Lady Car­di­nals Bas­ket­ball Col­lects Tour­na­ment Wins

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

SPRING­DALE — One day af­ter open­ing the girls bas­ket­ball sea­son post­ing a 66-49 strat­egy over 3A Green­land, Farm­ing­ton faced an­other tough test against Pu­laski Academy.

Farm­ing­ton (2-0) de­feated Pu­laski Academy, a 4A-5 team, by a score of 78-63 on Satur­day, Nov. 24, 2018, dur­ing the Slim Chick­ens Clas­sic girls bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment hosted by Spring­dale Har-Ber.

The Lady Bru­ins (1-4) dogged Farm­ing­ton se­nior guard Makenna Van­zant lim­it­ing her shot op­por­tu­ni­ties. Van­zant turned the iso­la­tion ef­fort into van­ity. She wisely didn’t force the is­sue. Van­zant took only two shots and made them both, in­clud­ing one 3-pointer tal­ly­ing 7 points with a 2-for-2 trip to the free throw line.

With so much de­fen­sive at­ten­tion fo­cused on pre­vent­ing Van­zant from driv­ing to the hoop, se­nior Madisyn Pense stepped up to pro­vide of­fense from the perime­ter. Pense made 6-of-9 shots from 3-point range scor­ing a team-high 20 points and 5-11 sopho­more Tori Kersey, Farm­ing­ton’s tallest player who missed the Green­land game the day be­fore, re­turned from Thanks­giv­ing to con­trib­ute 18 points on 7-of-9 shoot­ing.

Farm­ing­ton played un­selfish bas­ket­ball rack­ing up 25 as­sists. Pense and sopho­more Trin­ity John­son, daugh­ter of coach Brad John­son, had 5 apiece. The Lady Car­di­nals shot a siz­zling 63 per­cent from the field (27-of43), and got to the free throw line.

Against Green­land, Farm­ing­ton at­tempted only 4 foul shots. The Lady Car­di­nals were 14-of-19 from the char­ity stripe against Pu­laski Academy achiev­ing bal­anced scor­ing with 7 play­ers con­tribut­ing points. Trin­ity John­son made 2-of-4 tries from 3-point land and scored 12 points.

Farm­ing­ton led 19-13 at the end of the first quar­ter, but the Lady Bru­ins re­duced the lead to only 38-36 at half­time. By the end of the third pe­riod Farm­ing­ton had 60 points thanks to a 24-point ex­plo­sion in the quar­ter. Pu­laski Academy trailed by 13 and couldn’t close the gap in the fourth with Farm­ing­ton win­ning, 78-63.

Se­nior guard Mat­tie Hatcher led Pu­laski Academy with 20 points, while fresh­man Tay­lor Her­nan­dez hit five 3-point­ers and added 17.

FARM­ING­TON 78, PU­LASKI ACADEMY 63

P. Academy 13 21 13 16 — 63 Farm­ing­ton 19 17 24 18 — 78 Pu­laski Academy (1-4): Mat­tie Hatcher 20, Tay­lor Her­nan­dez 17. Farm­ing­ton (2-0): Madisyn Pense 7-13 0-0 20, Tori Kersey 7-9 4-6 18, Trin­ity John­son 4-7 2-2 12, Alexis Roach 4-6 1-3 9, Makenna Van­zant 2-2 2-2 7, Au­drey Culpep­per 1-4 4-4 7, El­iza Ball 2-2 1-2 5. To­tals 27-43 14-19 78.

3-point Goals — Farm­ing­ton — 1018 (Pense 6-9, John­son 2-4, Van­zant 1-1, Culpep­per 1-4). Re­bounds — Farm­ing­ton 32 (Van­zant 9). As­sists — Farm­ing­ton 25 (John­son 5, Pense 5). Steals — Farm­ing­ton 8 (Kersey 3). Blocks — Farm­ing­ton 2 (Roach, Van­zant). Turnovers — Farm­ing­ton 21. Fouls — Farm­ing­ton 19.

