Farmers off to hot start
Lady Farmers showing improvement
Briana Arrington , News Room
Things are looking up for Lady Farmers and Farmers basketball as both teams beat perennial district challenger Carroll High School Bulldogs last Wednesday night.
“It was an exciting game,” said boys basketball coach Johnny Simmons. “We ended up winning the game by a free throw in the last five seconds.”
In the last 30 seconds, the Farmers had a two-point lead but ended up turning it over.
“They made two free throws to tie it up,” Simmons said.
While working the ball around for a last shot chance on a simple ball screen, Keon Morris was fouled on a lay-up.
“He missed the first free throw and we were all on our toes,” Simmons said.
Morris sank the second shot and won the game for the Farmers.
The boys record is an impressive 18-4 thus far and Simmons said all four losses (Arcadia, North Webster, Ouachita and Sterlington) have not been in the 3A district and what’s more, are teams that are always in the top 10.
“If we can win the rest of our home games and beat two other teams in our district on the road I think things we’ll be looking pretty good for us,” Simmons said.
The Carroll game was the first district win for both the boys and the girls teams this year and Lady Farmers coach Earnest Wynn said he was very pleased with the outcome.
“We’ve already won eight games this year which is double what we won last year,” Wynn said.
Wynn said he has a young team and there are many challenges they still must face.
“We only have one starting senior and four starting freshman,” he said.
At home against the Lady Bulldogs, the girls started with a 12-2 scoring lead in the first quarter.
“We jumped on them early and kept it up,” Wynn said.
The girls finished the game with a 42-35 score.
“That was our first district win in two years,” Wynn said. “I was really proud of them.”
The Farmers also played another district team, Rayville, the following Friday, Jan. 11.
The Farmers beat the Hornets putting them at 2-0 in district and No. 2 in the state power ranking.
However, the Lady Famers (8-12) fell behind with a 60-33 loss.
Wynn said he was not too disappointed due to the Lady Hornets’ strong reputation as a formidable team.
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