Van Buren girls start season 2-0
KEOSAUQUA — “Rusty” was the word that came to coach Matt Zeitler’s mind following the Van Buren girls’ 48-30 victory over New London on Saturday.
The Warriors trailed 8-4 after the first quarter and 18-15 at the break, but they more than doubled their point total in the third quarter to take a 31-24 lead. The host squad then scored another 17 points in the final period while holding New London to six more points.
“We couldn’t hit anything to start out with. It took us about three quarters to get going,” said Zeitler. “It’s good to get that first season stuff out of the way. They’re only going to get better.”
Leading the way for the Warriors on Saturday was senior Hanna Haynes, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kaitlyn Johnson scored 13 points with three treys and four assists, and Payten Hughes finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Freshman Sidney Atwood also scored six points on a pair of 3s.
Behind a disruptive defense, the Warriors also prevailed Friday in their season opener vs. Harmony in Farmington.
Haynes scored another 21 points and Johnson added 16 to lead Van Buren past its intra-county rivals 58-16. The Warriors jumped out to a 17-2 advantage after the first quarter and held the Rockets to six total points by halftime.
The Warriors continue their homestand today against Danville.