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Van-Far Lady Indians Eliminated In Opener; Boys Team Slated To Face Clopton In First Round

The seventh seeded Van-Far girls were eliminated from the MSHSAA Class 2, District 6 Tournament in the opening round on Monday at the hands of the number two seed Paris Lady Coyotes, 59-23.

The Lady Indians were out-gunned in the opening quarter as four different Coyotes scored to pace Paris to a 15-3 lead after eight minutes.

The only Van-Far player to score in the quarter was Katie Elzea, dropping in a bucket and hitting on one of two free throws.

The second quarter was more of the same from Paris, frustrating the lower seeded Indians on the offensive end while piling on another twenty points before halftime.

Elzea stayed at fifty percent from the free throw line for two more points and Jayle Jennings scored twice late for four points.

The Lady Indians went to the locker room facing a 35-9 deficit.

Van-Far had their most productive quarter in the third, doubling their score with nine points as Jennings added five more and Alivia Graddy dropped in a pair of buckets. The offense was more than offset by a seventeen point quarter from the Lady Coyotes.

Paris managed just seven points from their bench in the final frame, but still won the quarter, allowing only five points to the Indians.

Jordan Garner scored two, as did Elzea, while Jennings hit a free throw to reach double figures with ten points in the game.

Paris will face (3)Clopton in the semifinals, while the Lady Indians season came to an end with a 10-14 record.

The Lady Indians will graduate Gina Clausen, Kinzie Kurz, Morgan McDowell and starters Reaghan Case and Alex Connaway at the end of the current term.

The second-seeded Van-Far Indians will kick off their district tournament tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 21) against (7) Clopton at 7 p.m. The game will be featured on TribCast and find more highlights from district action in next week’s edition of the Trib.

If the Indians advance they will play in the semifinal game against the winner of the 3/6 game between Louisiana and Paris on Friday. The championship game is slated for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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