By Dave Wagner
FARWELL — One possession just before halftime helped Farwell’s girls take control against Springlake-Earth.
Senior Nikki Gober grabbed an offensive rebound and pitched the ball out to freshman Britton Barrett, who banged in a 3-pointer from the left wing — one of only two 3-point baskets by the Lady Blue all night.
On the play, teammate Bea Garcia was fouled off the ball and converted both free throws, and Farwell went on to a 51-36 District 3-1A win over the Lady Wolverines.
The five-point possession extended a two-point lead to seven, marking the first time either team had led by more than four, and Springlake-Earth (12-7, 1-2) never got any closer.
While Farwell’s perimeter game was not working Friday night, the Lady Blue (11-11, 3-0) rode a balanced attack to victory, led by 10 points each from Gober and senior Chelsea Meyer.
“It was one of my better games,” said Gober, who hit 5-of-6 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. “We had a rough start at the beginning of the season, but I think things are picking up for us.”
Tuesday night, the Lady Blue visits Sudan (18-4, 3-0) in a district showdown, and Gober is hoping her team can accomplish a first.
“We’ve never won against Sudan,” she said. “It’ll be tough competition for us, but I know we can do it.”
The teams met in a recent tournament at Littlefield, with the Hornettes winning by eight points.
“They’ll be out to get us,” Farwell assistant coach Korey Conklin said. “We know what to expect from them, and hopefully we’ll play a good game. We just have to get geared up and ready to play.
“We had some leaders step up tonight. Nikki was all over the place. Every time I looked up, she was where the ball was.”
Neither team got ahead by more than two points until Farwell strung together a 6-0 run for a 17-13 lead with 1:40 left in the half.
After a basket by Springlake-Earth sophomore Courtney Miller, the five-point possession followed. Farwell opened a 10-point lead in the first minute of the third quarter and led by double figures over the final 12 1/2 minutes.
The Lady Wolverines have put together a good record despite a young roster which had two freshmen and two sophomores in Friday’s starting lineup. The only senior comes off the bench.
Meantime, six of Farwell’s nine players are seniors.
“I think a big difference was our experience, and they’re kind of young,” Conklin said. “They’ll be a factor next year when they have more experience.”
Miller, a lefty, scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the first half for Springlake-Earth.