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Lions pounce Rockets; gain SHL win

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The Highland County Press -
FAYETTEVILLE — The play of the game was an alley-oop dunk by Chris Cox with a pass from Cameron Rolark, but the most important part was the final score, with Fairfield defeating the Fayetteville Rockets, 63-47 Wednesday night at Fayetteville High School.

The Southern Hills League win by the Lions gives them a 5-5 mark in the league and a 7-9 mark overall.

Fayetteville and the Lions were tied at 12 after the first frame, but then the offensive attack and defensive stand by the Lions shifted the game in favor of the visitors. FHS held the Rockets to four points, while scoring 14 for a lead of 26-16 at halftime.

"We started off slow, so credit Fayetteville with that," FHS head coach Matt Carson said. "We played a good quarter defensively in the second, holding them to four points. We played hard, rebounded well, but I thought we never had an identity for the game."

The Lions' defense held Fayetteville in check in the third frame, keeping them at nine points in the quarter. Fairfield added 20 points to their lead. After three quarters, the Lions led 46-25.

Defensively, the fourth frame wasn't the Lions' best quarter, allowing 22 points, but FHS did score 17 to keep the win. At one point in the fourth, the Lions had a 26-point lead.

The loss drops Fayetteville to 2-15 overall and 1-10 in the SHL.

Cox led the Lions in scoring with 20 points, making eight field goals and one 3-pointer, and he was 1-of-1 from the free-throw line.

Miah Call led all scorers as the Fayetteville player finished with a game-high 23 points, making five 3-pointers along the way.

Also scoring for the Lions was Rolark with 15 points, making one 3-pointer. Cody Tolle scored seven points, followed by Ian Adams, Austin Hildebrant, Cody Ferrell and Brandon Carmean with four points each. Cole Putnam scored three points, and Ryan Evans added two points.

For Fayetteville, Nick Durham scored 14 points, making two 3-pointers.

The Lions led in rebounding at 38-18. Ferrell had nine rebounds, and Rolark added six boards (with five assists.) Cox added six boards, and Adams also had six rebounds.

"I was really pleased with the effort," Carson said. "We did things right, but at times it looked as if we were just going through the motions."

FHS will host the West Union Dragons on Friday in their homecoming game. The freshman game will start at 4:30 p.m. On that night, the FHS junior class will host a chicken noodle dinner at 4:30 p.m.[[In-content Ad]]

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