outscored the Lady Indians 20-9 in the final 16 minutes for the 42-31 win.
“We struggled scoring,” Orf said. “We also didn’t shoot very well from the free throw line and this is something we had been doing very well…We also rebounded better this game (than) we had all week at the tournament. We just need to get everything firing on one cylinder.”
Jordan Garner led the Lady Indians with a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and one steal.
Reaghan Case had eight points, three rebounds, and one steal; Alexis DeTienne added six points, four rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Jayda Borgmeyer had two points, three steals, two assists, and one rebound; Morgan McDowell had one point and one steal; Katie Elzea added three rebounds, two assists, and one block; and Gina Clausen had one rebound and one steal.
The Lady Indians lost in the Consolation semifinals to Paris 49-41 in spite of trailing by just two points at the end of the first quarter.
Paris outscored Van-Far 20-11 in the final three quarters for the win.
“We played three really good quarters against Paris,” Orf noted. “…We did a good job breaking the press but then struggled scoring off of it.”
Jennings did play in this game and led the team with 19 points, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist.
Garner added eight points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Borgmeyer had eight points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Elzea added four points and two rebounds; Clausen chipped in two points and one steal; Case added two rebounds and two steals; and DeTienne added one steal and one block.
In the first round, the Lady Indians ran into eventual Madison Tournament champion Cairo and lost 55-43.
Cairo jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in the 12-point win.
“As a team we did not come out and play very aggressive the first half,” Orf said. “After halftime, we were a completely different team we were more aggressive on defense and handled the ball better on offense. The girls never gave up and hustled until the very end of the game. We were down by 18 points at one point in time and came back within 4, but just couldn’t get a hold of the lead. I am very proud of how hard we worked this game and how far we have come this season. If the girls continue to work this hard, the outcomes of the game will soon change.”
Borgmeyer led Van-Far with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Case added eight points and one steal.
DeTienne had seven points and two rebounds; Garner had seven points and one rebound; Jennings had six points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Elzea added four points and four rebounds; Alex Connaway had one assist; Morgan McDowell had one rebound and one steal; and Clausen added one steal.