The Bowling Green Tournament ended much different than it began for the Van-Far varsity girls basketball team, and that was a good things because it meant it won the consolation game against Louisiana on Friday 57-40.
Using Jayle Jennings 19 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal, the Lady Indians ledthroughout in this contest, including 12-7 in the first, 25-22 in the second and 44-29 in the third. Van-Far then parlayed Reghan Case's 12 points and five rebounds for the game into qa 13-11 advantage in the fourth.
"The consolation game started out with us battling to keep our lead over Louisiana at the half. But, we came out hot in the third quarter and outscored them 19-3," said coach Kelly Borchert. "The girls played another great night of team basketball. We moved the ball well and hit our shots from the perimeter. We also did a nice job finishing underneath the basket. Coach (Sam) Utterback and I are hoping that we keep up this momentum going into these last few weeks of the regular season."
The rest of this incredible cast featured Jordan Garner living the high life with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, Katie Elzea gave an eight point performance with 10 rebounds and three steals and Gina Clausen charted three pointstwo boards and one assist. Alivia Graddy and Morgan McDowell charted two points each, as well.
"We not only won Consolation but the boys and girls teams from Van-Far received the Sportsmanship Award for the Tournament," Borchert said. "Jayle Jennings also ended the week with 45 points, 21 rebounds, seven steals and eight assists."
On Jan. 24 in the second round of this event the Lady Indians blasted Winfield 58-25 as Garner enjoyed a 19-point showing with 10 rebounds and Elzea was key with 13 boards and eight points. Jennings also impressed the crowd with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Case scored six woth five rebounds.
"Wednesday night was a different story. We played great under control offense against Winfield. We moved the ball well and were hitting our shots from the perimeter and getting the ball inside to our post," said Borchert. "Garner had another big night and Jennings also had a big night . We also shot 82 percent from the line."
Last week in round one of this tourney Van-Far lost to Elsberry 41-27 despite 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists by Garner. Jennings also was good for six points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists and Case came through with five points, two boards, two steals and two assists.
"We started out a little slow at the Bowling green Tournament," Borchert said."We couldn't get going against Elsberry and besides 15 points from Garner the rest of the Lady Indians had trouble scoring."
Van-Far was at Montgomery County for an Eastern Missouri Conference game on Monday.