By Steve Keenan
The Fayetteville Middle School girls improved their record to 6-2 last week with wins over Western Greenbrier and rival Collins. Following is a review of recent games:
W. Greenbrier 25
A solid second quarter enabled the Pirates to get enough cushion to post the triumph over host Western Greenbrier on Jan. 16.
Leading by just two points, 6-4, Fayetteville got some breathing room by outpointing Western Greenbrier 15-2 in the second frame to assume control.
“After a close first quarter, we probably played our best quarter of the season, scoring 15 points to stretch our lead to 21-6 at the half,” explained FMS coach Phil Samples.
Western came out “aggressively” in the third period and trimmed the FMS lead to nine points, 25-16, and the hosts continued their inspired play early in the fourth, tallying eight straight points to creep to within one point, 25-24.
“But our girls stepped up and finished strong,” Samples said.
Fayetteville (6-2) was led by Autumn Hill’s 11-point effort. Other scorers were: Caroline Fenton, 8; Amaya Grant, 7; Madison Prichard, 2; Savannah Kincaid, 2; and Whimzey Gipson, 2.
Makayla Adkins scored eight for Western Greenbrier. Other scorers were: Rachel Adkins, 6; Brittany Bevins, 4; Myrinda Robinson, 2; Caity Keatley, 2; Hope Boone, 2; and Caity Mullins, 1.
Weather permitting, the Pirates are slated to face Clay County at home on Thursday, Jan. 23.
Meadow Bridge 13
The Greyhound girls trailed by four points, 10-6, heading into the final period Thursday before rallying.
Kyla Smith and Taylor Oden each scored four crucial points in that last six-minute frame to lift Valley to the victory.
“I know it wasn’t pretty,” said VMS coach Johnny Whitt, but he credited his team for not giving up and playing better down the stretch.
“We had some good shots but just couldn’t make any,” Whitt added.
He praised Smith and Amaya Walker for the defensive pressure they put on Meadow Bridge.
Smith finished with four points and 10 steals, while Oden registered four points and five rebounds. Hannah Foster scored six points and had four steals.
For Meadow Bridge, Taylor Smith led the way with five points. Shauna Harless added four, and Makayla Church and Cydney Claypool had two apiece.
The ‘Hounds (4-3) visit Ansted Thursday.
The two county rivals engaged in another close battle.
Fayetteville led 13-10 at halftime, but Collins caught fire in the third period and pulled ahead 19-14 with about 2:00 left in the stanza, Fayetteville coach Phil Samples said.
“We called a timeout to set up our press defense and to let the girls know they had to step up their play if they wanted a chance to win,” Samples said. “They were able to get two steals off our press and converted those steals into two layups to cut the lead to 19-18 after three quarters.”
“The fourth quarter was another back-and-forth struggle, but we were able tie game up at 23-23 with a little over a minute to go,” he continued. “After several changes in possession, we were able to score the final basket with 2.3 seconds to go.
“Our girls ran their under-the-basket inbounds play to perfection, with Caroline Fenton getting the pass and putting in the basket to give us a narrow 25-23 win.”
Fenton tallied 11 points to spearhead the offense for FMS (5-2). Other scorers were: Autumn Hill, 7; Amaya Grant, 4; Savannah Kincaid, 2; and Madison Prichard, 1.
Sian Smith netted 11 to lead the Little Devils. Others in the scoring column were: Brooke Daniels, 6; Taea’ Scruggs, 4; and Madison Surface, 2.
Peterstown outscored Fayetteville 19-10 in the middle two periods to secure the win in the Jan. 9 contest.
“We had a hard time getting started, maybe due to our first loss of the season (Mullens) the night before and not having a starter (home with the flu),” said Fayetteville coach Phil Samples. “Defensively, we are giving up too many open shots, but credit the teams from the last two nights for making those.”
Autumn Hill scored nine points to pace FMS (4-2). Other scorers were: Caroline Fenton, 4; Savannah Kincaid, 4; and Samantha Holbrook, 1.
Gracie Mann tallied 13 to lead Peterstown. Others in the scoring column were: Haleigh Ballengee, 6; Chylyn Fox, 5; Hannah Johnson, 2; Kelli Ellison, 1; Taylor Simms, 1; and Kelsey Reed, 1.
The Pirates stayed close in the first quarter, trailing by just 12-9, but visiting Mullens cruised the rest of the way.
“After a competitive first quarter, we had a few lapses in our defense and their shooter (Jasmine Blankenship) hit three 3s and several baskets (during a 14-point quarter) that we could just not overcome.
“After being down by 13 at the half, we charged back to within eight points, 29-21, only to see Mullens go to the free-throw line 12 times to extend their lead back up to 43-21 after three quarters.”
Autumn Hill and Caroline Fenton tallied seven points each for the Pirates. Other point-producers included: Amaya Grant, 4; Madison Prichard, 3; and Savannah Kincaid, 2.
Blankenship poured in 23 to lead Mullens. Other scorers were: Katie Griffith, 7; Kara Walker, 7; Kyndal Johnson, 8; Kelsey Green, 5; Lexi Boothe, 2; and Autie Miller, 1.
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