Seventeen turn-overs against a zone defense, without any pressure? That’s enough to drive a coach crazy, and enough to lose a game.
Edon used it to their advantage Friday to give Fayette a 62-48 league loss. After an 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Bombers outscored Fayette in each of the final three quarters to take the win.
And with North Central downing Pettisville that night, it was a very costly loss, said Eagle coach Todd Mitchell.
“Our league is still pretty wide open,” he said, but Fayette can’t slip up again like that if they want at least a share of the title.
He was disappointed with the level of play shown by his squad at Edon.
“We made some horrible passes and some bad decisions,” he said. “Turn-overs killed us again.”
When the Eagles applied pressure, the Bombers were able to split the press and run for fast breaks.
Darrell Randall was tops on offense for Fayette with 16 points. He also collected six rebounds. Tyler Keefer added 10 points and eight rebounds. Keefer shot four for five from the line.
Edon’s Wells scored 24 points.
HOLGATE—Fayette knew what it was in for with a trip to Holgate—a slow, deliberate pace with a low-scoring outcome.
The Eagles came close to matching the Tigers’ game, but finished a little short, 29-24.
“We fought back and tied it up, then we turned it over three times in a row,” Coach Mitchell said. “One turn-over against Holgate is like two turn-overs against any other team.”
Each possession takes on extra significance in such a low-scoring contest.
Trevor Cox shot five for six to lead with 10 points. Keefer added eight. Randall and Jason Rodriguez each collected four rebounds.
JVs: It wasn’t a great game, said Fayette’s JV boys coach Matt Maginn, but it was a league win.
The Eagles survived too many turn-overs and weak rebounding to stay on top of Edon, 30-27, for the BBC victory.
The two teams were tied after three quarters and free throws helped carry Fayette to the win. They connected on only six of 14 tries, but those six points were the key to their success.
Edon went to the line only five times for the entire game.
Jerry Minzey led scoring with 13 points and also collected three rebounds and four steals. Kruce Miller grabbed seven rebounds to go along with his nine points.
Chase Hookstadt scored three first-quarter buckets to get the Eagles off to a good start Saturday at Holgate, but Fayette ended up on the short end, 34-32.
Fayette gave away too many second-chance shots on missed rebounds and made some late turn-overs to aid the Tigers.
“If we would have had all five players boxing out in the second quarter, we would have had a lead at half-time,” Coach Maginn said.
Minzey scored 12 points. Miller and Hookstadt each collected six rebounds.
It looked as though Fayette’s girls were going to pull off a victory against BBC foe Edon at home Thursday—then came the fourth quarter.
To be more specific, then came the final four minutes.
The Eagles finally gave up their lead for good with four seconds remaining in the third quarter, but they still stayed close for half of the fourth.
When Edon hit a three-pointer with 4:08 remaining, it signaled the beginning of the end for Fayette. After four consecutive turn-overs and a charge, the Bombers were on top by 11 and Fayette was running short of time.
Heather Cuff hit a bucket to make it 40-31 at 2:02, but Fayette managed only a pair of free throws after that while Edon cleaned up at the line to win 50-33.
After playing close for the first half, Fayette took a five-point lead on a bucket by Katelyn Downing in the middle of the third quarter. A free throw by Leah Brinegar made it a five-point game later in the quarter, but the lead vanished with missed shots and a turn-over.
Downing led scoring for the Eagles with 12 points and Cuff added eight.
HICKSVILLE—At Hicksville Jan. 19, the Aces led by eight at half-time and went on to claim a 38-29 non-league win.
Fayette’s scoring was spread among seven players, with Tori Lichtenwald’s seven points leading the way.
JVs: Weak from the field, weak from the line. The result was a close loss Thursday to Edon for Fayette’s JV girls.
The Eagles managed to trim a couple of points off the Bombers’ lead in the final quarter, but Edon finished on top 25-21.
It seemed like one of those nights where nothing went right, said coach Matt Schaffner.
“We made eight of 41 from the field, and shot only two of 10 from the line,” he said. “We ended the game with 14 turnovers.”
