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Farwell girls bounced by Gladwin

They had the lead early, but the Farwell girls basketball team let it slip away, falling to the host Gladwin Flying G’s 45-27 Friday night.

“There were some good things that we did, we have something to build on,” Farwell head coach Tom Kleinhardt said. “I think starting off our first game in conference was a little bit of a disadvantage for us but that’s the way it goes, that was the hand we were dealt.”

The Lady Eagles led 12-6 after the first quarter of the game that doubled as their season and Jack Pine Conference opener, but a Gladwin rally put Farwell behind 18-16 at the break.

The Lady G’s cushioned their lead to 31-25 after a 13-9 edge in the third quarter and put the game away by holding Farwell to just two points in the final frame.

The Lady Eagles shot just five-for-16 from the free-throw line, something the coach plans to work on.

“We were getting to the hole, we had a lot of good interior passing which got us to the line a bunch but if you shoot 31 percent it’s not going to get the job done,” Kleinhardt said, adding he wants his team to rebound better too. “We’ve got to do a better job of sealing out and taking care of the boards. We gave Gladwin a lot of second chance opportunities. We’re going to get better across the board.”

Jenna Hamming led the Eagles with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Caron White had seven points and seven rebounds with Selena Deleaon and Kate Saupe both adding three points.

Farwell (0-1 overall, 0-1 JPC) hosts JPC opponent Houghton Lake tonight (Friday) and plays at Beaverton on Tuesday.