FARM­ING­TON 66, GREEN­LAND 49

Green­land 12 14 9 14 — 49 Farm­ing­ton 17 25 12 12 — 66 Green­land (3-3): Fiona Wil­son 11 5-5 27, Des­tiny Jack­son 9 2-4 21, Fan­ning 0 1-2 1. To­tals 20 8-10 49. Farm­ing­ton (1-0): Makenna Van­zant 9-15 2-4 24, Madisyn Pense 6-20 0-0 15, Alexis Roach 7-7 0-0 14, Trin­ity John­son 4-11 0-0 9, Au­drey Culpep­per 2-5 0-0 4, Kaci Drain 0-2 0-0 0. To­tals 28-60 2-4 66. 3-point Goals — Green­land — 1 (Jack­son). Farm­ing­ton — 8-26 (Van­zant 4-7, Pense 3-10, John­son 1-6, Culpep­per 0-2). Re­bounds — Farm­ing­ton 34 (Van­zant 11). As­sists — Farm­ing­ton 16 (Culpep­per 5). Steals — Farm­ing­ton 5 (Van­zant 3). Turnovers — Farm­ing­ton 10. Fouls — Green­land 5, Farm­ing­ton 13. FARM­ING­TON —

Farm­ing­ton 67, Huntsville 32

Farm­ing­ton scored the first 16 points of the game and de­fen­sively held Huntsville to sin­gle digit scor­ing in each of the first three quar­ters. Madisyn Thomas broke the ice for Huntsville by drain­ing a 3-pointer at the end of the first quar­ter. Farm­ing­ton then went on an­other 13-2 run stretch­ing its lead to 29-5. The Lady Car­di­nals led 39-11 at the half and 55-19 af­ter three quar­ters.

Farm­ing­ton held Huntsville’s of­fen­sive in check. The Lady Ea­gles shot just 33 per­cent for the game and 25 per­cent be­hind the 3-point line, a statis­tic bol­stered by some late threes against Lady Car­di­nal re­serves in the fourth quar­ter.

FARM­ING­TON 67, HUNTSVILLE 32

Farm­ing­ton 16 23 16 12 — 67 Huntsville 3 8 8 13 — 32 Farm­ing­ton (3-0): Makenna Van­zant 6-12 2-4 17, Madisyn Pense 5-8 0-0 13, Joelle Tid­well 2-4 4-4 8, Trin­ity John­son 3-6 2-2 8, Alexis Roach 3-8 0-0 6, Au­drey Culpep­per 2-2 0-0 4, Tori Kersey 2-4 0-0 4, Amelia Fuqua 1-2 1-2 3, Madi­son Earn­heart 1-1 0-0 2, Camila Gur­rola 1-1 0-1 2, El­iza Ball 0-2 0-0 0. To­tals 26-50 7-11 65. Huntsville (1-4): In­di­vid­ual scor­ing to­tals not avail­able.

3-point Goals — Farm­ing­ton — 8-20 (Pense 3-6, Van­zant 3-6, John­son 2-4, Tid­well 0-1, Roach 0-1, Ball 0-2). Re­bounds — Farm­ing­ton 27 (Roach 7), Huntsville 26. As­sists — Farm­ing­ton 14 (Van­zant 6), Huntsville 9. Steals — Farm­ing­ton 10 (Van­zant 3), Huntsville 3. Turnovers — Farm­ing­ton 8.

Farm­ing­ton 65, Pottsville 54

Pottsville (3-2) has a lot of tra­di­tion fin­ish­ing as the state run­ner-up in 2017 and reach­ing the state semi­fi­nals in Class 4A last year. Drew Sieben­mor­gen was pro­moted to head coach tak­ing over for Chance John­son, who be­came the full-time ath­letic direc­tor at Pottsville.

“A lot of these girls re­turn­ing hadn’t been in big games them­selves, but they’ve seen what the other girls have done, and that’s im­proved them a lot,” Sieben­mor­gen said.

Pottsville’s 5-7 se­nior guard Abby James is vy­ing to land a col­lege schol­ar­ship. Adept at driv­ing to the bas­ket and fin­ish­ing with ei­ther hand, Sieben­mor­gen said the team tries to set her up at the 3-point line.

“She’s a good floor leader, and we’ll go a lot as she goes,” Sieben­mor­gen said.

FARM­ING­TON 65, POTTSVILLE 54

Farm­ing­ton 21 16 21 7 — 65 Pottsville 13 11 17 13 — 54 Farm­ing­ton (4-0): Madisyn Pense 18, Makenna Van­zant 14, Alexis Roach 14, Joelle Tid­well 10, Tori Kersey 5, Au­drey Culpep­per 4. To­tals 65.

Pottsville (3-4): In­di­vid­ual scor­ing to­tals not avail­able.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton ju­nior Makenna Van­zant scored point No. 1,000 of her high school ca­reer dur­ing the Lady Car­di­nals’ 49-36 vic­tory over Clarksville Nov. 30 while com­pet­ing in the Tyson Clas­sic hosted by Pottsville. Van­zant av­er­ages 14.7 through 68 games since break­ing into the start­ing lineup as a fresh­man.

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