A sweep of two games in the girls Peterstown Holiday Tournament, followed by a 32-24 defeat of Valley this past Monday, moved the Fayetteville Middle School Pirates to 5-0. Following is a review of three of the Pirates’ recent contests:
Fayetteville 31, Peterstown 18
Fayetteville led by just two points, 8-6, after the first period but picked up the defensive pressure and gradually took control, said coach Phil Samples.
A seven-point halftime lead had expanded to 15, 26-11, after 18 minutes.
“It was definitely a better showing on the road than the night before,” Samples said.
Kendall Malay and Faith Norris netted nine points each for the Pirates. Other scorers were: Jordan Lawhorn, 4; Savannah Kincaid, 4; Hannah Franklin, 2; Caroline Fenton, 2; and Autumn Hill, 1.
Hayleigh Ballangee and Sydney Ballard had five each for Peterstown. Also providing offense were: Kelli Ellison, 2; Kelsey Allen, 2; Dara Fox, 2; and Haley Spencer, 2.
FMS players chosen for the all-tournament team were Malay, Norris and Fenton.
Fayetteville 21, Western Greenbrier 16
The Pirates overcame a sluggish start and built up an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter against Western Greenbrier.
Kendall Malay tallied eight points for Fayetteville. Caroline Fenton added six, Rachel Mankins four and Faith Norris three.
For Western, Genevieve Neff and Meredith Lauderdale scored five each, and Skylar Snuffer, Taylor Walker and Taylor Manspile contributed two apiece.
Fayetteville 29, Greater Beckley 15
A 12-2 showing in the third period helped the Pirates break away from the visiting Greater Beckley Christian Crusaders on Dec. 3.
Two players — Faith Norris (14 points) and Kendall Malay (11) — provided double-digit offense for Fayetteville. Hannah Franklin tossed in four points.
Brooke Matheny led GBC with 10 markers, while teammates Faith Marcum and Regan Hogan supplied three and two, respectively.
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The Valley Middle School boys got off to a slow start but eventually prevailed easily, 46-16, over Ansted Thursday.
According to assistant coach John Whitt, the Greyhounds led by nine points, 22-13, at halftime before picking up the defensive intensity.
For the Greyhounds, Nathan Kincaid tossed in a game-high 15 points, while teammate Tracy Conliffe registered 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Garyn Pritt contributed seven points and five steals, Spencer Dean scored six, Devin Williams collected four points, five rebounds and five steals, and Corey Cupples scored four points.
Also, Mikey Scarbrough pulled down seven rebounds, and Laytner Smith cleared five boards.
For Ansted, Noah Minor tallied a team-high 10 points. Matt Skaggs, Dillon Harper and Carson Cochran added two apiece.