The Van-Far Junior High girls basketball team ended their week with a record of 2-2.
Mark Twain Tournament
The Lady Indians played the Highland Lady Cougars in the first round of the Mark Twain Tournament on December 2. Van-Far won the game, 32-29.
Solid defense and taking advantage of Highland’s turnovers gave the Lady Indians an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter.
Although the Lady Indians had trouble at the free throw line, their defense stepped up to prevent a comeback in the second.
The Lady Cougars tried to make a run late in the third quarter, but were held off even though Van-Far struggled with fouls. Highland outscored the Lady Indians 12-10 in the fourth, but the Van-Far girls were able to hold on for the win.
“Not being a second half team is starting to show again, but I am proud of these girls for stepping up when we needed them. We’re finally realizing that if we don’t have our top scorers making our points, someone else has to,” said head coach Allison Allgood.
The leading scorer was Reaghan Case with 13 points and five rebounds. Jayle Jennings scored 10 points, six rebounds, and one steal. Gina Clausen scored five points and three rebounds. Jordan Garner and Alex Connaway both scored two points.
Van-Far played the Canton Lady Tigers in the second round.
The Lady Indians made some big stops in the first quarter, but had a hard time finishing. Canton led 7-3.
Van-Far’s offense continued to struggle in the second and they gave up some big shots from the outside. Canton increased their lead to 15-7.
The Lady Indians were able to make some defensive stops in the third quarter, but still weren’t finishing their plays. The Lady Tigers moved farther ahead 21-12.
Canton dominated the fourth, shutting down the Lady Indians offense to secure the win 27-14.
“We knew this was going to be a big game, but we just didn’t finish our plays, which hurt our offense,” Allgood said.
The leading scorer was Garner with four points and six rebounds. Connaway scored four points and two assists. Jennings and Clausen both scored two points.
Playing for third place, the Lady Indians faced the Palmyra Lady Panthers. Palmyra defeated Van-Far, 36-32. Both teams came out with solid defense. However, some Van-Far turnovers helped Palmyra take an 11-8 lead in the first quarter.
Both teams were playing good offense and defense in the second. Although, missed free throws kept the Lady Indians from moving ahead. At halftime, Palmyra held a three point lead.
The Lady Indians were plagued by fouls in the third quarter. The Lady Panthers made most of the shots at the line to increase their lead by six points.
The Lady Indians scored nine points in the fourth, but missed a couple of last minute shots that could have been the difference maker.
“I’m proud of these girls for not giving up in the fourth quarter. We just had a rough third quarter that came back to haunt us in the end,” Allgood said.
Leading scorer was Garner with 11 points and eight rebounds. Jennings scored eight points and six rebounds. Clausen scored five points and Connaway got four points.
Lady Indians clip Silex
On December 6, the Lady Indians hosted the Silex Lady Owls. Van-Far defeated Silex 41-11.
The Lady Indians took advantage of Silex turnovers and played solid offense in the first quarter to secure a decisive 16-0 lead.
Van-Far’s strong defense continued to made it difficult for Silex to score. Silex was only able to score two points in the second and five points in the third. At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Indians led 37-7.
Even though Van-Far’s defense got tired, they only allowed four points in the fourth to pickup the victory.
“We worked well together as a team tonight. We did a good job of driving to the basket and finding the open person,” Allgood said.
The leading scorer was Garner with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jennings had eight points, five rebounds, and two steals. Case and Clausen both added six points, and Morgan McDowell had four points.