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Lady Lions rally late; fall to PHS

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The Highland County Press-
PEEBLES — Fairfield Lady Lions head coach Matt Hodson said his team played their best all-around game Thursday night against the Peebles Lady Indians. Though the improving Lady Lions played their best game of the year, PHS defended their home court with a 59-38 win over FHS.

Fairfield's Megan Sword continued her productive senior season with 23 points against the Lady Indians. Sword added seven rebounds and six steals.

"Megan has really been our go-to player all year," Hodson said. "She is finally healthy and playing extremely well."

Freshman Shelby Smithson scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds, as Hodson described Smithson's defensive play as aggressive.

Heather Huff scored six points and had five steals, and teammates Kortney Paris and Tiffany Woods played excellent defense according to their head coach.

FHS trailed by 10 points at halftime, outscoring PHS in the second quarter.

"We came out of the gate a little slow, and after taking a timeout early in the first quarter, the girls really picked up there play," Hodson said.

The third frame was a see-saw affair as PHS scored some easy baskets to end the third quarter, building a 14-point lead.

FHS made a last run midway through the final quarter, getting within seven points of the PHS lead. PHS sank some big 3-pointers to seal the win.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of young ladies, they could have thrown in the towel on the season with the way things are going for us, but they have shown me a real determination to get a win and finish the season strong," Hodson said. "They come to practice every day, and we have changed our practices a lot this last week, to really work on the things that will help us get better.

"Practices have been very intense and physical, and the ladies just continue to come to the gym and not complain one bit."

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