Sports round-up 01.05.2011

Posted in 2011 January

FAYETTE VARSITY BOYS: One of these nights it’s going to be Fayette on top by two or three points, but so far that night has eluded the Eagles.

Fayette had a one-point lead with time running out last week when Fairview visited, but a frustrating ending gave the Apaches a 50-47 non-conference victory.

Zayne Colegrove knocked the ball loose from a Fairview player at half-court, then got tripped from behind and fell. No foul was called, Fairview scored and the game was over.

“We actually played a very good game,”   coach Todd Mitchell said. “We played good enough to win.”

However, Fayette did miss some key free throws, he admitted.

The Eagles scored a lot of points at the line, but they needed a few more. Only 13 of 22 attempts went through the hoop. Second half free throw success stood at 50 percent.

Turnovers were kept low at 11 and the Fayette defense did a good job handling Fairview’s two big players underneath. Tyler Keefer took four of the six charges against Eagle defenders. Keefer also collected 10 rebounds.

Coach Mitchell said when he scouted the Apaches, they made no three-point shots, but they came through with four against Fayette.

The Eagles hit only two threes, but Mitchell was very pleased to see the first one. It was Darrell Randall’s first shot of the season coming off his broken wrist.

He figures Randall is about 85 percent back to normal, but the wrist is still tight. Randall finished as the top scorer with 14 points.

Mitchell was also glad to see Nelson Barnheiser back on the court for the first time this season.

“He was great off the bench and he scored six points,” Mitchell said.

With Randall and Barnheiser back in the lineup, Mitchell is using an eight-man rotation.

“We’ve finally got our team together,” he said. “We hope to start over with the new year.”

Get a win, get over the hump.

“It’s not the way you start,” Mitchell said quoting an old aphorism, “it’s the way you finish.”


JV BOYS: Chandler Sanford’s 20 points weren’t quite enough to stop Fairview’s JV squad last week.

Fayette fell short by two points in the non-league contest, 35-33.

After trailing 19-11 at intermission, the Eagles came back strong in the third quarter with 12 points to pull within a point, 24-23, and led by a point at one time in the final period.

Sanford hit two of his five three pointers in the final quarter and he went two-for-two from the line, but the Apaches were on top when time ran out.

“We still need to cut down on our turnovers,” coach Matt Maginn said.

The Eagles ended with 17, which is better than some recent games, but they’re still working on taking better care of the ball.

Fayette shot six for nine from the line, but needed a few more chances there to claim a win.

“Patrick Hookstadt played well in his first start of the season,” Coach Maginn said.

He plays hard and isn’t afraid to battle underneath against the taller players, Maginn said. Hookstadt scored five points and collected two rebounds.

Cole Burkholder and Quinton Keefer each finished with three rebounds.


FAYETTE VARSITY GIRLS: Fayette’s varsity girls had a good game going against Fairview last Tuesday, but then came the third quarter.

That was when the Eagles turned the ball over 11 times. That’s the quarter when they hit only a single field goal. It’s when Rachel Seiler went down again with a knee injury.

“Things went downhill pretty fast that quarter,” said coach Tim Nicely.

The Apaches weren’t all that productive in the second half either—only six buckets from the field—but they shot 11 for 16 from the line.

A three-point game at half-time grew to a 45-28 non-conference win for Fairview, leaving the Eagles (1-7) looking for a second win after toppling Morenci early in the season.

Fayette finished the game with 29 turnovers and paltry 20 percent shooting from the field. They made it to the line just nine times to Fairview’s 26 tries.

“We’ve got to be more aggressive going to the basket,” Coach Nicely said.

Nicely expected his squad to have trouble with Fairview’s two big girls underneath, but the Eagles held the pair to 15 points.

The two did give Fayette problems inside and Leah Brinegar never did get on the scoreboard that night.

“Leah gave a good effort,” Nicely said, “but she couldn’t do much against those taller girls.”

