Sports round-up 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BOYS BASKETBALL: A close game changed suddenly in the second quarter last week at Fayette, leading to a big 67-40 victory over Morenci for the Eagle boys.

After a missed three-point attempt by the Bulldogs, Fayette (5-3) took a 19-16 lead with less than three minutes to play in the first half.

The Bulldogs (1-6) missed another three, but Fayette’s Jessie Rodriguez connected from outside the arc. Morenci missed a shot, Rodriguez hit another three. 

Morenci turned the ball over and Trevor Cox scored for a 27-16 lead. Kevin Ferguson connected on a lay-up underneath the basket.

The Bulldogs added one point on a free throw, but Cox topped that with a last-second three-pointer and a 15-point lead, 32-17. The Bulldogs were outscored 22-8 in the second quarter.

Morenci started to recover in the third quarter with buckets by Austin Sandusky, Daiton Lemmon and a three-pointer by Luke Craig to cut Fayette’s lead to 10, but that soon went awry.

Rodriguez hit a three and soon hit three shots from the line after he was fouled. When Cox scored with 1:20 to play in the quarter, the Eagles’ lead broke 20 points and it only got worse from there.

After so many close contests this season, Fayette coach Todd Mitchell said it was nice to just sit down and watch the game in the final quarter.

Fayette turned the ball over only seven times while Morenci lost possession 18 times.

“That’s what we really emphasized in practice,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to start scoring off our defense.”

Rodriguez and Ferguson each finished with three steals. Cox and Zayne Colegrove each collected five rebounds. Simon Jeffers led Morenci with six rebounds and Craig finished with five.

FAYETTE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fayette’s varsity girls couldn’t shake North Central until the final quarter at home Friday, finally posting a 41-35 league win.

The visitors closed a seven-point deficit at the end of the first quarter and the game was locked in a tie going into the final period.

Six-for-nine shooting from the line made the difference down the stretch.

Ashtyn Baker was the leading scorer with 16 points, followed by Paige Keefer with 10. Reba Rash shot five for eight from the line.

Swanton took an early lead and held on to it Monday to post a 47-34 non-league win over Fayette.

Baker scored four three-pointers and led scoring with 15. Makayla Smith added two from outside the arc and finished with 10 points.

MORENCI BOYS: Morenci had its outside game in order Friday at Lenawee Christian School, but the Bulldogs needed more than that.

Morenci 10 three-point shots weren’t enough to stop the Cougars who claimed a 79-64 non-conference win.

LCS was on top 17-10 after a quarter, and even though Morenci kept pace in the second period, they couldn’t overtake the Cougars’ lead.

Luke Craig hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points. Alex Tompkins hit three long shots and finished with 13 points. Jalen Porter scored 25.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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