Van-Far’s 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams each picked up wins last week as they opened their season.
Sweeping Bowling Green
Against Bowling Green, the 7th grade team struggled early on defense as the Lady Indians trailed 11-9 at halftime.
After discussing the importance of running their offense at halftime, Van-Far’s 7th grade girls responded.
Van-Far outscored Bowling Green 9-4 in the third quarter before holding on for a 27-15 victory.
“I’m very proud of the 7th graders,” said Van-Far head coach Allison Allgood.
“They worked well as a team and found the open girl…”
Haley Baskett led the team with 13 points while both Abigail Hunn and Devyn Keller scored six points.
The 8th grade girls basketball team used their pressure defense to score points on the offensive side of the ball in transition.
Van-Far jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead before pushing their lead to 26-10 at halftime.
The Lady Indians held on to win, 40-24.
“I’m very proud of these 8th graders,” Allgood said. “…They did a great job of pushing the ball up the court and setting up their offense.”
Shaylee Chandler and Emma Barnes each scored 10 points while Baskett had eight points.
On Friday night, the Lady Indians struggled to get shots to fall early and held a slim 9-8 lead at halftime against Winfield.
Van-Far pushed the lead to four points at the end of the third quarter before outscoring the Lady Warriors 6-0 in the fourth for a 21-11 victory.
“We are starting to look like a team,” Allgood noted.
“Everyone is doing their job and I think we’ll only improve as the season continues. They never gave up even when their shots weren’t falling.”
Baskett scored seven points and Keller added six points in the win.
Losing to Clopton
The 8th grade girls lost to Clopton in double overtime one year earlier and wanted to avenge that loss last Wednesday.
Clopton led 8-4 at the end of the first quarter before Van-Far rallied to take an 11-10 halftime lead.
The key to Van-Far’s push was they started making shots and did a solid job of driving to the basket and drawing fouls.
After halftime, the Lady Indians went up 19-17 but they were unable to pull away.
Coach Allgood told her girls that they needed to put Clopton away but they were unable to do so as they sent the Lady Hawks too many times to the free throw line.
Clopton then hit a last-second shot to win, 28-27.
“It was a heartbreaking loss but it all came down to a fundamental play,” Allgood said. “You have to always block the shooter out. Never give up a second shot. I’m very proud at their effort.”
Allgood said her team was battling through sickness and foul trouble really hurt the squad.
She expects her team to learn from the experience and get better from there.
Panna Connaway scored nine points and Barnes added seven.