FARWELL — The Farwell Steers are enjoying their best basketball season in … well, maybe ever.
The deep, balanced Steers had a battle on their hands for a quarter Friday night, but quickly pulled away to an 82-34 blitzing of Bovina in a District 5-1A contest.
Farwell (23-1, 4-0 district) got 16 points from guard Luke Carpenter and 15 from post Rane Carpenter (no relation) in rolling to its 18th consecutive victory. Ten of Farwell’s 11 players scored by halftime.
With five regular-season games left, the Steers believe they’re well-positioned for a deep postseason run in Class 1A Division I.
“If we shoot well and play good defense, I think we’ll be hard to stop,” said Luke Carpenter, a 6-foot-2 senior who had just two points at halftime but scored 14 — including a pair of 3-pointers — in a 23-7 domination of the third quarter. “We have good height inside, and our shooters accentuate that.”
Carpenter said he’d been under the weather during the week, but got his bearings after halftime.
“I finally started feeling a little better,” he said. “I got some confidence behind my shot.”
Lincoln Devault came off the bench to add 13 points for Farwell. Gael Vela was Bovina’s leading scorer with nine points.
The Mustangs (4-14, 1-3) hung around for a quarter, trailing 19-14, but they simply didn’t have the horses to keep pace.
“The whole idea was to be patient,” Mustangs coach Jose Gonzales said. “The first quarter we did a very good job of doing what we needed to do.”
Still, he knew it would be tough to keep pace with the Steers.
“I’ve seen them play and they’re one of the best teams in the region,” Gonzales said. “(Steers coach Shane Perkins) has done a great job with them. Their kids play hard.”
Bovina managed to take care of the ball in the opening stanza, committing only three turnovers, but they had 25 floor errors over the final three periods — many of which Farwell turned into fast breaks.
“We weren’t defending their ball screens very well early, but our kids settled down,” Perkins said. “Their kids play hard. I told our team we’re not used to giving up that many points in the first quarter.”
While the Steers are dominating their district, Perkins said the non-district schedule was designed to challenge them. They own wins at Class 3A Pampa and over Anton, a quality Class 1A Division II program, and also beat Class 2A Littlefield in the Wildcats’ own tournament final.
“I wouldn’t have thought we’d be 23-1,” Luke Carpenter said. “We won the Littlefield tournament and I don’t think a Farwell team has done that in 20 years, if ever.”
Farwell girls 56, Bovina 25 — The Lady Blue (11-16, 2-4) ran away to a 24-5 halftime lead and cruised behind 21 points from Kristin Langford and 13 from Caitlyn Stancell, including three 3-pointers.
Sam Villarreal was the high scorer for the Fillies (2-19, 0-5), finishing with eight points.