FAYETTE BOYS BASKETBALL: Fayette got in the win column in BBC play Thursday by stopping North Central, 73-66.
North Central took control early in the game as Derick Wyrick put 12 points on the scoreboard for a 25-16 lead. Fayette got its first-quarter scoring from six players—a sign of good things to come.
The Eagles came back in the second quarter and in the end—five players were in double figures.
“That’s the first time I can remember having five kids in double figures,” coach Todd Mitchell said.
It was unselfish team play, he said, and the kids were happy about whoever was scoring points.
Wyrick was unstoppable in the first quarter, but he was held to a single bucket in both the second and third quarter after Fayette switched to 3-2 zone
“We started pressing to keep the ball out of his hands,” Mitchell said.
The Eagles went eight of eight from the line in the second quarter, with four from Jason Rodriguez, to take the lead by as many as 12 points and sit on top 43-37 at intermission.
Fayette had the opportunity to wrap it up easily in the final quarter, but this time they hit only four of 11 from the free throw line.
Tyler Keefer led scoring with 18 points and collected 10 rebounds. Trevor Cox gave five assists and Rodriguez added three. Evan Stoltzfus canned three three’s when North Central went to a zone.
Nelson Barnhiser and Hunter Colegrove both came off the bench to give some good defensive play, Mitchell said.
MVHS—The Eagles captured a low-scoring non-league contest Dec. 15 at Maumee Valley Country Day, 41-36. Once again, a weak showing at the line prevented a more decisive win.
Fayette was on top by only a point at half-time, 20-19, and the 11-7 third quarter advantage made all the difference.
From the line, Fayette connected on only eight of 20 tries.
The Eagles had some trouble getting shots off in the slow, deliberate style play that the Hawks favor.
Freshman Zayne Colegrove scored nine and grabbed seven rebounds in his first full-time varsity game. Rodriguez gave four assists, collected four rebounds and took a charge. Stoltzfus made a pair of steals.
The Eagles committed 20 turnovers.
JVs: Fayette JV boys coach Matt Maginn hopes his squad’s showing at the free throw line Thursday is the start of a trend.
The Eagles hit 17 of 20 tries in posting a 51-37 BBC victory against North Central.
Fayette was on top by 13 at half-time, but started to let North Central back in during the third quarter. That didn’t last long. The Eagles finished it off with a 19-point fourth quarter to stay in control.
“We pressured the ball a lot in the fourth quarter,” Maginn said. “Jessie Rodriguez and Jerry Minzey are putting a lot of pressure on and turnovers are leading to buckets.”
Chase Hookstadt scored some fast break points and the Eagles were paced by Minzey who scored 19 points, including seven for eight from the line. Kruce Miller collected five rebounds.
Against Maumee Valley Dec. 15, the Eagles used a big third quarter to come from behind and post a 48-39 win.
The Hawks led by four at half-time, but Fayette matched the Hawks’ production in the third quarter to move ahead 36-28.
“We started playing good defense and getting back into position,” Coach Maginn said.
Hookstadt brought in nine rebounds, Miller finished with six and Minzey had four. Minzey led scoring with 13, followed by 12 from Kruce Miller, eight from Hookstadt, seven from Jessie Rodriguez and six from Kevin Ferguson.
FAYETTE GIRLS JVs: Fayette’s JV cagers stayed perfect in BBC girls play with a 22-17 win Friday against North Central.
The two squads stayed close throughout the first three quarters and it took Fayette’s 9-4 final period to secure the win.
“We’re still playing stronger in the second half,” said coach Matt Schaffner. “They’re not giving up, but they could make it easier for themselves by playing all four quarters.”
Schaffner said the squad is still struggling to get enough shots off and the younger players are still adjusting to the team. Overall, he thinks they’re doing well.
Ashtyn Baker led scoring with 10 points. Cady Stockburger and Tori Lichtenwald each added four.
Fayette lost to Antwerp 18-16 in a game where neither team could find the bucket. Antwerp had a half-time lead of 6-4.
The Eagles committed only nine turnovers, but they weren’t playing an aggressive offense, Schaffner said.
Edgerton claimed a 43-21 win and shut Fayette out in the second quarter.
