Whiteoak's Lizz Edwards (33) and Brooklynne Campbell and Fayetteville's Kelbee Coffman (54) and Maddie Brockman (21) battle for possession of the basketball Monday night at WHS. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Whiteoak's Lizz Edwards (33) and Brooklynne Campbell and Fayetteville's Kelbee Coffman (54) and Maddie Brockman (21) battle for possession of the basketball Monday night at WHS. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
MOWRYSTOWN — The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats played better in their second meeting with the Fayetteville Lady Rockets on Monday night, but once again the visiting Lady Rockets were the winners, taking the game by a 59-26 score in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference showdown.

From the very start, Fayetteville led in the game, taking a 12-3 lead once the first quarter was wrapped up.

In that opening frame for the visitors, it was Olivia Crawford sinking a 3-pointer and two two-point baskets for seven points, while teammate Taylor Malone scored three points in the quarter. Kelbee Coffman sank a two-point basket as well for the Lady Rockets, as Coffman finished the game with six points.

Whiteoak (0-10, 1-16) in the first frame had a 3-pointer from Kara Ward. Whiteoak scored eight points in the second, with Lizz Edwards shooting a one-handed 3-pointer from the corner of the court with the shot swishing through the hoop for the first WHS points of the second frame.

Teammate Cylee Bratton followed with a 3-pointer of her own at the 5:07 mark of the second, bringing WHS to within 10 points of the Fayetteville lead by a 19-9 score. Bratton finished the game with 10 points to lead WHS in scoring.

The other basket in the second frame for WHS was a shot made by Kayla Jones for two points with 4:21 left in the frame.

“We got off to a quick start finally, because we have been kind of slow starting lately, and it was nice to see us be able to do that,” Fayetteville head coach Toby Sheets said. “This is our sixth game in eight days, so we have 10 days off, and it is a welcome break. We can get to where we’ll have six games to go, so we can rest up, get into the groove, get strong and get ready for the tournament.”

Fayetteville (4-4, 8-7) scored 18 points in the second, including the first six points of the quarter. Later, they had a three-point run of scoring for a 22-9 advantage with around 5:00 left in the quarter, as Anne Murphy and Crawford were responsible for that scoring.

The Lady Rockets ended the second with an 8-0 run. For the second frame, Crawford collected nine points, including a 3-pointer, as she scored 16 of her 27 total points in the first half.

Also scoring points in the second for Fayetteville were Murphy with two points, Malone with five (one 3-pointer) and two points by Cassidy Feldhaus. Malone finished the game with 10 points.

When halftime arrived, Fayetteville led by a 30-11 score, with the Lady Rockets winning the quarter at 18-8.

In the third, Fayetteville continued from where they left off in the first half with a 20-8 third frame, as Crawford sank two 3-pointers and a two-point basket for the Lady Rockets. Also for Fayetteville, Maddie Brockman made three baskets for six points, plus adding four points was Murphy, and Coffman scored two points on a basket.

Brockman, Murphy and Coffman each finished the game with six points.

“Maddie Brockman is five feet tall, and she continues to be a great rebounder,” Sheets said. “She finished with 11 rebounds tonight and our second-leading rebounder on the team behind Taylor Malone. She continues to do well.

“I was happy with all of the girls. We have a six-player rotation, and we tried some kids in some other spots tonight, and it was good.”

The Whiteoak eight-point frame consisted of four of those points scored by Bratton, as she made a basket and two free throws. Scoring two points each in the third for WHS were Ward and Emmy Hawkins.

Ward totaled six points for WHS in the SHAC contest.

WHS scored seven points in the final frame with Bratton sinking her second 3-pointer of the game, while Brooklynne Campbell scored three points and Ward made one free throw.

“We are playing better. There or four weeks ago they beat us by 55 points, tonight they beat us by 33, so there is improvement happening,” Whiteoak head coach Steve Smith said. “We did a good job with our defense because some of their players didn’t score as much as they did last time. We didn’t do a good job on Crawford, but she made some big shots.

“I think we improved, and I knew we were going to have trouble with them. They are so athletic, fast and run the ball. We did a lot of good things. Our defense is better, we rebounded better and were more aggressive on the boards. Emmy Hawkins was aggressive, and I still think we did some good things. It is still a loss, but we are working in the right direction.”

Fayetteville totaled nine points in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer by Crawford, and two points each from Cora Hansel, Malone and Coffman.

As a team, the Lady Rockets totaled 17 two-point baskets, six 3-pointers, and they were 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.

WHS finished the game with five two-point baskets, four 3-pointers, and they were 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Sheets spoke about some of the remaining games on the Fayetteville schedule.

“We are happy where we are at right now,” Sheets said. “We have Fairfield at home, Manchester at home, and we were lucky enough to beat Fairfield at Grandle Gymnasium, which isn’t our best place to play, and had a good game over there.

“We have Peebles on the road, so we have a shot, and if we can get on a roll we can get toward the top of the standings, at least second place. That’s our goal, to get back to the top of the league.”

Smith spoke more about his team following the game.

“Hannah Price doesn’t play a lot, but she hustles, gets after the ball and got a couple rebounds,” Smith said. “She’s quick as can be, and they all just don’t quit. Take for instance in the game we won a couple weeks ago against Sciotoville. We didn’t make a shot from the field in the first half and still won a ball game. We scored four points on free throws in the first half, and that was it. They aren’t quitting.

“They all want to keep playing, and we’ll keep working at it.”

Next for Whiteoak is a road SHAC game on Thursday, Jan. 16 against the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs at LCHS.