By Steve Keenan
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.
The Ansted boys got out of the gates strong in the first quarter and maintained command over the host Pirates the rest of the way Thursday.
“It was our best team effort of the season,” said Ansted coach Shane Shockey. “Fayetteville had been playing real well.
“We had a good first quarter. We just shot the ball really well.”
Noah Minor tallied 16 points to lead the attack for AMS (11-3). Other scorers were: Austin Isaacs, 3; Curtis Gray, 7; Nathan Hanshew, 3; and Carson Cochran, 6.
Luke Vass scored eight points to lead Fayetteville. Other scorers were: Micah Bates, 3; Jordan Dempsey, 3; and Jonathan Malay, 4.
“We didn’t play very sound basketball,” said Fayetteville coach Brent Conley. “We gave good effort. Ansted just hit shots.”
Ansted visits Western Greenbrier Tuesday and Valley Thursday.
The Pirate girls (11-2) outpointed Ansted 21-3 in the second half Thursday to pull away for the triumph.
Caroline Fenton’s 11 points led the way. Also in the scoring column were: Amaya Grant, 8; Savannah Kincaid, 7; Samantha Holbrook, 2; and Whimzey Gipson, 2.
Ansted got eight points from Jennifer Wilson and two from Kayla Franklin.
After suffering a bad loss to Valley early in the season, the FMS boys gained the five-point win over the Greyhounds Wednesday.
“We played really well (in light of the first game),” said Pirate coach Brent Conley.
Micah Bates netted 13 points and Luke Vass had 10 to pace Fayetteville. Other scorers were: Jonathan Malay, 9; Dillon Bryant, 6; Darrick McDowell, 2; and Jordan Dempsey, 2.
Nathan Kincaid scored nine to pace Valley. Other scorers were: Jimmy Harper, 8; Nick Gipson, 7; Spencer Dean, 7; and Garyn Pritt, 5.
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After losing twice to Ansted this season, the Wildcat boys turned the tables on the Trailblazers Wednesday.
Thomas Ferris popped in 21 points to pace the Meadow Bridge attack. Zach Yates contributed 15, Jared Gladwell had 10 and William Woods scored nine.
Noah Minor poured in 26 points for Ansted, and teammate Nathan Hanshew supplied 12. Other point-producers included: Curtis Gray, 4; Carson Cochran, 2; Trevor Harrell, 2; and Colin Dempsey, 6.
“We came out flat,” said Ansted coach Shane Shockey. “It (the loss) served as a wake-up call.”
The Pirate girls built up a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and held on for the win Wednesday.
Caroline Fenton scored 10 points to lead FMS (10-2). Also providing offense were: Savannah Kincaid, 5; Amaya Grant, 4; Madison Prichard, 3; and Whimzey Gipson, 2.
Gracie Gipson’s seven points led the Greyhounds. Other scorers were: Kyla Smith, 4; A’Mya Walker, 2; and Nia Wallace, 2.
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Last Monday, the FMS girls withstood a late charge from the Crusaders to nail down the two-point verdict.
Amaya Grant tallied 15 points and teammate Caroline Fenton netted 14 to pace the Pirates. Samantha Holbrook chipped in two.
Shaedyn Housh led GBC with 11 points. Other scorers were: Fayth Mitchell, 8; Karlee Smith, 6; and Alexis Warden, 4.
“We are starting to get back in basketball shape, after having missed a lot of practice time and games due to weather,” said FMS coach Phil Samples.
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The Pirate boys slipped by Greater Beckley Christian a week ago.
Micah Bates tallied 14 points to lead the way for FMS. Other scorers were: Dillon Bryant, 6; Jonathan Malay, 5; and Jordan Dempsey, 2.
For GBC, Josh O’Neal scored 12 and Jacob O’Neal had nine.
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On Jan. 30 at Meadow Bridge, the FMS girls used an 8-3 advantage in the third period to secure the win over the Wildcats.
Amaya Grant led the Pirates with eight points. Caroline Fenton added seven, Savannah Kincaid had three, and Samantha Holbrook had two.
Meadow Bridge scoring was as follows: Taylor Smith, 4; Kaylie Persinger, 2; Cydney Claypool, 2; McKayla Church, 2; Savannah Mullins, 2; and Shauna Harless, 1.
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Luke Vass buried a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Pirates past the Wildcats.
Micah Bates poured in 24 points to guide Fayetteville. Other scorers were: Jonathan Malay, 8; Dillon Bryant, 5; Vass, 5; and Darrick McDowell, 2.
Zach Yates netted 20 and Thomas Ferris added 15 for Meadow Bridge. Also providing offense were: Kobe Rozell, 3; Ean Crane, 2; and William Woods, 1.
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