Stryker was stopped 24-19 in a BBC contest Dec. 11. Lichtenwald and Allison Cuff each scored six points and Baker added five.
MORENCI BOYS BASKETBALL: Morenci’s varsity boys nearly overcame a big Madison lead early on, but the comeback fizzled away quickly in the third quarter. The Trojans remained unbeaten with a 60-39 victory here Thursday.
“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” coach Tim Bovee said. “We shouldn’t come out with such a sense of urgency. I’m preaching patience. Slow it down, wait for the good shot and good things will happen.”
Madison took a 13-point lead in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run and trailed by just five at intermission.
Clayton Wolf hit a pair of buckets before Luke Craig sunk a three-pointer to trail by four. Brett Bovee, Isaac Jeffers and Craig each added a bucket to make it 32-27 at the break.
Once play resumed, Madison scored and Morenci turned the ball over on five of six possessions. The Bulldogs ended the quarter with seven turnovers and two for six shooting as the Trojans went on a 25-7 rampage. The fourth quarter opened with a charge called against the Bulldogs.
A brief fight in the final period left two players ejected and the foul tally ended with 24 four Morenci and 23 for Madison.
“Missing bunnies is still our Achilles heel,” Bovee said. “So many roll off the rim and you can see the body language on the court.”
BD—Morenci played a consistent game throughout Dec. 15 to win 66-56 against Britton-Deerfield.
“It was one of the nights where we put four quarters together,” Bovee said. “We were down in the second half, but the kids responded well.”
The Bulldogs could have had an easier time with better success at the line, hitting only 11 of 26 tries. Morenci was on top by only six points with 90 seconds to play.
Wolf tallied 24 points and collected a dozen rebounds. Jeffers added 14 points and Bovee scored 10.
JVs: Morenci’s JV boys watched a seven-point lead nearly evaporate Thursday when Madison visited, but the Bulldog held on for a 38-36 victory.
The Trojans tightened the game to 33-31 without about two minutes to play, but Lucas Hollstein and Hayze Wolf scored the final five points at the line to stay on top, despite two late turnovers.
“We only had six kids, but our effort was outstanding,” coach John Craig said. “Madison ran a press early on and once we adjusted to it, we had it taken care of.”
Brad Funchion made at least eight blocks, Craig said, to help control Madison’s taller kids.
“We did a great job of limiting them to one shot and we really attacked the offensive glass to give us second opportunities,” he said.
Coach Craig didn’t see a lot of effort from his players Dec. 15 against Britton-Deerfield.
“They really came at us and we didn’t match their effort,” he said.
The Patriots went on top 22-4 and finished with a 61-34 win.
MORENCI VARSITY GIRLS: Better ball control in the second half led Morenci’s varsity girls to a 56-47 TCC victory Saturday night against Britton-Deerfield. The Patriots had a slim lead at intermission, but it fell apart in the second half.
Both teams have 2-3 records.
The combined Patriots team is improved from the past season, Morenci coach Tim Yatzek said, when the school still operated separate basketball programs.
The Bulldogs were on top after a big first quarter, but that dissolved in the second period through turnovers and some shooting problems.
“The biggest thing is that we had 15 turnovers in the first half and only two in the second,” Yatzek said. “We took care of the ball really well, Brooke [Bovee] in particular.”
Morenci also had some shooting problems early on.
“We were missing a lot of easy bunnies in the first half,” Yatzek said, but that changed.
Tia Tompkins scored eight of her 11 points in the final quarter. Bovee penetrated well and dished the ball off—often to Mercedez McCaskey who scored 12 in the second half and finished with four three-pointers.
Tompkins netted 13 rebounds and Bovee gave eight assists and grabbed four steals. Chelsea Tompkins gave a strong defensive effort, Yatzek said, and collected six steals. Chanler McCaskey tallied six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
SAND CREEK—The Aggies may be the premier team in the TCC this season, but that’s no reason not to show a strong effort, Coach Yatzek said.
“We weren’t even hustling in the first half,” he said, and the Bulldogs fell behind 35-6.
Both McCaskeys collected three fouls before half time.
The Bulldogs responded to Yatzek’s direction at intermission and outplayed the Aggies after the break.
“We looked like a different team in the second half,” Yatzek said, but it was far too late to come back.
