The Van-Far girls basketball team faced a larger school in Montgomery County and a familiar face in Lady Wildcats head coach Joe Basinger last Monday night in Vandalia.
In spite of the unique challenge against a well-coached and much improved Lady Wildcats team, the Lady Indians used the support from their home crowd to pull out a big 68-55 victory.
“We played a great game offensively against Montgomery County,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “We got good looks at the basket, drove the lane, and did a great job rebounding and putting shots back up…We pushed the ball down the floor well and were able to score on our break. All in all, this is the best all-around game we have played all season.”
Van-Far led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter before pushing their lead to three points at halftime.
The Lady Indians began to take over in the third quarter as they pushed their edge to 10 points.
Van-Far outscored Montgomery County 20-17 in the fourth quarter and held on for the big win.
Jayda Borgmeyer led Van-Far with a double-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and one assist while Jayle Jennings tallied nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal.
“Jayda Borgmeyer had a phenomenal game with 26 points and 10 rebounds,” Orf noted.
Jordan Garner added eight points, two assists, and one rebound; Reaghan Case had eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block; Alexis DeTienne had seven points, four rebounds, three steals, and three assists; Katie Elzea added eight points and two rebounds; and Gina Clausen had two points and one rebound.
Falling to Mark Twain
At the end of the week, the Lady Indians traveled to Center, Mo. and lost a tough game to Mark Twain, 68-52.
Mark Twain jumped out to an early 16-9 edge in the first quarter before Van-Far rallied for a one-point halftime lead.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers took over in the third quarter with a 29-point frame before outscoring the Lady Indians 44-27 for a 16-point win.
“We played a pretty good first half, but we soon got into foul trouble which really hurt us the second half,” Orf said. “We did a decent job scoring the whole game but being in foul trouble hurt us defensively.”
Garner led Van-Far with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while DeTienne added 11 points and five rebounds.
“Jordan Garner and Lexi DeTienne had good games against Mark Twain,” Orf noted.
Borgmeyer tallied eight points, five assists, and three rebounds; Jennings scored eight points, four assists, two rebounds, and one steal; Case had six points, three rebounds, and two assists; Morgan McDowell scored two points; and both Mackenzie Kurz and Clausen had one rebound.