Ashtyn Baker scored 11 of the Eagles’ 21 points.
At Hicksville Jan. 19, each team came through with one big quarter, but it was Fayette who turned in the most points at the end to win, 28-19.
In the second quarter, eight steals helped lead the Eagles to a 14-4 advantage, but the Aces turned things around with a 12-3 third quarter. Hicksville was held to only two points in the final period.
Fayette finished with eight steals and five of seven shooting from the line. Baker led the way on offense with 13 points.
MORENCI BOYS: Morenci’s varsity boys helped make history last week at Whitmore Lake, but they were on the wrong side of the historical moment.
Whitmore Lake, the team that already holds the state record for the most three-point shots in a season, now has a new state record: the most three-pointers in a single game.
The Trojans employ the strategy made famous by Grinnell College—rotate four or five players off and onto the court every 35 or 40 seconds, apply a full-court press and fire up those long-distance shots.
It doesn’t always work—Whitmore Lake has five losses on its record this year—but it sure looked good Thursday. The Trojans connected on 29 of 78 three-point tries and won the TCC contest 117-80.
That isn’t a TCC scoring record, by the way, because Morenci set that in 1989 against Madison with 124 points—on only 10 three-pointers.
Early on, there was no hint of what was to come since the Trojans connected on only two of the first 15 shots beyond the arc. But eventually they started falling.
Morenci trailed by just 12 at half-time, said coach Tim Bovee, and that was with eight missed lay-ups by the Bulldogs and a school record 37 points by the Trojans.
“We left a lot on the table,” Bovee said.
The potential to keep pace was there, he said. The Bulldogs handled the press well and came through with some beautiful fast breaks.
But too many easy shots didn’t go in and too many rebounds went back into the hands of Whitmore Lake.
It seems as though it might be an easier task to stop the Grinnell offense, Bovee said, but he sees it only twice a year and it takes some concentration to fight it.
“You have to do some things that you aren’t normally taught,” he said. “We didn’t stay disciplined enough to remain with the box because the rebounds are going to be long.”
It was extra tough with the Bulldogs’ eight players going against the frequent substitutions.
“The kids’ effort was good, but you have to keep pace,” Bovee said. “It’s just a frenzy. The kids get tired and frustrated and the pace of the game continues.”
Summerfield made it work recently by topping Whitmore Lake 109-103, but that included another record-breaking performance—this time by Summerfield’s Eric Cogan who scored 54 points.
Morenci’s Clayton Wolf couldn’t match that amazing feat, but he notched his season high game against the Trojans with 31 points.â¨
JVs: Morenci’s JV boys got off to a slow start Thursday at Whitmore Lake, and with the pace of the game the Trojans play, that’s a bad way to start.
Whitmore Lake padded their lead in each of the following quarters before finishing on top 72-56.
“We played extremely hard and made a really good effort,” coach John Craig said. “The level of play by my kids was outstanding.”
The Bulldogs had some difficulty with the Trojans’ press and three-point barrage.
“You can simulate it in practice, but that’s not quite the same,” he said. “By the time you adjust to it, you’re buried.”
Morenci did a much better job handling the press after the first quarter and the Trojans took only a 16-14 advantage in the second period and a 17-14 in the third.
Lucas Hollstein led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 19 points and Brad Funchion added 14.
Morenci’s varsity girls had some trouble keeping a comfortable lead Friday at Summerfield, but they had it when it mattered most. The Bulldogs finished the game on top 58-52 to raise their TCC mark to 3-4.
“We started off with a 9-0 run, then it became 11-9,” said coach Tim Yatzek. “We went back on top by 10 or 12, then let them have another run.”
Morenci was on top by 10 at half-time and by 11 after three quarters. Summerfield came through with a 20-point fourth period, with a little help from the Bulldogs.
“We were fouling near the end of the game when we were ahead,” Yatzek said.
Overall, he said his squad played really well, but some lapses gave Summerfield some opportunities to get back in the game.
Summerfield went to the line 16 times in the fourth quarter, but the free throws went both ways. Brooke Bovee was given 13 tries in the final quarter.
