The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 3, 2014

Pirates pick perfect time for first win

By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Reporter

— Fayetteville’s freshman-dominated basketball team was overdue for a win.

And what better venue for it than the Big Atlantic Classic?

The Pirates outrebounded and outscrapped Sherman for three quarters, then received an electric performance from William Fenton in the final period to win the Class A consolation game 70-57 Wednesday night at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Fenton, a freshman guard, scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Fayetteville (1-9) broke open what had been a close game.

“Good shooters keep shooting,” coach Matt Boyd said. “I tell them not to get their heads down or get discouraged. Tonight we kept giving him the basketball.”

Fenton has been the Pirates’ leading scorer in most of their games and is averaging around 13 points a game.

“William is just now coming into his own. He’s gaining confidence and realizing he can play,” Boyd said.

Others stepped up as well. Caleb Bailes, a 6-foot-3 junior post, grabbed 15 rebounds while senior William Dooley, a 5-9 forward, snared 14.

Dooley did a lot of the dirty work, getting several key boards against the taller Tide.

“William is a senior, and I told him he has to be our leader,” Boyd said. “He’s undersized, and he’s not a great scorer, but he plays with a lot of effort.”

Another senior, guard Tasheem Saunders, added six points and four assists. Junior guard Tim Holster scored 11 points.

Two earlier close games for the Pirates, both against Midland Trail, came out as one-point losses, 52-51 and 61-60.

Against Sherman, they were tied 18-18 after one quarter of play and 29-29 at halftime.

A good third quarter stretched the lead to seven, 47-40, but a Sherman run made it 51-49 with 5:09 left to play.

Dalton Dempsey scored to break the Tide’s momentum, and Fenton had a string of four straight field goals to push the count back out to 10.

Two more Fenton buckets, and three foul shots from Saunders and Holster, sealed the win.

“We’ve been in just about every game. The kids have worked extremely hard, but they’ve struggled,” Boyd said. “Getting this first win will give us a little bit of confidence. They’ve been hungry for a win.”

Tyler Stewart paced Sherman with 13 points and three assists. Cody Muncy added 11 points and 10 boards, and also had three assists.

— E-mail: dstillwellregister-herald.com



Fayetteville (1-9)

Jacob Alton 3-5 0-1 6, William Fenton 10-19 0-2 22, William Dooley 2-7 0-3 4, Tasheem Saunders 2-4 2-4 6, Caleb Bailes 0-4 4-6 4, Dylan Doyle 0-0 1-1 1, Timothy Holster 4-6 3-5 11, Ricky Meadows 3-6 1-2 8, Dalton Dempsey 2-2 0-0 4, Justin Workman 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 28-56 11-24 44.

Sherman (3-5)

Aaron Lowe 1-1 3-4 5, Tait Pauley 0-1 1-2 3, Blake Brewer 2-11 3-4 8, Cody Muncy 4-14, 3-5 11, Blake Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Pauley 1-4 1-4 3, Corey Smith 2-8 0-0 6, Caleb Duncan 1-2 1-2 3, Tyler Stewart 4-10 4-4 13, Michael Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Braden Harrah 3-4 1-2 7. Totals: 18-56 17-27 57.

F 18 11 18 23 — 70

S 18 11 11 17 — 57

3-point goals — F: 3-13 (Alton 0-1, Fenton 2-8, Bailes 0-1, Holster 0-1, Meadows 1-2); S: 4-22 (Brewer 1-3, Muncy 0-5, Pauley 0-1, Smith 2-7, Duncan 0-1, Stewart 1-4, Harrah 0-1). Fouled out — S: Pauley.