By Ben Murphy
A shorthanded Farwell girls basketball team made easy work of visiting Vestaburg on Tuesday, earning a 43-28 non-conference win.
The Lady Eagles, who were playing without starters Sydney Hurley and Selena DeLeon, wasted no time taking a lead, opening the game with a 12-6 edge after the first quarter a frame in which Kate Saupe scored eight points. Farwell cushioned that lead to 21-12 at the half.
“It was a nice thing to see some other girls step up and carry us through,” Farwell head coach Tom Kleinhardt said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to avoid the flu thus far but it knocked a couple of us out. Hopefully it doesn’t go through the whole team.”
The Lady Eagles put the game away with a 10-4 edge in the third quarter to lead 31-16 entering the fourth. Both teams netted 12 points in the final quarter to account for the final.
Jenna McKinley had 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Saupe and Hamming both finished with eight points, with Saupe adding seven rebounds and three steals and Hamming adding six assists and four steals. Kenda Robinson scored six points and Kleinhardt pointed out the strong play of Jesse Theisen, who was making her first start of the year at point guard.
“She filled in nicely for Hurley,” Kleinhardt said. “She handled her first start really well. I was just really happy with everybody’s performance.”
On Thursday, Jan. 17 Farwell fell to visiting Gladwin, 48-22 in Jack Pine Conference play.
A bad first quarter put the Lady Eagles behind 19-6, with the teams playing to a 31-18 score at the half. Farwell fell behind 39-18 after three quarters and failed to score a point in the final frame.
Hamming led the team with six points while Nina Buccilli had five.
Farwell (5-6 overall, 3-5 JPC) played at Houghton Lake on Thursday and host Beaverton on Tuesday.