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FARMINGTON – The Farmington girls basketball team spent a portion of its Thanksgiving break helping prepare for the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Farmington Civic Center.

The Lady Scorps spent Wednesday evening at the Salvation Army Church, deboning and carving turkeys for the dinner, and were at the Civic Center this morning slicing pies and cakes, and preparing stuffing.

“We just helped around as much as we could. It was really nice,” Farmington senior Shayna Carlowe said. “I’m pretty close with all the girls on the team, but it was great to see everyone come together and help the community.”

The Salvation Army expected an increase in the number of diners this year, around 1,200 to 1,500 altogether, after a large number of local companies laid off employees this year.

“It felt good to give back because not a lot of people have what we have,” senior Tanisha Beetso said. “It’s good to know that we’re helping out. We care about the community, and it was a really great experience for us to be a part of.”

Along with giving support to the community, the time spent volunteering served as a good team-bonding experience for the Lady Scorps.

Entering the season, Farmington head coach Danny Secrest had concerns about how the upperclassmen on the team would mesh with the freshmen and sophomores moving up to the varsity level.

Secrest said that not only was the time spent volunteering valuable because it gave the girls a chance to meet new people in the community, it also allowed them to come together in a setting that didn't involve school or basketball.

Both Carlowe and Beetso said the experience was humbling, and they hope that when they and the rest of the Farmington seniors are gone, the younger girls on the team will continue the tradition of service.

“We get a lot of support from the community now, and it was nice to give back to the community,” Carlowe said. “We’ve done it the last few years, and it was good to have the younger girls out there and see what it’s like, so after the seniors are gone, hopefull,y they’ll keep the work going.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.

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