Games on back-to-back nights translated to a losing formula for the Farwell Lady Eagles Tuesday night, falling to host Montabella 49-31 in a non-conference basketball game.
“We were in the game for the first half, we just couldn’t match the intensity that Montabella was able to bring,” Farwell head coach Tom Kleinhardt said. “They’re a nice ball club, their top five players are all good and pretty experienced.”
The Eagles led for portions of the first half but trailed 12-8 after the first and fell behind 25-20 at the half. Montabella pulled away for the win with a 9-4 edge in the third quarter and 15-7 edge in the fourth.
“We’re improving every game, I could see some bright spots and we have to grow off those things,” Kleinhardt said.
Caron White paced Farwell with 10 points and nine rebounds, Jenna McKinley had eight points and Kate Saupe had two points and eight rebounds.
On Monday, the Eagles dropped a 34-29 home Jack Pine Conference contest to Beaverton.
Farwell led 10-8 after the first, 18-16 at the half, 27-25 entering the fourth and still led with two minutes to go, before Beaverton netted five-of-six free-throws down the stretch to steal the win.
“I don’t know what our problem was, we just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop,” Kleinhard said. “We got our shots, we just weren’t hitting them.”
Saupe had 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals, Sydney Hurley had five points with White adding four points and 11 boards.
On Thursday, Jan. 31 the Eagles earned a 61-20 in a JPC contest at Harrison.
The Eagles dominated the night, outscoring Harrison 12-3 in the first and led 25-7 at the half and 40-16 entering the fourth.
“We had a great night, the girls really came to play,” Kleinhardt said. “Saupe was a beast, I was really proud of what she brought to the table, she was strong all night long.”
Saupe finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and three steals and Jenna Hamming had 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists.
Harrison had Hillary Brewer score eight points and get 11 rebounds and Olivia Sharp had five points.
Farwell (7-8 overall, 5-7 JPC), hosted Meridian on Thursday and play at Beal City on Tuesday.