From Staff Reports
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.
Meadow Bridge 20
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.
In the Big Atlantic Classic in late January, the Fayetteville girls suffered a 24-20 loss to Eastern Greenbrier on the opening day and a 33-21 setback to Park in the consolation.
FMS scorers against EG were: Kendall Malay, 8; Hannah Franklin, 4; Faith Norris, 3; Savannah Kincaid, 3; and Rachel Mankins, 2.
Pirates in the scoring column against Park were: Malay, 14; Fenton, 3; and Norris, 3.
Ashlee Lane led Park with 18.
The Valley Middle boys got a big dose of momentum going into this week’s Fayette County Middle School Basketball Tournament.
The Greyhounds posted two big wins last week in avenging losses earlier in the season to Fayetteville and Summers County. The pair of triumphs left Valley at 14-3 entering its tournament opener at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 versus the Fayetteville-Saints Peter & Paul winner.
Last Thursday, Valley slipped by visiting Fayetteville 24-21.
“We played really well,” said assistant coach John Whitt. “Our defense was great, but we missed a lot of shots.”
Valley held the late lead before Fayetteville got 3-pointers from Will Fenton and Ricky Meadows to tie the game. Valley’s Nathan Kincaid then drilled the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, and the ‘Hounds held on.
Tracy Conliffe enjoyed a huge game to pace Valley. Conliffe registered 16 points, 22 rebounds and four blocked shots. “He played a great game,” said Whitt.
Other scorers were: Kincaid, 3; Ryan Copeland, 4; and Spencer Dean, 1.
Devin Williams didn’t score, but he played “tremendous” defense, Whitt noted. “It was the best defense we played all season.”
Meadows led the Pirates with 11 points. Others in the scoring column were: Fenton, 5; Dalton Dempsey, 4; and Marcus Lively, 1.
Also last week, Valley thumped Summers County 50-29.
The annual Fayette County Middle School Basketball Tournament started Wednesday and is set to continue today and Friday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville.
Top seeds are Collins in the boys division and Fayetteville in the girls division.
Admission is $5.
“It should be a great county tournament,” said Samples.
Remaining pairings are as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 14
-- 4 p.m. — No. 2 Ansted girls vs. Meadow Bridge-Saints Peter & Paul winner
-- 5:30 p.m. — No. 2 Valley boys vs. Fayetteville-Saints Peter & Paul winner
-- 7 p.m. — No. 1 Fayetteville girls vs. Collins-Valley winner
-- 8:30 p.m. — No. 1 Collins boys vs. Ansted-Meadow Bridge winner
Friday, Feb. 15
-- 4 p.m. — Girls consolation
-- 5:30 p.m. — Boys consolation
-- 7 p.m. — Girls championship
-- 8 p.m. — Boys championship.