Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 4, 2012

Eight is enough: Fleming nips Rowan


WEST LIBERTY — ROWAN CO.: Stone 9, Newsome 8, Thacker 20, Brown 16, Barnard 13, Graham 8, Lee 2. Three-point goals: Newsome 2, Stone, Graham. FT: 12-of-18. Team Fouls: 20

FLEMING CO.: Burns 28, Crisp 13, Steward 28, Saunders 10, McKee 2. