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story.lead_photo.caption Bud Sullins/Special to Siloam Sunday Siloam Springs senior Kirsten Williams-Loftis looks for a pass Tuesday against Providence Academy.

With Siloam Springs point guard Chloe Price out with a concussion, Farmington took advantage early and often en route to a 27-point victory.

The Lady Cardinals (25-8) never trailed as super sophomores Makenna Vanzant, Joelle Tidwell and Audrey Culpepper combined for 43 points. They used a tenacious, full-court press to open with an 8-0 lead behind five points by Vanzant, who fought through tight man defense throughout to lead all scorers with 16 points.

"We press to create turnovers and to create pace," said Farmington coach Brad Johnson. "The plan was from the first time we played them to create pace, to speed them up ... and it created turnovers that we converted into points. That gave us a little springboard right off the bat.

"And I thought Makenna Vanzant played a phenomenal game, on both ends. She pushed our transition. She pushed the tempo and hit big shots. She just did what Makenna does."

The Lady Panthers (6-16) closed the margin to 21-15 on a 3-pointer by Jael Harried and buckets by Morgan Vaughn and Hadlee Hollenback before a personal 8-0 run by Culpepper, including a pair of 3-pointers, pushed the lead to 36-20 by halftime.

"We came into the game saying we weren't going to let (Vanzant) and (Madison Pense) beat us," said Siloam Springs coach Tim Rippy. "But as soon as we started to guard them a little better, then someone else would heat up and that would get us spread out trying to defend the entire floor.

"They've got so many weapons."

The lead remained the same throughout the third quarter as Siloam Springs was able to keep up with Farmington's offensive pace until Vanzant completed a traditional 3-point play late in the quarter to extend the lead back to 47-30.

In the fourth quarter, former Siloam Springs player Alexis Roach scored five straight points to spark a run that helped Farmington put the game away.

Tidwell had 15 points, Culpepper had 12 and senior Camryn Journagan had 10 to give the Lady Cardinals four players in double figures.

"You love to see that balance," Johnson said. "That's the strength of our basketball team. We're pretty versatile and they share the ball really well. As a coach, it's nice to know you have lots of options, lots of weapons, and it makes it more difficult to defend us."

Farmington 67, Siloam Springs 40

Siloam Springs 11 9 10 10 -- 40

Farmington 20 16 11 20 -- 67

Providence Academy 58, Siloam Springs 57

Siloam Springs (6-16): Hollenback 9, Vaughn 8, Johnson 8, Harried 7, Noel 3, Ponticello 3, Buckminister 2.

Farmington (25-8): Vanzant 16, Tidwell 15, Culpepper 12, Journagan 10, Pense 6, Roach 6, Ball 2. Siloam Springs had every opportunity to finish out their nonconference game against Providence Academy, but the Lady Panthers couldn't close the deal.

Providence Academy forced a turnover with less than 10 seconds left and Joneisha Rolle scored inside to give the Lady Patriots 58-57 win on Tuesday inside Panther Activity Center.

The Lady Patriots trailed 45-39 going into the fourth quarter, but they went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth and took the lead.

The two teams traded leads for the rest of the fourth quarter and Siloam Springs pulled ahead 57-55 with 55.9 seconds left on a Hadlee Hollenback putback.

With 24.6 seconds left, the Lady Panthers had a chance to extend their lead, but Morgan Vaughn missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Providence got the ball back.

Faith Curry was fouled with 11.6 seconds left and she made 1 of 2 free throws to bring the Lady Patriots within 57-56. The Lady Panthers inbounded the basketball but Providence's Acie Thurlby came up with a steal and got the ball to Joneisha, who missed on her first attempt and then scored on the putback with 3.2 seconds left.

Siloam Springs got the ball down to midcourt where it called a timeout with 1.0 second left. The Lady Panthers tried to get another play off, but Vaughn was unable to get a clean look.

"Not making free throws, dribbling the basketball when they're coming foul, just the same mistakes," Siloam Springs head coach Tim Rippy said. "Just very frustrating."

Curry played an active role offensively and defensively for the Lady Patriots, leading the team with 22 points and forcing several turnovers out of the Lady Patriots 1-3-1 defense.

"Faith Curry, she played a ballgame," said Providence head coach Lisa Bivens. "She's a hard one to match up against."

Hayley Kate Webb added 15 points for Providence.

Vaughn led the Lady Panthers with 21 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Chloe Price added 13 points for Siloam Springs.

Providence Academy 58, Siloam Springs 57

Providence Academy 12 12 15 19 -- 58

Siloam Springs 16 12 17 12 -- 57

Providence Academy (15-9): Curry 22, Webb 15, Shell 9, Thurlby 6, Rolle 6.

Siloam Springs (6-15): Vaughn 21, Price 13, Harried 5, Williams-Loftis 5, Hollenback 4, Brown 4, Noel 3, Johnson 2.

-- Herald-Leader staff writer Graham Thomas contributed to this report.

Sports on 01/28/2018

Print Headline: Lady Panthers lose at Farmington

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