The bright spot in the Eagles’ offense came from Ashtyn Baker who scored three first-quarter buckets and finished the game with 10 points. Mikayla Smith was next in line with seven points.

Seiler, back from an ACL injury, suffered a sprain to the medial ligament and is expected to be out of action for another two weeks. The Eagles’ experience with a full team was short lived.

Coach Nicely is still pleased with his squad’s effort and attitude. He knows they’re not about to give up despite the recent losses.


JV GIRLS: There are wins and then there are big wins. Fayette’s junior varsity girls had one of the big ones last week when Fairview visited.

The Eagles took a 17-8 half-time lead and played even stronger in the second half. The Apaches went home with a 44-17 loss.

“It was a game where we really wanted to focus on the things that we wanted to do and play our game, not theirs,” coach Sarah Bird said. “I think we did a pretty good job at doing that.”

Fayette was able to capitalize on several steals.

“We did a lot of things right. Every single girl showed up ready to play,” Coach Bird said. “Hopefully we can use this win to get some momentum going for games to come.”

Allison Cuff led scoring with 14 points and she also collected seven rebounds. Sydney Brown had 11 points. Megan Stannard came through with nine points and six rebounds for a strong showing, Bird said.


MORENCI VARSITY GIRLS: That was one game Bulldog girls coach Tim Yatzek really thinks his squad could have won, but he does acknowledge the skills of Camden-Frontier’s Morgan Warfield.

The Redskins claimed a back-and-forth non-conference game Monday in Morenci,  58-54, and Warfield played a big role.

“She’s tough,” Yatzek said about last year’s Player of the Year for Hillsdale County. “We wanted to keep her from roaming free and when she did get loose, she took advantage of it and scored.”

Morenci (3-3) got its outside game going early with a three-pointer from Matea Garcia in the first minute and another from Mercedez McCaskey a minute later.

Garcia added the second of her four threes before the quarter ended, and when Tia Tompkins hit a bucket to open the second quarter, Morenci took its biggest lead of the game at 17-11.

After the Bulldogs failed to score on two possessions, Camden (4-3) took its first lead of the contest and it was closely knotted through the end.

The Redskins were on top by a point at intermission and by four going into the final quarter, but another three by Garcia soon put the Bulldogs on top.

The contest was tied 54-54 with 1:20 to play, and that’s when it went downhill for Morenci. The Bulldogs got a steal, but Camden stole it back and scored two free throws.

Camden stole the ball again but missed the front end of a one-and-one. They got another steal on Morenci’s inbound pass and went ahead 58-54.

The Bulldogs turned it over one more time on a pass and Camden ran out the clock.

“We really should have had this one,” Coach Yatzek said. “Those mental mistakes at the end really hurt. But I really thought we looked all right.”

Especially coming off the break without a lot of practice and starting back in competition on a day without school.

Tess Ramsey finished with 10 rebounds and McCaskey added nine. Brooke Bovee wasn’t high in points, Yatzek said, but played her role well and often dished off to Garcia and Tompkins. Tompkins finished with 20 points.

The Bulldogs made it to the free throw line only seven times and converted on three attempts.


JV GIRLS: There are wins and then there are big wins. Fayette’s junior varsity girls had one of the big ones last week when Fairview visited.

The Eagles took a 17-8 half-time lead and played even stronger in the second half. The Apaches went home with a 44-17 loss.

“It was a game where we really wanted to focus on the things that we wanted to do and play our game, not theirs,” coach Sarah Bird said. “I think we did a pretty good job at doing that.”

Fayette was able to capitalize on several steals.

“We did a lot of things right. Every single girl showed up ready to play,” Coach Bird said. “Hopefully we can use this win to get some momentum going for games to come.”

Allison Cuff led scoring with 14 points and she also collected seven rebounds. Sydney Brown had 11 points. Megan Stannard came through with nine points and six rebounds for a strong showing, Bird said.

 

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