MADISON — Van Junior-Senior High School girls’ basketball (1-1) played an invitational game against Wirt County (0-4) on Friday, Dec. 13.

The Lady Dogs were coming off their first win of the season away versus Man in the second of their six-game opening away trip. Wirt, meanwhile, lost its previous game against Ravenswood.

Van came right out of the gate with a 13-point first quarter, led by senior Karlie LaFauci. The four-year starter scored 8 points, with sophomore Alyssa Sampson and senior Abby Sampson adding to the score with 2 and 3 points, respectively. Junior Emma Wyer managed to score 6 points for the Lady Tigers, but they were held to 7 points total.

Wirt County shot for an improved 10 points in quarter two, but Van remained consistent and scored another 13 to bring the game to 26-17 by the end of the first half.

After the break, Wirt County freshman Meredith Cottrell sank three, 3-shot attempts in a 15-point showing in the second half alone, but remained the team’s only prominent scorer over this time. Meanwhile, Van’s scoring spread out a little more among the team. Over the rest of the game, the Lady Dogs scored another 27 to bring the contest to its final score of 53-35, and giving the team their second win of their 2019-20 campaign.

“We came out hot in the first quarter and then slowed down in the second,” says Van Head Coach Stephanie LaFauci. “We have some work to do as far as conditioning, but we’re coming around.”

Karlie LaFauci led scoring with a dominant 24-point game, while also tallying 6 rebounds.

Abby Sampson also made a strong showing, stepping up and using ball handling effectively to contribute 11 points. Sophomore Jazmyn Gibson led Van in rebounds with 8. Meredith Cottrell was Wirt County’s lead scorer with 16, followed by Emma Wyer with 11.

Van (3-1) plays their sixth and final opening away game at Buffalo (2-1) on December 19 at 6 p.m. Wirt County (0-5) plays Williamstown (3-0) away on the same night.