Lady Cards Cel­e­brate Van­zant Mile­stone

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

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton locked down on de­fense, creat­ing three straight Alma turnovers trans­form­ing those pos­ses­sions into points to be­gin the third quar­ter with 7 unan­swered points.

That run spurred a strong sec­ond half as Farm­ing­ton pulled away from a 23-23 half­time tie to down for­mer 5A West foe, Alma, 60-44 Dec. 4 at Car­di­nal Arena. Sopho­more Trin­ity John­son drew a charge, which com­bined with

Makenna Van­zant’s steal al­lowed the Lady Cards to gain sep­a­ra­tion on the score­board. Joelle Tid­well drove around a de­fender on the base­line for a layup. Madisyn Pense got a step and went down the lane fin­ish­ing with her right hand. Trin­ity John­son twice hit 3-point­ers and Pense added a trey of her own to stake Farm­ing­ton out to a 44-36 lead at the end of the third quar­ter al­though Alma made a 7-2 run.

Farm­ing­ton re­sponded by fash­ion­ing a 7-0 run repli­cat­ing the be­gin­ning of the third quar­ter. Farm­ing­ton found Tori Kersey alone ahead of the pack and she con­verted a left-handed layup. Pense busted a tri­fecta from the left cor­ner and se­nior Alexis Roach, who scored 9 points, had a key bucket to com­plete a fast-break that started with Makenna Van­zant’s out­let to Pense, who found Roach. Trin­ity John­son, daugh­ter of Farm­ing­ton coach Brad John­son, nailed an­other tri­fecta down the stretch.

With Alma se­nior Cas­sidy Cooper con­cen­trat­ing on keep­ing Van­zant in check, who was hon­ored for scor­ing her 1,000th point the pre­vi­ous week in a tour­na­ment at Pottsville, Farm­ing­ton spread the ball around. Van­zant scored only 5 points, mark­ing the sec­ond time this sea­son she has been held be­low dou­ble fig­ures; but Farm­ing­ton won both times.

Pense scored 14 points and Tid­well added 11. Trin­ity John­son chipped in 9 and her class­mate Kersey had 8.

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