In its last game before the Christmas break, the Fayetteville Middle School girls basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 37-22 conquest of visiting Western Greenbrier on Dec. 19.
The Pirates, who had lost 46-34 the night before to Mullens, jumped out to an 11-2 lead and built up a 19-9 halftime margin en route to the win over Western Greenbrier.
“Our girls responded well from their first loss,” said FMS coach Phil Samples. “We had played Western Greenbrier earlier at the Peterstown Holiday Tourney and they played us well.
“I think the girls were a little motivated from how they played that first game versus Western. We continued our fine play in the third quarter, led by our defensive intensity off of our press.”
Kendall Malay tallied 12 points to lead the way for Fayetteville. Others in the scoring column included: Caroline Fenton, 7; Faith Norris, 6; Hannah Franklin, 4; Autumn Hill, 4; Savannah Kincaid, 2; and Whimzey Gipson, 2.
M. Adkins led Western with nine points. Other scorers were: T. Manspile, 4; C. McCune, 4; T. Walker, 2; M. Lauderdale, 2; and G. Neff, 1.
Fayetteville (7-1) travels to Western Greenbrier tonight.
Mullens broke away from a narrow 21-18 halftime lead to defeat the Pirate girls on Dec. 18.
The Pirates knotted the game at 18-all late in the opening half, but Mullens’ K. Griffith hit a shot from just past half-court to give Mullens a three-point lead at the half.
“We seemed a step behind most of the night,” coach Phil Samples said. “It was our seventh game in 21 days.
“But the girls kept fighting hard and never gave up.”
Faith Norris and Kendall Malay tallied 11 points each for Fayetteville. Other point-producers included: Savannah Kincaid, 3; Caroline Fenton, 3; Hannah Franklin, 2; Rachel Mankins, 2; and Autumn Hill, 2.
K. Johnson poured in 24 for Mullens. Griffith added 15.
A successful putback by Faith Norris with about 50 seconds left handed the Pirates the thrilling triumph over their Fayette County foe.
Ansted extended its 10-8 halftime lead to 15-10 midway through the third quarter, but Fayetteville battled back and tied it at 18-18 near the end of the frame.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair.
After the go-ahead bucket by Norris, Fayetteville coach Phil Samples said, “We quickly called a timeout to set up our defense. The girls played great defense for the final 50 seconds to preserve the win.”
Kendall Malay netted 10 points to pace the Pirates. Other scorers were: Hannah Franklin, 8; Norris, 5; Caroline Fenton, 3; and Jordan Lawhorn, 1.
J. Wilson led the Trailblazers with nine points. Also providing offense were: J. Nuckols, 5; H. Nickell, 5; M. Stonestreet, 5; and D. Nickell, 2.
Kendall Malay bucketed 17 points to lead Fayetteville past Valley.
Other scorers were: Hannah Franklin, 5; Savannah Kincaid, 4; Faith Norris, 3; Caroline Fenton, 2; and Rachel Mankins, 1.
J. Thompson scored 13 for the Greyhounds. Other scorers were: T. Oden, 4; P. Fairfax, 3; A. Taylor, 2; and H. Thompson, 2.