The Festus varsity girls basketball team had no answers to the Farmington Knights’ attack after the first quarter, and dropped a 76-48 decision on Tuesday night. The loss on the road gives the Tigers a final regular season record of 12-11. The two teams could possibly be in the district championship game, since the Knights grabbed the #1 seed, while the Tigers were seeded #2 for the upcoming district tournament.
The first quarter proved to be the only competitive quarter of the game, as both teams scored 17 points after the first eight minutes. Beyond that, Festus just couldn’t keep up with the Knights. To make matters worse, Farmington benefitted from a half court shot that just beat the buzzer at halftime, giving the home team a 37-29 lead.
Meanwhile, Festus had a poor shooting night. After draining five three pointers in the first half, the Tigers never hit from beyond the arc for the remainder of the game. The Knights outscored Festus 39-19 in the second half.
Abby Rickermann (10) led Festus in scoring with 20 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds. Jenna Oetting (11) netted 10 points and collected three steals. Bria Garmon (10) had eight points and four assists, while Maddie Welsh (11) added six points. Jesse Hebenstreit (9) and Melasia Jones (10) chipped in with two points apiece.
Festus earned a bye in the first round of the district tournament which begins on Saturday at Farmington High School. The Tigers will meet the winner of the North County/DeSoto game on Monday at 7:30 p.m.