FAYETTE VARSITY GIRLS:
Fayette’s varsity girls let North Central play along for a quarter last Tuesday, then the offense started to open up. The Eagles ended up with a decisive 50-18 BBC win.
“Overall it was a solid win,” coach Ashley Oyer said. “The second half we really picked it up offensively.”
Not only did the Eagles score 32 second-half points, they held the visitors to just nine.
Ball control was one reason for the second-half offensive.
“We took better control of the ball in the second half and had only five turnovers,” Oyer said. “We looked to attack more in the second half, as well.”
No one hit double figures and nine of 10 players put at least two points on the board. Heather Cuff and JeriAnn Lewellen each finished with nine and Elisha Hartman added eight with sharp four-for-five shooting.
Brittany Seiler led under the boards with 13 rebounds. Cuff finished with nine, while Trisha Bates, Amber Scott and Danni Wyse each collected six.
Lewellen and Seiler each made four steals. Bates and Wyse had two each. Cuff made three blocks.
The Eagles can just be glad it wasn’t a close game or their six-for-27 showing at the line might have cost them a victory.
PETTISVILLE—The Eagles couldn’t keep up with Pettisville’s offense Friday, nor could they get their own scoring into gear.
The Blackbirds were on top 22-9 by half-time and finished it off with a 43-21 win.
Pettisville forced far too many turnovers and the Eagles never put up the shots they needed.
Seiler led scoring with only five points
• The Eagles travel to Edon on Thursday, then take a week off before a trip to Stryker.
JV GIRLS: Fayette’s JV girls posted an easy 33-18 victory over North Central Jan. 13, but couldn’t keep pace with Pettisville Friday, losing 46-33.
Nicole Shaffer finished with 12 points against North Central, helping her squad break out of a 4-4 first-quarter tie. Four Eagles scored in the third quarter as Fayette broke it open with a 13-4 advantage to lead 25-12.
Leah Brinegar added nine points and Tara Lichtenwald scored six.
Two players hit double figures in the loss to Pettisville as the Blackbirds spread scoring among eight girls.
Fayette kept it close for two quarters, trailing 19-15 at intermission, but Pettisville doubled up the Eagles points in the third quarter to pull ahead by 12.
Shaffer finished the game with 12 points and Brinegar added 11.
The Eagles had a strong five-for-six night at the free throw line.
FAYETTE VARSITY BOYS:
After the third-quarter slump Saturday night, Fayette coach Todd Mitchell has a new plan for half-time.
“We might go over to the little gym next door and just keep playing,” he said.
After building a 24-12 lead against Edgerton in the first half Saturday at home, the Eagles came out flat after the break, scoring just six points and giving the Bulldogs their biggest quarter of the game.
It was the biggest quarter until the fourth, that is.
“The fourth quarter was just crazy,” Mitchell said.
Edgerton put 21 points on the scoreboard, but Fayette played right along and scored 22 of its own.
In the end, Fayette (5-5, 1-3) was on top of the non-conference contest, 52-44.
Shelby Franks finished with 17 points. Coty Griffiths was tops in rebounds with six. Evan Stoltzfus and Jason Rodriguez each collected four. The Eagles turned the ball over 12 times and scored 15 points from the line, although they connected on only 15 of 27 tries.
Rodriguez, Tyler Keefer and Eliott Richardson each took a charge call.
PETTISVILLE—Coach Mitchell can handle a dozen turnovers for a game, but 30? That’s no way to win a game.
The Eagles had trouble with the defense of the undefeated Pettisville team.
The Blackbirds (9-0) got off to a big 23-14 start and kept piling on the points. Fayette had another slow third-quarter with only four points as Pettisville finished with a 70-44 BBC victory.
“You can’t turn the ball over that many times against a team that good,” Mitchell said. “We were outplayed in every aspect of the game.”
Stoltzfus found his range from the outside and finished with four three-pointers and 14 points. Griffiths collected eight rebounds.
• Fayette entertains Edon on Friday and Holgate on Saturday. Homecoming is rescheduled Saturday at 5 p.m. before the JV basketball game.
JV BOYS: Close but not quite—twice in one week.
Fayette’s JV boys fell Thursday to Pettisville, 42-36, then were tripped up by Edgerton at home Saturday, 39-36.
A final bucket could have tied it up against Edgerton, but the shot missed its goal.
The Eagles gave the Bulldogs too many second chances that resulted either in put-backs or trips to the foul line. For the game, Edgerton scored three more from the line than Fayette.
Trevor Cox paced the Eagle offense with 14 points. He also collected five rebounds.
At Pettisville, Hunter Colegrove went on a scoring binge in the final three minutes, racking up 11 of his 13 points, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Blackbirds.
Fayette committed too many fourth-quarter turnovers, coach Matt Maginn said, and Pettisville was successful at the line, hitting 10 of 13 in the final period.
Cox scored eight and collected seven rebounds. Travis Kline had five rebounds. Jesus Moreno added six points.
“We played hard,” Coach Maginn said, “we just fell short.”
MORENCI VARSITY GIRLS:
Morenci girls coach Jim Yatzek took the press off by half-time, eased out of the trapping defense in the third quarter, and used his bench—all three of them—liberally.
Still, the Bulldogs pummeled Britton (1-6) 52-16 last week in TCC action.
Yatzek said he was concerned about his team’s energy level before the game started. With school canceled due to the cold and a road trip to the Tories’ gym, he wasn’t sure how the Bulldogs would respond.
What he got was a 19-point first quarter.
“We came out really strong,” Yatzek said. “Britton played really hard but they just couldn’t score.”
