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IMPERIAL, Mo. – Farmington stifled host Seckman on the scoreboard for the better portion of three quarters, then survived an uneasy closing stretch to earn a road victory on Tuesday night.

After building an 11-point advantage, the Knights could finally exhale when junior Virginia Lugo sank two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal a 43-39 outcome over Seckman.

Alyson Tucker recorded seven assists, and equaled Zoe Johns and Emily Greif with 10 points apiece for Farmington (5-3), which overcame an 8-of-19 effort from the line.

Johns played only three minutes of the first half after picking up three personal fouls, but knocked down a turn-around shot from the post to give the Knights their largest lead of 27-16 late in the third quarter.

Farmington had maintained control of the game and Seckman (6-3) was mired in a shooting slump until igniting for 21 points in the final stanza.

The Jaguars trailed 15-9 at halftime of a methodical contest that featured 15 turnovers on each side, and missed their first 11 shots of the third quarter.

Seckman netted six quick points to pull within 29-26 as Emma Harris sank a jumper and Makayla Parton scored off an immediate steal of the inbounds pass with 6:02 remaining.

Macey Pauls saw her first action in the third quarter for Farmington, but sparked a timely response with an assist to Johns before drilling a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Tucker grabbed an errant Seckman pass and found Greif ahead of the pack for a layup that restored a 38-29 margin with 2:24 left, but the Knights struggled to put their opponents away.

Senior forward Claire Busse, who pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds while adding six points, fouled out late to remove an important inside presence.

Seckman trailed by nine inside the final minute, but drew closer on a 3-pointer by senior guard Lauren Stamm, who totaled game highs with 12 points and six steals.

Farmington committed an ensuing turnover and missed several free throws as the home team looked to narrow the gap. Pauls also committed a rebounding foul following an empty trip to the stripe.

Maranda Kriese hit a putback to make it 41-39 with 8.3 seconds on the clock, and Pauls calmly passed to Lugo for an eventual foul as the Jaguars nearly got a crucial steal.

Abby Townsend scored 11 points and Kriese corralled 12 rebounds for Seckman, which endured a seven-minute drought between made field goals that included three uncontested layups in the first half.

Farmington was clinging to an 11-9 lead before Tucker drained consecutive mid-range jumpers off the dribble just before intermission.

Kaylee Wooldridge showed tremendous hustle in the first half to bolster the Knights while Johns was forced to the bench. The junior forward made two early steals and claimed 10 rebounds overall.

Farmington will travel again on Wednesday to face Sullivan.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at


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