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'King' Ferrell, Lions win homecoming night over Dragons

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Stephen Forsha-sforsha@gmail.com
LEESBURG — On the latest episode of "That '70s Homecoming" Friday night, Fairfield High School crowned its newest king and queen, and the varsity basketball team defeated Southern Hills League foe West Union, defending their home court 67-42 on a night about peace, flower-power and basketball.

After celebrating Cody Ferrell and Autumn Palmer as the new king and queen of homecoming, the Lions took care of business, as their play against their SHL foe was "far out."

FHS has won three straight games and eight of their last 11. In '70s terms, that run of wins is "dy-no-mite."

"We are extremely happy, but there are still some things we want to get better on," FHS head coach Matt Carson said. "We played more man-to-man tonight than we usually do. We feel like we have put ourselves in position to get out of the Valley Sectionals and hopefully get back to the Convocation Center, and hopefully compete for a district title."

The Lions led 14-8 after the first frame came to an end, then gained a halftime lead of 32-17.

The "groovy" first half by the Lions started out with them leading 5-2 off inside points by Chris Cox and a 3-pointer by Ian Adams. Cox finished with 20 points and Adams tallied 10.

The first two points of the game was scored by West Union's Dalton McUne, as that was the lone time the Lions trailed the entire game. McUne led the Dragons with 20 points, tied for the game-high.

Later in the opening frame, the Lions went on a 6-0 run when "King" Ferrell scored three straight points in a span of under a minute, followed with a 3-pointer by Adams, his second of the quarter. The run put the Lions ahead 11-4.  

Ferrell, who finished with 12 points, held court for the Lions as the first came to a close with another three-point outburst, including a put-back bucket with 39 seconds remaining.  

FHS (6-5, 8-9) was "off the hook" in the second quarter when Cox was first to score with a layup, giving the Lions a 16-8 lead.

After points from the Dragons, Cox's play was "primo" with a 3-pointer at the 5:25 mark of the second, putting FHS up by seven points (19-12).

After Ferrell took a change, Cameron Rolark responded for the Lions, scoring eight straight points.

Rolark's run began with a 3-pointer and fast break points, and once Adams took a charge, Rolark sank another 3-point basket, giving the Lions a 27-12 advantage with 3:13 left in the first half. The run turned into a 10-0 FHS run once Cox made points in the paint. Rolark finished with 17 points.

Near the end of the first half, the Lions gained a 31-15 lead with a three-point play by Ferrell, as his points from the floor were assisted by Adams.
The "rad" first half by the Lions kept the offensive pressure on in the final two quarters, with the Lions increasing the lead after three quarters to 57-32.

The Lions had a 17-3 run to take a lead of 48-20 with 4:07 left in the third.

Fairfield's run consisted of points by Cox, Rolark and Adams. During the run, the Lions were charged with a technical foul. Once the technical foul was called and WU (0-10, 1-16) made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, FHS scored eight straight.

"I thought after the technical foul, it fired our team up," Carson said. "We started to hit on all cylinders after that. We deflected passes and got up and down the court well."
 
In the latter stages of the third, Cox and Brandon Carmean combined for five points, increasing the Lions' lead to 55-26. With 41 seconds left in the third, Carmean, who tallied six points, stole the ball and went to the hoop, giving the Lions a 27-point advantage.

"Brandon contributed a lot tonight coming off the bench," Carson said. "He played a good game with his scoring and post defense."

Scoring for the Lions in the fourth were Austin Hildebrant, Carmean, Cox, Ferrell and Adams.

The win lifts the Lions to 8-9 overall, 6-5 in the SHL. West Union falls to 1-16 overall and 0-10 in the SHL.

FHS will host the Hillsboro Indians on Tuesday, followed with a game on Friday at Eastern Brown and Saturday when they host the Manchester Greyhounds to wrap up the regular season.

The tournament draw for the boys basketball postseason is this Sunday.

In JV play, FHS won, 52-30, with Brad Clay leading FHS with 17 points. Wes Willey added 10 points for the Lions.

In the freshman game, the Lions won, 49-19. Zack Cox led the Lions with 11 points.[[In-content Ad]]

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