Lady Blue gains playoff berth

CNJ STAFF

LITTLEFIELD, Texas — The Farwell girls were in danger of missing the state basketball playoffs for the first time in six years before a big fourth quarter.

On the other hand, the Farwell boys were the victim of the rally in the second game of Friday’s District 3-1A playoff doubleheader.

In a playoff for the second and final playoff spot, the Lady Blue erased a six-point deficit, outscoring Springlake-Earth 22-9 in the final stanza Friday for a 52-45 win.

Meantime, Sudan rallied to beat Farwell 77-65 in a playoff for the boys district championship. Both teams advance to the playoffs.

Khallie Foster’s 3-pointer pulled Farwell’s girls close and Chelsea Meyer’s basket gave the Lady Blue the lead with about four minutes left against Springlake-Earth.

The teams split their regular-season meetings and finished tied for second at 7-3 behind unbeaten 3-1A champion Sudan.

Meyer led Farwell (16-14) with 12 points, Foster chipped in 11 and Kyra Christian hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Sophomore Courtney Miller was Springlake-Earth’s lone double-figure scorer with 12.

Farwell struggled early with its shooting. The Lady Wolverines (18-9) built a six-point halftime lead by outscoring Farwell 10-7 in each of the first two periods.

“It wasn’t for lack of getting shots — it was lack of making shots,” Farwell girls coach Doug Boyd said. “We wanted to pound the ball inside. We just kept with it, and it ended up paying off.”

Boyd said the youthful Lady Wolverines, who start two freshmen, struggled in the late going.

“They had a lot of really unforced turnovers (late), and we capitalized on those,” he said. “But it’s a win, and we’re in, and I’m happy.”

The Lady Blue return to Littlefield for a 6 p.m. (CST) bi-district game on Tuesday against Smyer.

In the boys contest, junior guards Mike Warren and Kade Gaston scored 25 points apiece and Sudan (24-5) pulled away in the final few minutes.

Sudan and Farwell split their regular-season meetings and finished tied in the district race at 9-1. The Steers (22-7) forced the playoff with a 67-48 win over the Hornets in Farwell on Feb. 6, a game in which Warren and Gaston combined for just 22 points.

“They shot the ball a little better tonight,” Farwell boys coach Kirk Saul said. “Free throws hurt us tonight at the end; we just couldn’t put them in at crucial times.”

Gaston’s halfcourt 3-pointer as time ran out in the third quarter put Sudan in front 59-58. The game seesawed until the final three minutes.

Junior post Jeramee Smith added 15 points for Sudan. Farwell got 17 points from junior guard Tate Nichols, 12 from senior guard Jason Johnson, 11 from junior post Tyler Myers and 10 from senior forward Grant Gregory.

The loss gives the Steers a much tougher draw in the first round in a Morton, the state’s second-ranked team. The teams meet in a 6 p.m. (CST) bi-district game on Feb. 24 at South Plains College in Levelland.

“It is,” Saul agreed. “But you’ve got to play them sometime. They’re beatable, but it’s going to take our best game to beat them.”

Sudan takes on Whiteface in the second half of the bi-district doubleheader on Feb. 24.