ST. LOUIS — The Farmington girls basketball team were already scheduled to play in the heralded ‘Coaches for Cancer’ Shoot-out, but when word came that the New Rochelle Huguenots out of New York would not be able to make their flight due to inclement weather, the Farmington Knights were invited to fill the spot against the No. 9 ranked Clayton Greyhounds.
With only one day’s notice, the Knights brought their ‘A’ game and they surprised the Greyhounds for a 61-56 win. The Knights used a strong start to establish themselves as Clayton misfired with their ballhandling against Farmington’s press and also in their shooting, starting the game 0-8 on three-point tries.
The Knights (12-5) kept up their pressure throughout the half to keep the Greyhounds off-balance, but the No. 9 team would not bow out as Christian Thomas championed their cause, scoring 27 points and pulling down a record 18 rebounds to go with eight blocked shots.
The Greyhounds (15-5) came roaring back in the third quarter to eventually take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Knights did not waver as they again established a small lead and clung on, making free throws in the final minutes for the win.
Roper Garrett led Farmington with 17 points and Doug Warren had 13.
Farmington will travel to Ste. Genevieve tonight to play a winless Ste. Genevieve team.