Farwell girls beat Lady Coyotes

By Dave Wagner

FARWELL, Texas — In a physical game with neither team having much depth, outside shooting gave the Farwell Lady Blue a big lift Friday night against Dora.
Sophomore guard Dellani Jones kept Farwell close with three first-half 3-pointers, and fellow sophomore Salida Edwards helped the Lady Blue take control by scoring nine of her season-high 22 points in the final 2:04 of the half in a 66-46 victory.
Dora (3-5) led for most of the first two stanzas before the 5-foot-3 Edwards took over, hitting four free throws, a 3-pointer and another basket to turn a 21-17 deficit into a 27-22 halftime lead.
“We were slow the first quarter, but after that we played well,” Farwell girls coach Doug Boyd said. “When we hit those outside shots, it opened the middle up and I knew we could score inside if we made the right passes.”
The Lady Coyotes tied the game 31-31 early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by senior Jena Bilberry, who finished with a career-best 20 points. Then, with Farwell leading 35-33, Edwards hit her second 3-pointer of the night to spark an 11-0 run that carried into the final period.
“She played well,” Boyd said of Edwards. “She’s capable of that. She plays a lot bigger than she is.”
Edwards said the Lady Blue (7-9) just needed to get itself under control.
“I think we just started to slow down a little bit and started making better passes,” she said. “It was one of our better games — maybe not our best, but it was pretty good.”
Senior post Danielle Cargile came on with 12 of her 15 points in the second half, while Jones finished with 11. Three of Farwell’s eight players fouled out while two others, including Edwards, finished with four.
Bilberry was the only double-figure scorer for Dora, which dressed just seven players.
“We played well for a half, but we don’t have the conditioning to finish the game out,” Lady Coyotes coach Myra Skinner said. “The second half we just got tired, and that affects your defense, your cuts, your passes. …
“This has been finals week for us, and we haven’t been in the gym quite as much as usual.”
Farwell went 21-of-30 from the free throw line, including 12-of-14 in the fourth quarter, while Dora was 14-of-31. The teams combined for 50 fouls.
“It was a good way to (head into) the break,” Boyd said. “It was a confidence-builder, and that’s what we’re lacking right now.”

Farwell 66, Dora 46
Dora (3-5) —
Jennifer Bolin 0 0-0 0, D’Shawn Pettigrew 2 2-4 7, Jena Bilberry 6 7-13 20, Yesenia Jacquez 1 0-1 2, Julissa Melendez 1 1-2 3, Rana Terry 3 1-5 7, Kassandra Clark 2 3-6 7. Totals 15 14-31 46.
Farwell (7-9) — Jennifer DeLeon 1 2-2 4, Amanda Martin 0 0-0 0, Britton Barrett 1 3-6 5, Julie Castillo 1 6-6 8, Dellani Jones 3 2-2 11, Salida Edwards 8 4-8 22, Ashley Martin 0 1-2 1, Danielle Cargile 6 3-4 15. Totals 20 21-30 66.
Dora 13 9 11 11 — 44
Farwell 9 18 17 22 — 66
3-pointers —
Dora (2): Bilberry, Pettigrew. Farwell (5): Jones 3, Edwards 2. Total fouls — Dora 23, Farwell 27. Fouled out — Bolin, Am. Martin, Jones, Ash. Martin. JV score — Farwell 40, Dora 8.