The Van Buren basketball teams traveled to Donnellson Dec. 4 to face Central Lee before hosting Danville on Friday.
At Central Lee, the Warriors fell behind 12-6 after the first period before rallying for 17 points in the second and 13 in the third to trail by just a possession, 39-36 heading into the fourth. Unfortunately, Central Lee kept Van Buren at arms length and held on for a 54-49 win, the first loss of the season for the Warriors both in SEISC play and overall. Sophomore Isabel Manning had 21 points against Central Lee while junior Taryn Scheuermann added 16 points and each lady grabbed nine rebounds, as well.
Danville came to town on Dec. 7 and never had a chance, losing 58-38 after trailing 12-6 after eight minutes, 24-10 at the half and 45-19 after three quarters of play. The Warriors dynamic duo swapped offensive roles against the Bears, with Scheuermann scoring a team-high 18 points and Manning adding a strong 14 with the girls combining for 17 rebounds, as well.
The guys defeated Central Lee in an exciting barn-burner 70-66 after trailing by two points entering the fourth. The Warriors ran even with the home team with each scoring 19 points in the first quarter before Central Lee took a 5-point lead into the locker room. The Warriors held a 14-11 advantage in scoring during the third period, leaving the road Warriors down just a bucket with eight minutes to play. A 21-15 edge in the fourth gave head coach Fred Parson and his squad their second victory of the year. Senior Mason McDonough had 27 points and 13 rebounds, followed by 14 points from classmate Caleb Johnson and 10 from junior JT Metcalf.
Danville took a 24-16 lead into the second quarter, however, a 20-16 edge for Van Buren kept it close at the half, 40-36. Big offensive outburst from the Bears gave the hosts a 60-49 lead headed to the fourth before the 84-68 final.
Saturday the Warriors traveled to Winfield-Mt. Union to face the Wolves. After leading 17-10 after one quarter and 30-20 at the half, Van Buren outscored W-MU 36-29 in the second half to grab the 66-49 SEISC victory.
The Warriors will travel to Holy Trinity Catholic tonight for a girls/boys double-header.