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Basketball Recaps: Lady Mustangs sweep Eastern; Fairfield wins at Manchester; Whiteoak falls to Fayetteville

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Recaps from Monday, Jan. 8 girls basketball games.

Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
Whiteoak loses SHAC game at Fayetteville 

Following a competitive first half at Fayetteville where the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats trailed by only a single point, it was a fourth frame that changed the entire outlook of their Southern Hills Athletic Conference game Monday night. 

The second half saw WHS score 16 points, including only two in the fourth frame, leading to a road SHAC loss to the host Fayetteville Lady Rockets, 56-44. 

Whiteoak and Fayetteville battled closely in the first half, with WHS scoring 15 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the second frame, while Fayetteville scored 12 points in the first frame and 17 points in the second for a 29-28 halftime lead by the Lady Rockets. 

Whiteoak had a strong third quarter as they scored 14 points, while Fayetteville scored seven, leaving WHS in front at 42-36. 

The fourth quarter is where the game changed for each team, as the Lady ’Cats were outscored 20-2 in the final eight minutes, leading to Whiteoak’s 12-point loss. 

WHS finished with a better shooting percentage than Fayetteville (33.3 percent to 23.7 percent), made nine 3-pointers compared to five by the lady Rockets, but the difference was from the free-throw line. 

Fayetteville finished 23-of-28 in their free-throw attempts, while Whiteoak was 5-of-7 as WHS totaled 17 fouls and Fayetteville had 11 fouls in the game. 

For WHS, Lydia Carr totaled 20 points, making five 3-pointers, two two-point baskets and a free throw. She collected a double-double with 11 rebounds. 

Jaylie Parr finished with 14 points, sinking two 3-pointers and four two-point baskets. Parr also had six rebounds. 

Other final scoring totals included Kylee Hamm with four points, Addison Roberts with three points and Molly McMullen with three points. 

As a team, WHS totaled 27 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and committed 20 turnovers. 

Fayetteville was led in scoring by Scarlett Crawford with 16 points, as she was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. 

As a team, the Lady Rockets totaled 27 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 steals, seven blocks and committed seven turnovers. 

The loss puts WHS at 5-2 in the SHAC Division II standings, as they are still first place in their division of the conference. 


Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 
Lady Mustangs sweep season series with Eastern 

Holding the lead at the conclusion of each quarter played, the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs gained a Southern Hills Athletic Conference win Monday night (Jan. 4) by defeating the Eastern Lady Warriors, 54-37 at EHS. 

The season sweep by LCHS saw them defeat Eastern earlier this season by a 53-24 score on Dec. 11, but this past Monday the Lady Mustangs began their win with a 19-6 first quarter against EHS. 

From there, LCHS outscored the Lady Warriors 13-7 in the second for a 32-13 halftime score. 

Each team scored 10 points in the second frame, and in the fourth quarter it was Eastern scoring 14 points and Lynchburg-Clay adding 12 points to their total. 

Three LCHS players had double-figure scoring with Macy Etienne leading with 15 points as she sank three 3-pointers, two two-point buckets, and she also made two free throws. Etienne added three rebounds, two assists and three steals to her final totals. 

Jade Massey and Addison West each scored 13 points, with Massey making one 3-pointer and five two-point baskets, while West made three 3-pointers, one two-point basket and sank two free throws. 

Massey also added four rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks. West totaled five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block. 

Also for the Lady Mustangs, Madison McMullen scored eight points, Joslyn Rockey scored four points and Ella Barry finished with one point. 

As a team, LCHS made seven 3-pointers and collected 22 rebounds, 19 assists, nine steals and five blocks. 

The Lady Mustangs committed 10 turnovers, while EHS had 17 turnovers. EHS also totaled 25 rebounds, six assists, five steals and one block. 

Lilly Yuppa led Eastern with 17 points. 

The win moves LCHS to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the SHAC Division I standings, as they are tied for first place with North Adams. 

Eastern falls to 3-5 in the SHAC and 5-7 overall with the loss to the Lady Mustangs. 


Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 
Fairfield earns SHAC win at Manchester 

The Fairfield Lady Lions gained a valuable Southern Hills Athletic Conference win on Monday (Jan. 8) by defeating the host Manchester Lady Greyhounds, 54-32. 

Fairfield led 14-6 at the conclusion of the opening frame as Rilee Quickle totaled four points in the quarter (including making a 3-pointer), while Kassi Miller also made a 3-pointer in the opening frame. There was also a free throw made by Faith Donley, two baskets for four points from Kelsey Clark, and Isabelle Hale sank a two-point bucket. 

FHS added 15 points in the second quarter with Miller sinking two 3-pointers, Donley totaled six points in the quarter and Clark made a 3-pointer as FHS led 29-19 at halftime. 

Fairfield had a 14-point third quarter including two 3-pointers by Miller, while Quickle and Clark each scored two points in the third quarter. Fairfield also saw Donley make two baskets for four points in the third frame as the Lady Lions outscored Manchester 14-0 in the quarter. 

FHS scored 11 points in the fourth, while Manchester scored 13 points. 

For the game, the Lady Lions were led by Miller with 18 points as she made five 3-pointers and three free throws. Donley followed with 15 points as she totaled five two-point baskets and she made five free throws. 

Kelsey Clark totaled 11 points with a 3-pointer and four two-point baskets. Also for the Lady Lions, final scoring included: Quickle (6), Hale (2) and Vivian Henninger (2). 

The win improves FHS to 3-5 in the SHAC Division II standings and 4-8 overall. Manchester now stands at 0-7 in the SHAC Division II standings and 3-9 overall.