Though last week’s Bowling Green Tournament didn’t start out the way Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf had hoped, her Lady Indians responded with focus and were determined to win some hardware.
After a first round loss to Elsberry, the Lady Indians outscored their next two opponents 84-39 to win the Consolation title. The wins came over Louisiana and Silex.
“All in all, we played great team basketball against Louisiana and Silex and were able to win consolation and bring home a trophy,” Orf said. “The girls and I hope we can keep up this momentum going into the last month of our season.”
In the Consolation finals, the Lady Indians were effective on the boards and pushing the ball down the floor.
Van-Far opened the game with a 13-2 first quarter lead and duplicated their efforts in the second quarter for a 26-4 halftime edge.
The Lady Indians’ fast break attack didn’t let up in the second half as they outscored the Lady Owls 18-9 for a 44-13 victory.
“Coming back after halftime, we knew we just couldn’t let up and we continued to push the ball and play great defense and were able to get a big win over Silex 44-13,” Orf noted.
“…Our post did a great job keeping Silex off the boards.”
Jayda Borgmeyer led the Lady Indians with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist while Reaghan Case tallied 12 points, seven steals, three assists, and two rebounds.
Jayle Jennings added 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks; Jordan Garner had five points, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Alexis DeTienne had two points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Gina Clausen added two points; Katie Elzea had one rebound and one assist; and both Morgan McDowell and Mackenzie Kurz had two rebounds.
Big win over
Van-Far’s offense struggled early against Louisiana, scoring just two points in the opening quarter and 12 total points in the first half.
Trailing 23-14 at halftime, a different Lady Indians squad exited the locker rooms after halftime.
With shots falling and Van-Far’s offense attacking the basket, the Lady Indians scored 28 second half points.
Van-Far made 7-of-9 free throws and outscored Louisiana 28-10 in the final two quarters for a 40-26 win.
“It was nice to see the girls come out with some fire in the second half and playing like I know they can,” Orf said.
Jennings led Van-Far with a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist while Case tallied 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
Garner had five points, six rebounds, and two steals; DeTienne tallied five points, three rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist; Borgmeyer had four points, nine rebounds, four steals, and one assist; McDowell had two points and two rebounds; Elzea added four rebounds and one steal; while both Kurz and Clausen had one rebound.
Tough loss to
Van-Far struggled scoring in the second half and failed to knock down critical free throws in a disappointing first round loss to Elsberry, 28-25.
Van-Far jumped out to an 11-0 first quarter lead after shutting out Elsberry.
After being up 27-12 at halftime, Elsberry outscored the Van-Far Lady Indians 16-9 in the second half to win the game by three points.
Case led Van-Far in the loss with nine points, two rebounds, and one steal.
Borgmeyer had five points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Jennings had five points, five assists, four rebounds, and one steal; DeTienne added two points, three rebounds, and one steal; Garner had four points, five rebounds, and one steal; and Elzea added two steals and one rebound.