JVs: Morenci’s junior varsity girls had a surplus of players Saturday against Britton-Deerfield and they came home with a win.
Coach Emilie Beach said there was concern about Chelsea Phillips being able to play due to illness, so Tequoia Jarrell came down from varsity to give the Bulldogs six players.
Phillips played after all, but she wasn’t yet up to par.
“Tequoia was really a big help,” Beach said.
The Bulldogs missed a lot of lay-ups, she said, but they adjusted to Britton’s small gymnasium and played really hard.
Matea Garcia led scoring with 14 points and Alexis Baker added 12.
MORENCI WRESTLING: Morenci’s wrestlers gave a better showing Saturday at the East Jackson Invitational than a year ago, despite their inexperience and two wrestlers failing to make weight.
“We only had one win, but I went home a lot happier than before,” coach Scott Clark said.
“They’re getting it,” he said about his young squad.
The Bulldogs were hurt by the two individuals not making weight, Clark said, since one match ended in a tie and another by a difference of 11 points.
Morenci started the day against the host team and gave up 36 points in voided weight classes. East Jackson scored three pins in its 54-30 victory while the Bulldogs came through with five.
John Michael Martinez (125 pounds) earned a pin at 2:18, Dustin Roller (130) at 2:13, Packard Smith (152) at 1:21, Brady Canfield (189) at 2:35 and Jordan Bach (215) at 2:08.
Only Bach fought for a win against Martin, scoring a pin at 1:18. Morenci’s other points all came from void wins. Martin came out on top 47-36.
Against Reading, Morenci fell 67-9—a worse score than their previous meeting, but a better performance overall, Clark said.
Brandt Kelley (112) was in a 2-2 tie with 10 seconds to go, but lost 3-2 on a penalty point. Martinez lost 16-3, but the match was much better than what the score indicates, Clark said. Roller claimed a tough 7-6 decision after leading 7-2 late in his match.
Against Athens, the Bulldogs dropped a couple close decisions from wrestlers who bumped up to a higher class. Brandon Myers moved up two classes to 130 and lost a 6-4 decision.
Roller jumped a class and took his first loss of the season, 3-1, against a foe who placed sixth in the state last season. The Bulldog senior tried to break a 1-1 tie with a take-down. He didn’t get it; his opponent did.
Tyler Arnett (215) scored a pin at 1:34 and the teams tied at 30 each. Athens took the win by criteria.
Morenci’s win for the day came against Hanover-Horton, 36-21, after losing 60-16 to the Comets a week earlier. The Comets were missing two starters and this time around Morenci had its wrestlers in the proper weight classes.
Kelley had a great match, Clark said, but lost it 6-4. Martinez scored a pin at 2:43 and other wins came from voids.
POWER LIFTING: Morenci’s powerlifting team competed in the TCC push/pull competition Saturday.
In varsity competition, Chas Frey won the top male lifter award. He also placed first in the 181-pound class with a bench lift of 275 and a dead lift of 420 for a total of 695.
Josh Namayslowski placed third in the 165 weight class with a 175 bench lift and a 300 dead lift for a total of 475.
In girls varsity, Naomi Hoffman placed first in the 114 weight class with a 100 and a 230 for a 330 total. Her dead lift of 230 set a record. Candi Evers placed third in the 114 weight class with a 90 and a 195 for a 285 total.
Cortney Lockwood lifted a 90 and a 200 for a 290 total in the 145 weight class.
Kyle Wilson competed in the 275 junior varsity weight class. He had a 205 bench lift and a 260 dead lift for a total of 465.
The junior high team earned a second place trophy and three first place finishes.
KC Clegg set two records and tied one with his first place finish at 155. He set a record with a bench lift of 140, tied a record with a dead lift of 275 and set a record with a 415 total.
Hunter Nino placed first at 97 pounds with a 70 and a 145 for a 215 total. Brenen Mellon earned first place in the 181+ weight class with a 110 and a 275 for a 385 total.
Nick Stutzman took second at 114 with a 100 and a 180 for a 280 total and Michael Heinze placed second at 155 with a 120 and a 235 for a 355 total.
Malachi Hoffman competed at 114 and had a bench lift of 90 and a dead lift of 175 for a 265 total.