Sandwich (20-11, 8-6 Interstate Eight Conference), which won for the seventh time in eight games, turned the tables on a January loss at Ottawa. It made for a sweet Senior Night for Vana and Ava Knepper, who checked out together with seconds left and then posed for a seemingly endless parade of pictures afterward.
"It felt really good – it was a revenge win," Vana said. "That's all we've been talking about all week."
Vana has had quite a week. On Wednesday she became what is believed to be the third girl in Sandwich history to score her 1,000th career point. She's had a sensational closing kick to get there, averaging 24 points in three wins last week with a career-high 30 against Indian Creek.
"It means a lot; I wasn't really expecting it," Vana said. "My mom asked me a couple weeks ago if I was close and my coach said 'Don't worry about it, I got it handled.'"
Vana had it handled Thursday, as she shot 7-for-11 from the field with a series of moves around and on both sides of the basket. She scored seven points in the third quarter, her spin move extending a four-point halftime lead to 32-25.
"She's just been on fire lately," Sandwich coach Chris Johnson said. "When she makes her move and the spin moves, she's good with both hands, that's tough to guard someone like that."