FARMINGTON -- The Lady Cardinals used a pair of runs to pull away from Gentry for a 56-34 victory at Cardinals Arena on Tuesday.
Farmington (14-3, 4-0) struggled with execution on both ends of the court early and the Lady Pioneers (8-8, 0-4) were able to take advantage. Gentry led 9-8 late in the first quarter after back-to-back buckets by sophomore Emily Toland, who had eight of her 11 points in the first half.
The teams traded buckets throughout most of the second quarter with a pair of free throws by Gentry's Ariel Nix cutting Farmington's lead to 22-20 with 1:44 remaining in the first half.
That was as close as it would get.
"We made a couple of turnovers and they were able to capitalize," said Gentry coach Toby Tevebaugh. "They scored five quick points to start that run and it just felt like our energy level immediately dropped. We never got our energy back, other than in the last two or three minute. But by then, it was way too late."
The Lady Cardinals scored the final four points of the first half and continued a 17-2 run into the third quarter to take command. A traditional three-point play by Toland with 3:17 remaining stopped the bleeding momentarily. It was Gentry's first field goal in nearly 11 minutes of regulation.
But Farmington answered with a 12-0 run, which was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Trinity Johnson as well as a 3-pointer and traditional three-point play by Makenna Vanzant, to take a 50-25 late in the third quarter.
Lady Cards coach Brad Johnson said he didn't say anything special at halftime to ignite the third quarter surge.
"They were frustrated at halftime because Gentry had some confidence and it was still a close game," Johnson said. "We just talked about making sure that we were executing. Making sure that we were where we needed to be offensively and defensively. They hit some shots in the first half, and defensively, we missed a couple of assignments, so halftime was really just about being cleaner.
"Stepping back into this conference, we're just trying to be the best version of ourselves every time out."
Farmington's Madisyn Pense was honored before tipoff for reaching 1,000 points for her career during a game against Pea Ridge last month. Appropriately, the senior hit her team's first field goal, a 3-pointer, on her way to an 8-point effort. The Central Missouri signee also made several key plays, including a blocked 3-point shot attempt that preserved Farmington's 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
"It was a special night to be able to honor her," Brad Johnson said. "On a night when we honor her for 1,000 points, she impacted the game in a lot more ways than scoring. There's a lot more to her game than just being an assassin-type shooter and we saw that tonight."
Gentry 9 11 8 6 -- 34
Farmington 19 18 18 16 -- 71
Gentry (8-8, 0-4): Nix 12, Toland 11, Bolinger 4, Jarnagan 4, Wilmoth 3,
Farmington (14-3, 4-0): Vanzant 14, Johnson 13, Pense 8, Kersey 7, Tidwell 6, Culpepper 4, Roach 4.
Farmington 62, Gentry 22
The Pioneers (7-9, 0-4) simply had no answer for Farmington's press defense or senior Will Pridmore, who led all scorers with 21 points during the 40-point rout. The Cardinals (12-6, 4-0) are now 9-0 at home this season.
Pridmore, a senior who was named the All-NWADG Division II Newcomer of the Year while playing at Prairie Grove in 2017, scored 10 points in the first quarter and had 19 by the break to help the Cardinals build a 37-11 halftime lead.
Danny Valenzuela and Austin Shelley added 10 and 8 points, respectively, for Farmington while the Pioneers were paced by senior Dylan Kilgore's 12 points.
Gentry 6 5 8 3 -- 22
Farmoington 18 19 14 11 -- 62
Gentry (7-9, 1-3): Kilgore 12, Wilkinson 3, Bates 2, Magana 2, Tomblin 2, Mills 1.
Farmington (12-6, 4-0): Pridmore 21, Valenzuela 10, Shelley 8, Watson 4, Whitmore 4, Disheroon 3, McKinley 3, Landwher 2, Mayo 2, Montez 2, Vollmer 2, Funk 1.
Preps Sports on 01/10/2019
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