Farmington This Week: Vanzant shines in overtime

Playing close games have become the norm for Farmington, which beat Alma 58-54 in overtime on Friday.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Makenna Vanzant (22) of Farmington scores ahead of Peri Knight (15) of Harrison Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, during the first half of play in Cardinal Arena in Farmington. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
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Makenna Vanzant (22) of Farmington scores ahead of Peri Knight (15) of Harrison Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, during the first half of play in Cardinal Arena in Farmington. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.

Makenna Vanzant scored seven of her 24 points in overtime for the Lady Cardinals, who host Russellville on Tuesday. Farmington (19-5) will attempt to gain a split after Russellville won the first meeting 53-48 on Jan. 20.

Since then, Alma has played six games that’s been decided by five points or less, including a one-point victory at Alma on a rebound basket late in the game.

Those close encounters should help Farmington in postseason play, when many of the games are tightly-contested.

“For us to make a run in the postseason, these are the type of games we’ve got to win,” Farmington coach Brad Johnson said after the second victory over Alma. “These (conference) games are kind of like a dress rehearsal, night in and night out. All of the stuff we’ve gone through is really paying off right now.”

Matt Wilson continues his scoring tear for the Farmington boys as he put up 44 points in a 70-45 victory against Alma on Friday. It’s the third time this season the senior guard has scored 44 or more points. He broke the single0gme scoring record with 50 in a game earlier this season.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Wilson is on pace to break the school record for highest scoring average in a single season as he’s averaging more than 30 points per game.

According to Maxpreps, Wilson leads the entire state in scoring per game. He’s also averaging about 36 points per game during 5A-West play.

NWA Democrat-Gazette staff writer Rick Fires contributed to this report.

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Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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