Below is a review of final regular season middle school basketball games:
The Pirate girls ended their regular slate with a 14-4 record by turning back the Trailblazers at home Monday night.
“It was another great game between the eventual top two seeds in the county tournament,” said Fayetteville coach Phil Samples.
Ansted owned an early 7-0 lead before the Pirates moved into a 9-7 margin near the end of the first period. FMS led 19-14 before the Trailblazers scored a pair of buckets at the end of the half to pull to within 19-18.
“We talked to our girls about seven of their (Ansted’s) baskets (being) inside the blocks, and that just can’t happen against a good defensive team,” said Samples. “I think the girls were motivated. They came out and played some of the best defense any of my past four teams have played.
“They held Ansted without a field goal the entire second half.”
Kendall Malay tallied 11 points and Faith Norris nine to lead Fayetteville. Other scorers were: Savannah Kincaid, 4; Caroline Fenton, 3; Autumn Hill, 2; and Hannah Franklin, 1.
Jacklyn Nickell scored seven points for Ansted. Others in the scoring column included: Laurel Johnson, 6; Jennifer Wilson, 5; Mallory Stonestreet, 2; and Kayla Franklin, 1.
A 9-0 spread in the second quarter enabled the Pirate girls to create some space en route to the decision over Valley.
Kendall Malay netted 11 points to lead the FMS attack. Other scorers were: Faith Norris, 4; Hannah Franklin, 4; Rachel Mankins, 4; Caroline Fenton, 2; Amaya Grant, 2; and Savannah Kincaid, 1.
Jersey Thompson led Valley with eight markers. Other scorers were: Taylor Oden, 4; Paris Fairfax, 4; and Ashton Taylor, 1.
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Fayetteville trailed 15-6 at halftime before coming to life in the second half to earn the triumph.
“It was another battle by two teams that play hard and are good defensively,” said Pirate coach Phil Samples. “It was a back-and-forth fourth quarter with good defense by both teams.”
Kendall Malay (11 points) buried a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded to allow the Pirates to escape.
Other point-producers for FMS were: Faith Norris, 6; Savannah Kincaid, 3; and Caroline Fenton, 3.
Micah Farr led the Wildcats with seven points. Other scorers were: Sheyla Harless, 5; Taylor Smith, 4; Makayla Church, 2; and Shauna Harless, 2.