GIRLS: Darden's buzzer beater gives Garner win against Farmville
Garner's Tamia Darden hit the game-winner to propel the Trojans past Farmville Central Wednesday. Photo by Laieke Abebe / WJG Sports
By Junious Smith III
CARY -- Garner’s Tamia Darden made up for every mistake she made in Wednesday’s game with one shot. Darden’s buzzer-beating jumper gave the Trojans a come-from-behind 64-63 win against Farmville Central in the John Wall Holiday Invitational. Garner trailed by double figures in the fourth quarter, but clawed back into the game before Darden’s heroics. “I was kind of nervous,” Darden said. “In the beginning, I was messing up a lot but I knew I had to be strong in the fourth quarter.” Garner had a 20-15 advantage after Jerni Kiaku’s 3-point play early in the second half, but Farmville Central responded with a 12-3 spurt, capped off with consecutive 3-pointers from Journee McDaniel. Farmville Central expanded upon the 31-27 halftime advantage, pushing the lead to 12 after a McDaniel basket midway through the third. The Trojans battled back, cutting the deficit down to 48-44 after a Kiaku breakaway layup with 7:28 left in the fourth, but Janisja Carmon responded on the next possession with a 3-pointer for the Jaguars. Farmville Central had a 57-46 advantage, but Garner went on an 8-0 run, punctuated with Darden’s steal and layup with 1:36 left. Nyah Wilkins hit a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds left to bring Garner within 63-62. The Trojans stole the inbounds, but couldn’t convert before Farmville Central missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Garner got the ball back with 4.8 seconds left, setting up Darden’s heroics. Kiaku led all scorers with 30 points, adding three rebounds and two steals for Garner. Wilkins had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Darden provided 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. For Farmville Central, Amiya Joyner had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists and McDaniel added 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.