Because of how well the boys team did this season, head coach Kelly Borchert and the Van-Far varsity girls basketball team might feel somewhat overlooked right now.
Considering the overall upswing of the program this season Borchert and her squad have plenty of reasons to feel as though things are looking up. Now the Lady Indians have to go about the business of continuing this trend despite the fact this rosters has five seniors on its, a task thats not impossible, but a challenge none the less.
"This year we saw a lot of hustle and improvements with our younger athletes, which only means good things for the future," said Borchert. "Next year we will have three returning starters who all had a pretty good year. I had another sophomore who was our sixth man who really showed a lot of growth over the year, so I am expecting great things out of her next season."
Of those five upper classmen, two were starters, but all were four-year players. This includes guards Reaghan Case, Alex Connaway and Morgan McDowell and post players Gina Clausen and Kenzie Kurz.
"Our JV team only lost one game last year and they are a hard working bunch because many of their games they only played with six girls so they all got a lot of experience with most of them getting some varsity time, so that will also benefit us next year," Borchert said. "All the young ladies returning next year are going to be assets to the program and with some off season work I believe that we will be better than we have been. We just have to keep working and pick up where we left off this year."
For the year the Lady Indians finished with a record of 10-14 overall, 4-6 Eastern Missouri Conference. Highlights included upseting Mexico at the Gary Filbert Classic on Dec. 16.
"Overall I believe their were a few games that we should have won, but mentally didn't show up for the game," said Borchert. "This season was a bit of an improvement from last year and over the past few years. We have continued to get better and better."