The freshman emerged from a two-game scoring slump to finish with a season-high 25 points. Tia Tompkins added 12.
Morenci converted 20 of 35 free throws and Summerfield hit 17 of 32. Tompkins scored on five of her six tries in the second quarter.
Chanler McCaskey collected 10 rebounds while Tompkins and Mercedez McCaskey each finished with eight. Bovee gave six assists.
ADDISON—The final score showed one thing at Addison, but Coach Yatzek saw another.
“I was actually impressed with how the girls played at Addison,” he said. “We were right with them up until the final four minutes.”
The Bulldogs were down by six after a quarter, 22-16, and often stayed within 10 to 12 points. They fell out of range in the final few minutes and lost 74-53. Addison improved to 10-2 for the season.
“We played really hard and got gassed at the end,” Yatzek said about his small team.
Chanler McCaskey fouled out early in the fourth quarter after she played a sharp defensive game.
“We can’t afford to be in foul trouble,” he said, with so few people on the bench.
Tompkins gave a season-high offensive showing with 20 points, including six for nine from the line. The Bulldogs scored 17 points from free throws, but Addison finished with 19.
Tompkins and Meghan Smith each collected 10 rebounds and Chanler McCaskey added eight. Bovee grabbed four steals.
JVs: Summerfield’s JV girls pushed hard in the fourth quarter Friday, but Morenci prevailed. The fourth-quarter come-back attempt failed and the Bulldogs went home with a 41-38 victory.
Morenci outscored their opponents in each of the first three quarters, but the lead stood at only 30-24 going into the final period.
Chelsea Phillips scored 18 points and Matea Garcia added 10.
A sluggish start at Addison Jan. 18 put Morenci in a hole too deep to dig out. The Panthers soon took a 20-6 advantage, and even though Morenci won the last three quarters, it wasn’t enough to catch up. Addison won the contest 35-29.
Garcia was the top scorer with 13.
MORENCI WRESTLING: One Morenci wrestler succeeded Saturday at the Quincy invitational. For the rest of the squad it was one long day.
Senior Dustin Roller (19-3) scored a pair of pins and one decision on his way to a second-place finish in the 130-pound weight class.
Roller lost to a ranked wrestler from Dowagiac in the finals when he was pinned at 4:46.
“It was a pretty good match,” coach Scott Clark said. “It was 4-6 going into the third period.”
The pin came when Roller was desperately trying to put some points on the scoreboard.
Roller opened the day with a 19-second pin against a Lapeer East wrestler and followed that with a 2:14 pin against Union City. He scored a 5-1 decision against an Addison foe.
Jordan Bach (189) was the only other Bulldog to win a match Saturday. He scored a 13-7 decision against a wrestler from Coloma.
“There were some good matches,” Clark said, “but we just kept coming out on the short end.”
MORENCI POWER-LIFTING: Morenci’s powerlifting team competed Saturday in the MHSPLA Regional Powerlifting Meet in Lake Orion.
In the women’s competition, junior Jasmine Dillard placed first in the 220 weight class with a squat lift of 125, bench lift of 85, and dead lift of 165 for a 425 pound total.
Three lifters came in second place in the women’s competition. Junior Cortney Lockwood (145) had a 125 squat, a 95 bench and a 190 dead lift for a total of 485 pounds. Freshman Gwen Iffland (165) had a squat lift of 130, a bench lift of 80 and a dead lift of 165 for a 455 total. Eighth grader Makiha Lockwood (198) had a 125 squat lift, an 85 bench lift and a 165 dead lift for a total of 430 pounds.
In the JV men’s competition freshman Kyle Wilson placed third in the 275 weight class. He had a squat lift of 220, a bench lift of 200, and a dead lift of 245 for a total of 780 pounds.
First through third winners place automatically qualify for the state meet.
Junior Josh Namyslowski competed in the 165 weight class in the varsity men’s competition. He had a 225 squat lift, a 175 bench lift, and a 295 dead lift for a total of 735 pounds.
Saturday was the first time any of these lifters competed in a full powerlifting meet.