Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf was proud of her team for leaving the Madison Tournament with at least one victory after the Lady Indians beat Madison in the 7th place game, 38-32.
“Our game against Madison wasn’t pretty but we played hard and as a team all four quarters which was really nice to see,” Orf said.
“We did a lot better job scoring and handling the ball… This win is good motivation going into this coming week where we will face Elsberry, South Shelby, and Bowling Green.”
The Lady Indians held a slim 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed the lead to 20-16 at halftime.
Van-Far held on in the second half for the six point win.
Freshman Reaghan Case scored 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.
“Freshman Reaghan Case was named player of the game and continues to impress Coach (Kylie) Epperson and myself,” Orf said.
Breanna Strange added a near double-double with 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Renee Nelson had nine points and seven rebounds; Abilene Gatson had three points, four rebounds, and two assists; Kayelee Harrower had four points, one rebound, one assist, and one block; Annaliese Hubert had five rebounds and three assists; Alexis DeTienne had two rebounds and one assist; Hailey Hopke had two rebounds and one assist; Janie Swarthout added one rebound.
In the consolation semifinals, the Lady Indians lost to Mark Twain, 42-27.
Van-Far scored just two points in the first quarter and were behind 13-10 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers pulled away in the second half to win the game by 15 points.
When Jayda Borgmeyer left the game with an injury, Case stepped in and scored eight points and one assist.
“She did a nice job for us and was our leading scorer,” Orf said.
Gatson had six points, three rebounds, and two assists while Strange tallied five points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
Hubert had four points, two rebounds, and one assist; Nelson had two points and three rebounds; DeTienne tallied two points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; and Harrower had two rebounds and one assist.
Cairo loss in opener
In the first round, the Lady Indians lost 58-16 to a solid Cairo team.
Cairo jumped out to a 24-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in the 42-point win.
“We knew going in that it was going to be a really tough game,” Orf said.
“We struggled breaking the press and couldn’t seem to take care of the ball.”
Case had five points and one assist; Nelson tallied four points, six steals, and one assist; Hubert had three points and three steals; Hopke had two points and four steals; Swarthout added two points; DeTienne had two rebounds; Harrower had three steals and one block; and Strange added eight steals and two assists.