Because it's been miserable for every team that's had to play the Clopton varsity girls basketball team this season, Van-Far is going to have something extra special to offer if its going to have any chance of pulling off an upset tonight.
Being in unfriendly territory probably isn't going to help the Lady Indians, either, but one source of comfort this squad can always turn to is Jayle Jennings. At home against Wellsville-Middletown on Feb. 6 in their Pink Out game the guard gave a 15-point performance with six rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Jordan Garner also had 10 points, five steals, two rebounds and one assist against that day to help Van-Far defeat the Lady Tigers 58-37.
"My sophomores Jennings and Garner had good games against Wellsville-Middletown," said caoch Kelly Orf. "We played very under controleven when the game started to get rough. We were able to get a nice Eastern Missouri Conference win."
Against Bowling Green on Feb. 9 the Lady Indians didn't faire nearly as well, losing 59-33. The teams one saving grace that day was Reaghan Case, a junior guard who scored 10 with two rebounds and a block.
"Reaghan Case shot the ball well against Bowling Green," Orf said. "Bowling Green has a lot of height and we struggled against it."
That day Jayda Borgmeyer also five points, five rebounds and one assist, Alexis DeTienne added four points, two boards and two steals and Katie Elzea pulled down four rebounds, three points and a block.
Clopton, on the other hand, is 22-1 overall, 8-0 Eastern Missouri Conference according to www.maxpreps.com. The good news for Van-Far is that Lady Hawks finally lost a game this season at Warrenton 48-35 on Feb. 8. The bad news is the team won 20 straight games prior to that and has won two in-a-row since.
Currently Clopton is the 38th ranked team in the state and has an 11-person roster. Among the contributors in 2016-17 have been Katie McCoy, Cassie Brown and Kaitlynn Kuntz. Because this team has such strong skill sets across the board, Ashtyn Lagemann, Jillian Lockard and Tori Werkmeister could also be the ones representing the squad tonight at home, an opportunity that's just as likely to be seized by Kassie McGuire, Calynn Lockard and Katelynn Hammett.