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Knightettes easily dominate Hunters for conference win

FARMINGTON – Several things went right for the Farmington Knightettes. Many things went wrong for the Ste. Genevieve Hunters. In Tuesday’s contest between the two conference foes, the Knightettes easily defended their home floor with a one-sided 76-28 victory over the Hunters.

Ste. Genevieve’s Katie Ragan made a lay-up and a free throw for a quick 3-0 lead, but it would be the only lead the Hunters would have as a three-pointer by Cassie Tiefenauer and a jump shot by Randie Wooldridge gave Farmington a two-point lead. The game was tied at 5-5 and later at eight points apiece, but things quickly turned ugly for Ste. Genevieve.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Hunters threw the ball away several times on offense and their press did not work on defense. The Knightettes used a little press work of their own and took advantage of Ste. Genevieve’s mistakes as Farmington went on a massive 19-0 scoring drive to finish the first quarter.

Solid passing played a huge part in Farmington’s success, and it would only get better for the Knightettes. Despite a 5-0 scoring run by the Hunters, Farmington fired back with five straight points of their own. Farmington ended the first half with a 12-0 scoring spree.

The spree included a triple by Kristen Hayes right before the buzzer. The two squads head towards the locker rooms with an extensive 49-16 Knightette lead.

Both teams scored to kick off the second half. Farmington picked up where they left off as they scored six consecutive points for a 57-18 lead. Ste. Genevieve scored five straight points, but the Knightettes once again broke through with another scoring drive. Farmington scored 10 straight points as they now held a demanding 67-23 lead.

As the clock wound down in the fourth quarter, a three-pointer by Tiefenauer started off the last eight minutes of play. Lindsay Rhodes sank a free throw for the Hunters while Parks made a field goal. Rhodes chipped in two more buckets, but Farmington came through with a final pair of shots as the contest came to a close.

“I thought we played very well,” stated Farmington’s coach Steve McFarland. “Our girls played very aggressive. They did a good job on the boards.”

Ste. Genevieve (6-11, 1-3 MAAA) will travel to Fredericktown for another conference match-up on Monday. Farmington, now 14-4 and 4-0 in conference play, will host Potosi for an important conference showdown the same day. If the Knightettes emerge victorious, they will finish the conference undefeated.

Farmington – 27 22 18 9 – 76

Ste. Genevieve – 8 8 7 5 – 28

SCORING:

Farmington – R Wooldridge 19, C Tiefenauer 14, E Parks 14, N Hooss 12, K Wilkins 4, A Parson 4, C Johnson 4, K Hayes 3, B Milfeld 2

3-Pointers – C Tiefenauer 2, K Hayes 1

Ste. Genevieve – L Rhodes 16, K Ragan 7, S Flieg 3, A Armbruster 2

3-Pointers – S Flieg 1

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