The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team nearly won its second game in a row last week when they battled Elsberry.
Van-Far trailed 26-17 at halftime before rallying from nine points down to take a 31-30 lead heading into the final frame.
Both teams exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter and the game remained tied at the end of regulation at 43-43.
In overtime, Elsberry made two big 3-pointers and held on to knock off Van-Far, 56-49.
“Our game against Elsberry really showed the team (what) we have worked so hard to become,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf. “…Coach (Kylie) Epperson and myself are very proud of the team we saw play Monday and (are) proud that they are playing at the potential we know they can.”
Three Van-Far players scored in double figures. Breanna Strange had a double-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, and two assists while Abilene Gatson led the team with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Jayda Borgmeyer added 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists; Kayelee Harrower scored four points, two rebounds, and one steal; Annaliese Hubert had three points and four rebounds; Renee Nelson had two points and four rebounds; and Reaghan Case added two rebounds and one assist.
Loss to South Shelby
The Lady Indians second loss of the week came at the hands of South Shelby on the road.
Van-Far actually led by four points at halftime before struggling offensively in the second half while turning the ball over too many times.
South Shelby outscored Van-Far 30-8 in the final two quarters for a 43-25 win.
“We played a great first half and came out and scored and ran our offense and played good defense,” Orf said. “The second half, we struggled scoring and turned the ball over, which cost us the game.”
Gatson scored a team-high eight points with two assists, one rebound, and one steal while Strange tallied four points, nine rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Hubert had four points and four rebounds; Borgmeyer scored three points, three rebounds, and one assist; Nelson added three points and five rebounds; Alexis DeTienne scored two points and four rebounds; Hailey Hopke had six rebounds; Case tallied one rebound and one assist; and Janie Swarthout added one rebound.
Bowling Green loss
The Lady Indians ran into a strong Bowling Green girls basketball team last Friday night on the road and left with a tough 51-19 loss.
Van-Far trailed 25-11 at halftime before being outscored 26-8 in the second half in the 51-19 loss.
“We played pretty good defense but really struggled rebounding, which is something that we usually do well,” Orf said. “We didn’t play the basketball that we know how to play and it cost us another loss.”
Borgmeyer paced Van-Far with six points, two rebounds, and one steal while Strange added four points, three rebounds, and two steals.
Gatson had four points, three rebounds, and one steal; Case scored three points; Hubert had two points and two rebounds; Hopke added two rebounds; and both DeTienne and Harrower had one rebound.