In recent middle school basketball games:
On Friday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, the Fayetteville girls disposed of rival Collins to win their fifth game in eight days and their eighth straight overall.
The Pirates “got off to a great start against a pesky Collins man defense,” struggled in the middle two quarters, then finished strong to defeat the Little Devils, FMS coach Phil Samples said.
Caroline Fenton netted 13 points to lead Fayetteville (12-2). Other scorers were: Samantha Holbrook, 4; Amaya Grant, 3; and Savannah Kincaid, 2.
Collins scorers were: Taea’ Scruggs, 7; Brooke Daniels, 3; Alyssa Richards, 2; and Sian Smith, 2.
Samples said his team has adjusted well to playing without injured starting point guard Autumn Hill.
“Her teammates have stepped up and increased their play in her absence,” he said. “Madison Prichard moved over from our 2 guard position to run the team and Samantha Holbrook came off the bench to play the 2 guard position.
“Our post players, Caroline Fenton and Amaya Grant, have really stepped up to lead us in scoring and dominating the inside game. Savannah Kincaid has doubled her scoring output and Whimzey Gipson has come off the bench to give us some good minutes defensively.”
“It was a great team effort,” Samples added. “It will be great to get Autumn back for our last remaining games over the next two weeks, to see how this team will jell and finish this season.”
Fayetteville travels to play Summers County on Tuesday, followed by a road game at Peterstown on Feb. 13.
The Collins boys avenged an earlier loss to Fayetteville with the easy win Friday.
Logan Erickson tallied 10 points to pace the scoring for the Little Devils. Others in the scoring column were: Andrew Work, 7; Ian Donelow, 7; Dietrick Penn, 6; Tristan Morgan, 6; Abraham Farrow, 5; Tristan Bragg, 3; Nick Loving, 3; Khori Bass, 3; Tristan Coots, 2; and Curtis Johnson, 2.
The Pirates (8-6), playing without injured starters Micah Bates and Jordan Dempsey, were led by Darrick McDowell’s nine points. Other point-producers included: Luke Vass, 3; Logan Frantz, 2; Gabe Mack, 2; and Dillon Bryant, 1.
Fayetteville has road games against Summers County (Tuesday) and Peterstown (Thursday) before hosting Saints Peter and Paul the following Tuesday.