Farrar comes up big for Sparts at home

Spartan Julia Weese blocks a shot by Seattle Prep Allie Urban. - JULIE BUSCH photo
Spartan Julia Weese blocks a shot by Seattle Prep Allie Urban.
— image credit: JULIE BUSCH photo

The sophomore guard hits three treys to help the team defeat Prep.

If there is a Metro League Sixth Person Award, you can close the balloting, because Emily Farrar has sewed it up.

The Spartans’ sophomore guard came off the bench and scored nine points on three huge three-pointers in the fourth quarter Friday, to help the Bainbridge girls basketball team defeat the Seattle Prep Panthers 72-55 at Paski Gymnasium.

Head coach Penny Gienger was happy with Farrar and the team’s performance – but had to give a little pep talk to her gunners.

“She’s (Farrar) a great shooter, but I thought our shooters had lost a little confidence and I was wondering why we weren’t draining them earlier,” she said. “I had to tell her going in to be confident, and she just came out and started shooting.

“She helps us a lot when she hits those shots.”

Asked how she handles coming in cold off the bench, Farrar shrugged.

“I’m used to it,” she said.

She also knew how critical this game was for the Spartans.

“We wanted to come out and play hard because this game meant so much to both sides,” Farrar said.

The Spartans came out hard, taking a 7-0 lead as Megan Burris completed an early three-point play and Allie Picha and Brittany Gray scored as well.

The Spartans pushed the lead to 18-6 behind buckets by Picha, Kaitlin Bailey and Caitlyn Salo, before Prep went on an 8-0 run to end the first and pull them back to within four.

In the second quarter, Prep forward Lindsey Gummersall used her size to close the gap further, and a Jasmine Williams jumper tied the game at 26.

But Bainbridge went on a 14-4 run to break the tie and increase their lead to 10 at halftime.

Jacqui Menalia got it started by making both ends of a one and one, Gray scored five points and Angela Failla ended it with a three-point play as time ran out.

“Everybody played and did something for us and came through for us,” Gienger said of her bench’s performance. “I was really pleased.”

Bainbridge tried to race ahead in the third but Williams was too tough, driving to the basket often and scoring nine points in the quarter and keeping the lead to single digits.

With the score 53-47 and Prep making a push, Farrar did her part by hitting a three in the corner, then after Williams scored, she drained two more from outside to put Bainbridge ahead.

“That was huge,” Bailey said of the shots. “It’s good to have someone to step up (at anytime).”

Salo hit a three ball and Julia Weese completed a three-point play to keep Bainbridge on top for good.

The win put the Spartans at 11-1 in league play, 15-1 overall, and solidifies their standing atop the Metro League Mountain Division. They need a win or a Lakeside loss to set up a playoff game Feb. 8 and determine seeding for the Metro Tournament against the number two team from the Sound Division, currently Ingraham.

“Tonight was a great test for us,” Gienger said. “They attacked us, but we just humped up and we were a tough(er) team, and that’s going to make us better down the line.”

Bainbridge plays at Eastside Catholic tonight and travels to Lakeside Friday. Their last home contest against Holy Names has been moved to Feb. 1. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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