The week began last week for the Van-Far Junior High girls basketball program when the 8th grade squad took on Clopton last Wednesday night.
With just a couple of returning players, the Lady Indians ran into a tough Lady Hawks squad.
Van-Far trailed 14-3 at the end of the first quarter before trading baskets on the road before halftime in a 24-13 game.
Van-Far did put together a solid fourth quarter but lost 45-29.
“We did well handling the ball but couldn’t finish our shots,” said head coach Allison Allgood. “We had a hard time controlling their point guard the whole night.”
Jayle Jennings led the Lady Indians with 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Jordan Garner tallied 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
One night later, the Lady Indians struggled with Bowling Green’s press. Van-Far trailed 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and 21-2 at halftime. Bowling Green pulled away late in a 48-17 win.
“We looked good at times but our age and experience really showed,” Allgood noted. “I think we will come along as the season progresses and we face teams that we actually can compete with. I look forward to watching these girls mature as the season goes on.”
Jennings led Van-Far in the loss with six points and four rebounds. Garner had five points and six rebounds while Alivia Graddy tallied five points and three rebounds.
On Friday night, the Lady Indians’ 7th grade team traveled to Winfield for their season opener and picked up a win.
Van-Far led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter before their defensive pressure began to open up good shots for the offense.
The Lady Indians led 18-9 at halftime. They outscored Winfield 14-9 in the second half and held on for a 32-18 win.
“I am proud of the hustle these young ladies played with,” Allgood said. “They were very aggressive and never let up. I think if we play like this every game, we will have a successful season.”
Alivia Graddy led the offense with 17 points and six rebounds. Aubrey Bunge tallied six points and four rebounds while Alyse Jensen scored six points and four rebounds.
This past Monday night, the 7th grade used full court pressure to help them pick up a 26-16 win over North Callaway. Van-Far led 10-7 at halftime after capitalizing off a few Lady Thunderbirds mistakes. The Lady Indians scored 12 points in the third before holding on with defensive stops late for a 10-point win.
“My point guards really stepped up tonight by making big outside shots and driving in while drawing the foul,” Allgood said. “We can’t always rely on our post players to do the work.”
Kayla McAfee led Van-Far with 15 points and two steals. Graddy had eight points with six rebounds while Bunge tallied three points and four rebounds.
The 8th grade team gave it everything they had before falling 30-26.
Early pressure on the ball gave the Lady Indians a 9-7 lead in the first quarter. In spite of a couple of turnovers, the Lady Indians led 15-14 at halftime. North Callaway kept possession at the end of the game and held on for a four point win.
“This was a tough loss for this group,” Allgood said. “…It might not have been a win in the book, but I saw a lot of good things from everyone on this team that I hadn’t saw yet this year.”
Garner scored 16 points and five rebounds. Jennings had six points, four assists, and two steals.