FAYETTE BOYS: Fayette’s varsity boys matched up with Edon in the second quarter at home Friday, but that was it.
In each of the other three the Bombers came out on top and closed out the regular season with a 69-53 victory.
“Edon is playing really well right now,” Fayette coach Todd Mitchell said, “and we couldn’t do enough right things to counteract them.”
The Eagles (8-12, 3-7) had difficulties stopping Edon (10-10, 6-4) all night.
“We started out in a zone but started hitting threes so we switched to man-to-man,” Mitchell said. “Then they were attacking the basket.”
Edon finished the night with six baskets outside the arc while Fayette came through with only one. The Eagles scored 12 from the line, just three more than Edon.
Tyler Keefer shot a perfect seven for seven in free throws and finished the night with a team-high 15 points. He pumped in 11 of his points in the third quarter. Jason Rodriguez also broke into double figures with 12 points.
Fayette (8-12) has downed North Central (8-12) twice this season and the Eagles aim to make that three in a row tonight (Wednesday) in Bryan.
The two teams tangle in the opening game of the Div. IV sectional tournament at 6:15 p.m. The winner takes on Hilltop (12-8) at 6:15 Friday in Bryan.
Pettisville and Montpelier play the second game tonight at 8 p.m. and the winner faces Stryker at 8 p.m. Friday.
JVs: Two strong quarters propelled Fayette’s junior varsity boys to a 46-35 BBC victory Friday against Edon. The win closed out the 2009-10 season for the Eagles.
The Bombers took the lead after a quarter, but a second-quarter slump put Fayette on top 25-17 at intermission. Quinton Keefer, Jessie Rodriguez and Jerry Minzey each hit a three-pointer that quarter.
Edon shaved a few points off in the third, but Chase Hookstadt hit three buckets in the fourth quarter to ensure the win for Fayette.
Hookstadt finished the game with 13 points and Rodriguez scored 11.
FAYETTE GIRLS: Sixteen points.
That was the margin of victory for Hilltop’s girls last week in the District IV semifinal basketball tournament. Sixteen was also the difference scored at the free thrown: 26 points for the Cadets and 10 for Fayette.
Hilltop’s showing at the line started well before half-time and an 11 for 12 showing in the second quarter pushed the Cadets to a 24-14 lead at intermission.
Fayette (5-16) came through with its best offensive showing in the third quarter, but Hilltop (9-12) wasn’t to be outdone. Cadet seniors Kylee Burkholder and Ashley Ames combined for 11 points and a 19-point quarter to pad the lead even more.
The Eagles tried to sink long shots against the Hilltop zone defense, but couldn’t get them to fall. Fayette scored only seven points in each of the first two quarters.
Rachel Seiler finished the night with 12 points and Katelyn Downing added 11—nine of those in the second half. Burkholder led all scorers with 18 and Ames added 17.
Fayette shot 10 for 23 from the line while the Cadets connected on 26 of 33.
MORENCI BOYS: With 36 seconds showing on the clock, Morenci trailed Whitmore Lake by only three points Wednesday.
But that was where their surprising effort came to an end against second-place Whitmore Lake.
After a few final trips to the free throw line, the Trojans escaped with an 81-73 victory to set up their showdown with Clinton this week for the league title.
Fans who came to watch Whitmore Lake’s three-point attack might have left disappointed, but they saw an interesting came nonetheless.
“We had the opportunity to the ball game,” coach Tim Bovee said. “There were some inopportune stretches where it got away.”
Bovee knew what his team needed to do to avoid a repeat of the disaster in the Trojans’ gymnasium when they set a state record for three-point shots in a single game.
“I knew we were going to go man-to-man and get a hand in the face,” he said. “Probably half of the 14 three’s they made were good, open looks, but we were there most of the time.”
The Bulldogs were on top at half-time and stayed on top until a string of turnovers put the visitors up by six points with two and a half minutes in the third quarter.
“We were patient and came back and tied it,” Bovee said.
Nathan Schaffner hit a bucket to know the game at 55-55, then it happened again in the fourth. Some turnovers and a couple of misses put the Trojans ahead by seven, but not for long.
Brett Bovee tied it at 67-67 and he scored again for the lead.
Morenci was finally forced to foul in the final half minute and the Trojan put their shots through.
“I was really proud of the kids,” Bovee said. “The kids played hard. They showed a lot of heart.”
Bovee knows some people are calling it a moral victory, but he just sees a narrow miss.
“We were in the game right from the get-go,” he said, “and we were there at the end.”
WHITEFORD—Morenci held a 35-32 lead Friday at Whiteford, but the Bobcats eased ahead in the third quarter to go on top by three.
Whiteford took a 19-15 advantge in the final quarter to win 72-65.
The difference in the game? The Bulldogs went to the line just twice; the Bobcats had 23 attempts and converted on 13.
Clayton Wolf led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 20 points and Bovee was just behind at 19. Lucas Craig added 13.
MORENCI GIRLS: Morenci and Lenawee Christian School battled to the very end here Thursday, with the game finally at the free throw line with fewer than two seconds showing on the clock.
A Cougar shooter put both attempts through to wrap up a 60-58 non-league win.
The foul-filled contest proved frustrating for fans, coaches and players alike. Morenci went to the free throw line for 30 tries and sank 20 of them. The Cougars made good on 15 of 22 attempts. Two players from each team fouled out and both coaches collected a technical call.
Morenci led 15-8 late in the first quarter, but watched it slip away via a series of turnovers. The Cougars finally went on top with 1:09 to play before intermission, but the Bulldogs came back after the break.
Mercedez McCaskey started the third quarter with a three-pointer and soon hit another and Morenci led by as much as eight.
LCS fought back, took a brief lead, then trailed for three minutes before tying the contest with 1:51 to play.
McCaskey scored on a fast break to make it 57-55 with 42 seconds remaining, but the Cougars came back to win.
SUMMERFIELD—Morenci completed the league season Feb. 23 with a 71-50 win against Summerfield.
After posting a 22-12 first-quarter lead, the Bulldogs went on top 38-19 at intermission.
Tia Tompkins scored 28 points and Meghan Smith added 24.
JVs: Morenci’s JV girls ended the season with a pair of wins.
A big third quarter at home Thursday pushed a 25-16 half-time lead to a 40-18 advantage against Lenawee Christian School. The Bulldogs ended on top 46-28.
Matea Garcia scored 17 points. The Bulldogs were aided by Tequoia Jarrell who came down from varsity to serve as the fifth player after the Briana Gilson’s injury March 2 against Summerfield.
After Gilson left the game late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs played the final quarter with four players. They held on for a 48-39 win.
Garcia scored 16. Gilson and Alexis Baker each added 11 points.