A pair of Fayette County-based AAU basketball teams competed this past weekend in the Summers County Classic at Summers Co. High School.
The Pirates, a team of Fayetteville fifth-graders, played the WV Miners from Wyoming County, falling 26-12. Jordan Dempsey and Luke Vass led the scoring with four points each, followed by Darrick McDowell and Kris Wilson with two points each.
They next played Oak Hill, falling 47-14. Vass led the scoring with six points, followed by McDowell’s four. Also contributing were Wilson and Timmy Bell with two points each.
By going 0-2 in pool play, the Fayetteville boys had to play Clay in their first bracket game, losing 20-16 to finish their weekend at 0-3.
The seventh-grade WV Hornets began play with a 40-23 setback to the Greenbrier Elite, a Fairlea/Lewisburg squad. Michael Martin and Micah Bates led the Hornets in scoring with six points each, followed by Will Fenton and Dalton Dempsey with four points apiece. Ricky Meadows added three markers.
The Hornets dropped a 39-37 decision in five overtimes to Gilmer County. Meadows led the Hornets with 12 points, followed by Fenton with eight, Dalton Dempsey with six, Stevie Price with five, Martin with four and Bates with two.
The Hornets returned on Sunday afternoon, seeded fourth and having to play the No. 1 seed, WV Crush (Princeton/PikeView), in a rematch from the previous weekend tournament in Princeton, where the winner advanced to the championship game. The Hornets were successful again, beating the Crush 35-27. Meadows again led the way with 14 points, followed by Fenton with nine, Martin with five, Dalton Dempsey with four, and Jordan Dempsey with three.
With the win, the Hornets advanced to their second championship game in as many tournaments. After Gilmer beat the Greenbrier Elite, it set up a rematch of the five-OT game played the previous day. Gilmer prevailed by the score of 31-20, as the Hornets could connect on just one field goal and two free throws in the second half. Jordan Dempsey led the Hornets with six points, followed by Fenton, Meadows and Martin with four points apiece. Bates contributed two as the team finished 1-3 but garnered the runner-up trophy.
The Hornets will get back into action on April 14 and 15 in the Gilmer County Shootout Tournament in Glenville.
The fifth-grade Fayetteville team consists of players from the Fayetteville area. They are Jordan Dempsey, Darrick McDowell, Kris Wilson, Jeffrey McKnight, Luke Vass, Nick Milam, Conner Pack, Timmie Bell, Jon Daniel Franklin and Steven Lawhorn.
The seventh-grade squad, the WV Hornets, consists of players from Fayetteville, Oak Hill and Nuttall. They are Will Fenton, Ricky Meadows, Dalton Dempsey, Stevie Price, Marcus Lively, Micah Bates and Jordan Dempsey, all from Fayetteville, Oak Hill’s Michael Martin and Dallas Jones, and Nuttall’s Noah Minor.
Both squads played earlier at the Rumble in the Mountains tournament at Princeton.
The Pirates went 1-2, with a win over John Flournoy Allstars, from Midland Trail, and losses to the WV Ice, of Bluefield, and to the John Flournoy Allstars (in a semifinal).
The WV Hornets went 2-2. They started their AAU season with a 26-18 loss to the WV Crush (Princeton/PikeView), then came back that afternoon with a 54-40 win over The Bandits (Covington, Va.) before beating the WV Crush 40-39 in the semifinal to advance to the championship game on Sunday against the WV Ice.
The Ice posted a 50-32 victory to grab the title. Up 8-4 in the opening five minutes of the game, the Ice used a 20-7 run over a six-minute period to go up 28-11.
“To finish second in their first tournament, especially against larger schools, was quite an accomplishment for these young men,” said Phil Samples.
The Hornets were paced by Will Fenton, who averaged 11.5 points per game over the weekend, and Michael Martin, who averaged 10 points per game.