By Steve Keenan
Fayetteville posted two blowout wins to initiate the girls middle school basketball season recently.
This past Monday, the Pirate girls easily handled host Valley 34-15. Prior to that, they cruised by Ansted 36-9 in a rematch of last year’s Fayette County middle school championship contest.
Following is a review of the action:
Valley led 6-4 at the 4:00 mark of the first period before Fayetteville’s pressure began to take its toll.
An 8-0 spurt led Fayetteville to a 27-8 halftime margin.
“We had a hard time finding the basket in the second half but kept up our defensive pressure to extend our lead to 30-9 by the end of the third quarter,” said Fayetteville coach Phil Samples.
Caroline Fenton bucketed 20 points to power the FMS attack. Madison Prichard and Amaya Grant added six each, and Samantha Holbrook scored two.
Hannah Foster led Valley with eight, while Gracie Gipson scored five and Kyla Smith had two.
Fayetteville (2-0) will play Meadow Bridge at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building. The FMS coaches and players will present their 2012-13 championship banner to principal Bryan Parsons in between the girls game and the boys game.
An aggressive full-court defense propelled the Pirates to a 26-4 halftime lead en route to the victory.
Caroline Fenton tallied 20 points for the Pirates. Others in the scoring column were: Amaya Grant, 6; Autumn Hill, 4; Madison Prichard, 2; Savannah Kincaid, 2; and Samantha Holbrook, 2.
Ansted scorers included: Kayla Franklin, 4; Tabitha Gill, 3; and Sarah Horrocks, 2.
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The Valley Middle School boys ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second half Monday to pull out a 53-28 victory over the Fayetteville Pirates.
Having just a single-digit lead as the third period wound down, Valley (3-0) got a baseline jumper from Jimmy Harper to go up 37-26, then Harper made 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead to 38-26 with a quarter to go.
Then, the ‘Hounds got six points off the defense of Garyn Pritt and Spencer Dean at the outset of the fourth to create even more cushion and coast to the victory.
“In the first half we came out a little flat,” said Valley coach Makie McCommack. “We told them we had to pick up the intensity.
“We started attacking the basket and it paid off.”
Harper’s 14 points led a balanced VMS attack. Also providing double-digit scoring were Nathan Kincaid (12), Dean (10) and Pritt (10). Dalton Perdue added three and Nick Gipson and Adam Falbo had two each.
Micah Bates scored 13 to pace Fayetteville (0-2), which lost to Ansted in its opener. Jonathon Malay chipped in 10 and Jordan Dempsey had six.