FARMINGTON, Maine – Makayla Farrara enjoyed a career scoring night, and Castleton University held off Maine-Farmington on the Beavers' final possession for a 49-47 victory Friday night in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game at Dearborn Gym.
Farrara shot 9-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the three-point line, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for 25 points. Amanda Beatty finished with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Lindsay Sabo contributed eight points, four rebounds, and three assists to the winning effort.
Castleton took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter before Emma Duggan hit a jumper and a three-pointer to give Maine-Farmington a 7-6 advantage. Farrara gave the Spartans the lead back with a layup, and Sabo extended that lead to four with a three-pointer. Haley Felkel hit a three-pointer to put the Beavers back on top, but Farrara answered with her own three-pointer to give Castleton a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter went back-and-forth until baskets by Beatty and Farrara gave Castleton a 22-19 lead with 3:42 remaining in the first half. Down by five, Maine-Farmington pulled into a tie with a three-pointer by Cheyenne Malloy and a layup by Kennadi Grover, but Farrara again hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the quarter to put the Spartans on top at halftime, 28-25.
Grover scored three straight points to tie the game early in the third quarter, but consecutive baskets by Farrara helped the Spartans reestablish their advantage. After a free throw by Grover tied the game at 34-34 late in the quarter, Farrara made a three-pointer to put Castleton back on top. Grover's jumper with 20 seconds remaining tied the game again, but a layup by Sabo on Castleton's final possession of the quarter put the Spartans ahead by two at 39-37.
Five straight points by Beatty extended Castleton's lead to 46-39 two minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Beavers fought back, as Abby Hasson converted a traditional three-point play to close the gap to three at 46-43. A jumper by Paige Carter with three minutes left in regulation brought the Beavers within one, but Sabo converted a traditional three-point play to give Castleton a 49-45 lead with two minutes to go.
After Maine-Farmington missed three field goal attempts, Morgan Crocker hit a jumper with 45 seconds remaining to close the Beaver deficit to two. Castleton committed a turnover to give Maine-Farmington one final chance, but Grover's three-point attempt was off-target, and Farrara grabbed the rebound to run out the clock.
Maine-Farmington (0-5, 0-2 NAC) could not take advantage of enough scoring opportunities, hitting only 26.7 percent (16-of-60) of its field goal attempts and 60.0 percent (12-of-20) of its attempts from the charity stripe. Grover led the Beavers with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Hasson finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
The Spartans shot just 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, including 4-of-19 from behind the three-point line, and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line. The Beavers won the rebounding battle, 45-38, including 15 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second chance points.
Castleton (4-0, 2-0 NAC) continues the weekend road trip in Waterville, Maine, against Thomas College Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 3:00 p.m. The Terriers defeated Green Mountain Friday night, 60-42, to improve to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.