From Staff Reports
The Fayetteville girls and Ansted boys earned Fayette County middle school basketball championships Friday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building.
Following is a review of some of the action from the opening rounds:
- In one girls semifinal, the Meadow Bridge girls enjoyed a strong second half to secure a 34-19 triumph over Valley.
Taylor Smith scored 12 points and Shauna Harless 11 to guide the Wildcats. Also providing offense were: Makayla Church, 2; Kaylie Persinger, 4; and Savannah Mullins, 5.
- The Ansted boys assumed a 13-point lead on Fayetteville and held off a late Pirate surge for a 46-38 win in one semifinal Thursday.
Nathan Hanshew tallied 13 points to lead the Trailblazers, while Austin Isaacs and Noah Minor contributed 10 points each. Also in the scoring column were: Curtis Gray, 5; and Carson Cochran, 8.
Micah Bates delivered a game-high 16 points for the Pirates. Other scorers were: Jonathon Malay, 4; Jordan Dempsey, 2; Dylan Bryant, 7; and Luke Vass, 7.
- In the other boys semifinal, Collins fought off a challenge from Valley to secure a 54-49 verdict.
Abraham Farrow and Khori Bass scored 14 points each for the Little Devils. Other scorers were: Andrew Work, 4; Dietrick Penn, 4; Logan Erickson, 8; Tristan Morgan, 5; and Nick Loving, 5.
VMS had three double-digit scorers — Jimmy Harper and Nick Gipson with 13 each and Spencer Dean with 10. Other scorers included: Nathan Kincaid, 5; Dalton Perdue, 2; and Garyn Pritt, 6.
Erickson converted a three-point play to make it 48-41 with 1:40 to play, then Farrow scored off a Bass steal to give Collins a 50-41 cushion that Valley couldn’t overcome.
- On Wednesday, the Valley boys slipped by Meadow Bridge 49-47 to move on to the semifinals.
Nick Gipson tallied a team-high 18 points to pace the Greyhounds. Spencer Dean and Jimmy Harper had 10 each. Other scorers were: Nathan Kincaid, 5; Dalton Perdue, 2; and Garyn Pritt, 4.
Meadow Bridge was led by Zach Yates’ 18 points. Thomas Ferris added 15, William Woods had 10, and Jared Gladwell netted four.
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