Farwell girls win nailbiter, 47-44

Farwell built a lead for most of the game but had to hold on for dear life, narrowly winning a 47-44 Jack Pine Conference girls basketball contest at Houghton Lake on Thursday, Jan. 24.

“We were playing shorthanded again, Sydney Hurley was just coming back (from being sick) and she provided us with a lot of help at the point,” Farwell head coach Tom Kleinhardt said. “She was probably 50 percent (health-wise), if that. She was a warrior for even being at the game.”

Jenna McKinley scored 11 first quarter point to help get the Eagles on top 17-6 after the first quarter, and Farwell held a 24-15 lead at the half.

The Eagles led 36-24 entering the fourth quarter, but Houghton Lake came back to tie the game at 44-all in the game’s final minute.

Jenna Hamming stole the ball from a H-L player in the game’s final seconds and raced coast-to-coast for a layup to put Farwell up 46-44.

McKinley added an insurance free-throw to make it 47-44, and H-L’s game tying possession failed as time ran out.

“That was a big win for us,” Kleinhardt said. “We played short a couple girls but we had some others step up. To win shorthanded on the road against a Jack Pine foe is big.”

McKinley finished with 20 points, Kate Saupe had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Caron White had six points and seven rebounds and Hamming had four points and five boards.

Farwell (6-6 overall, 4-5 JPC) had its home game on Tuesday against Beaverton postponed to Monday. The Lady Eagles played at Harrison on Thursday and at Montabella on Tuesday.