By Ben Murphy
For the first half of Wednesday night’s district semi-final at Reed City, the Farwell girls played with unbeaten Big Rapids almost evenly, even leading at times. However, the second half the Lady Cardinals took control of the game, eliminating the Lady Eagles 57-33.
“They’re a good team and we didn’t do a good job keeping their bigs off the boards and that hurt us,” Farwell head coach Tom Kleinhardt said. “You can’t give teams like that second and third chances.”
Jenna Hamming helped Farwell get off to a strong start, netting two field-goals in the first quarter with Nina Buccilli, Jenna McKinley and Kate Saupe all hitting field-goals as well to give the Eagles a 10-9 lead after the first.
Caron White scored four points in the second, Hamming added two more and Saupe hit a free-throw, but that was all the offense Farwell could manage as it fell behind 23-17 at the half.
“We did what we wanted to do, we handled their pressure pretty well and we did enough good things early on but you just can’t stay at that pace with as young as we are,” Kleinhardt said.
White and Saupe had four points apiece in the third but Big Rapids took control of the game with a big 19-point quarter to take a 42-25 lead entering the fourth.
The Cardinals continued to build their lead in the final quarter, though Farwell got baskets by Hamming, Selena DeLeon Nina Buccilli and Saupe to finish off the night.
The Eagles were led by Saupe with nine points, White and Hamming both had eight Buccilli had four, with McKinley and DeLeon both netting two. White and Saupe both had eight rebounds with Hamming adding seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.
“I don’t want tonight to end (but) I’m excited about our future,” Kleinhardt said. “We have a lot of youth with three juniors, four sophomores and a freshman coming back.”
Farwell ends its season 9-11 overall and 7-7 in the Jack Pine Conference.