Leading 35-11 going into the final quarter, he hoped to slow the game down and get in some practice passing the ball around and working for a good shot.
Instead, Britton turnovers led to Morenci fast breaks and the fourth quarter ended up with another big scoring drive.
The Bulldogs finished the night with 20 steals and many of them went in for lay-ups.
“It was a nice game for us with a lot of good things happening,” he said.
Scoring was spread evenly with Mariah Bovee’s 10 points leading the way. Jackie Paris and Tia Tompkins each scored nine. Nicolette Swimmer and Amy Gillman has eight each.
Chanler McCaskey collected five rebounds and six steals. Tompkins made seven steals and four blocks.
Coach Yatzek hopes the Bulldogs (3-4) can turn their season around, starting Tuesday when they travel to Whitmore Lake (1-7).
The JV game against Sand Creek was canceled. Britton has no JV team this season.
MORENCI VARSITY BOYS:
Morenci’s varsity boys stayed ahead of Hudson for about four minutes Thursday, then they let it slip.
The Tigers (4-3) never gave up their lead after that and finished the non-conference contest with a 70-55 win.
Matt Hoadley got the Bulldogs’ offense underway with a three-pointer on Morenci’s second possession. He added a free-throw and another bucket before Clayton Wolf took over.
Wolf came through with a free throw, two buckets and a three, but the Tigers closed the quarter on top, 18-14.
Hudson had trouble putting the game away until late in the evening. A 13-point lead before half-time disappeared when Wolf hit a free throw and Brett Bovee canned a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Bovee cut the lead to seven points with three minutes to play in the third quarter.
Morenci was still within striking range with 5:25 to play after Anthony Tompkins hit two from the line for a 56-46 score. A minute later the Tigers were finally putting it away.
The Bulldogs missed shots on two consecutive possessions and turned the ball over on another and Tigers were soon out of reach.
Morenci scored 14 points from the line, but missed on another 14 tries.
Wolf led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 19, followed by Bovee with 13 and Hoadley and Tompkins with nine each.
• Morenci went to Summerfield last night to face the undefeated Bulldogs from Monroe County. Whiteford (4-3) visits Friday.
Morenci’s JV cagers started off with a 19-2 run against Britton Jan. 12 and finished with a 78-51 victory.
The action slowed for the Bulldogs in the middle two quarters due to foul trouble, but Morenci came on strong again at the end with a 25-point fourth quarter.
The Tories closed the gap to nine in the third quarter, but the Bulldog bench maintained the lead.
Morenci hit eight three-point shots in the first half and the outside shooters faced heavy coverage in the third quarter. Lucas Hollstein took over on the inside to score 16 of his 18 points.
Andrew White added 17 and Craig finished with 15.
Thursday at Hudson, the Bulldogs struggled with two starters out of the lineup, but held on for a 46-41 win.
Craig was hot from the outside again with five three’s and 21 points. Alex Tompkins came off the bench to hit a pair of threes in the first half and Logan Drummond came in for the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
Hollstein faced heavy pressure from Hudson’s taller team, but Drummond’s height spread the coverage and the two combined for 16 points.
WRESTLING: Morenci’s wrestlers claimed a pair of wins against Tri-County Conference foes two weeks ago, then turned around and lost to one of them a week later.
Sand Creek fell 51-18 and Madison was topped 40-36 when the Bulldogs traveled to Clinton Jan. 7. When Madison came to Morenci last week, the Trojans finished on top 40-34.
Morenci wrestlers scored six pins and a decision win against Sand Creek. The Aggies scored pins against Loren Delmonico (135 pounds) and Corey Williams (171) and added six points in a void win.
For the Bulldogs, pins were earned by Dustin Roller (130) at 2:31, Jeff Nofziger (140) at 1:38, Mitch Schmucker (145) at 2:26, Nate Grieder (160) at :22, Lucas Johnson (215) at 3:35 and Sam Majahrowski (185) at 1:37. Levi Hoffman (189) added three points with an 8-4 decision.
Against Madison, the Trojans took a six-point advantage in voids and claimed pins against Marcus Burciaga (103) and Delmonico. Grieder defaulted due to an injury.
Tyler Guelde won by void, and pins were earned by Roller at :59, Schmucker at :32, Johnson at 1:53 and Majahrowski at 3:26. Nofziger took a 21-8 decision.
Starting at 119 pounds last week, Madison went ahead 12-0 on voids before Roller took a 26-13 win. Delmonico was pinned and the Trojans shifted weight classes for a double void at 140.
Nofziger (145) earned a pin at 1:21 and Schmucker (152) lost 12-2 and suffered a season-ending injury. Williams and Grieder were both pinned, adding 12 more points the visitors’ commanding lead.
Bach pinned at :36, Johnson followed with a pin at 1:57 and Majahrowski earned a pin at :31, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Burciaga was pinned and Guelde’s void win made it the final 40-34.
The Bulldogs are still winning more than losing on an individual basis, coach Scott Clark said. They’ll get their strongest test of the season Saturday at Hudson’s big individual tournament. Clark figures it will be the toughest event of the season until the state tournament.
Roller’s record stands at 18-1 and Nofziger’s at 17-1. Johnson is at 12-3 and Majahrowski is at 12-4.
BOOSTERS: Varsity football coach, Tom Saylor, will be a guest speaker at the next Morenci Athletic Boosters meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library. Saylor will discuss fund raising ideas and his ideas for the football program.
Parents of middle school and high school athletes as well as anyone interested in the school sports programs are encouraged to attend.
The Boosters meet on the fourth Monday of each month.
Booster club members discuss the needs of the school’s athletic programs and decide how the needs might be filled.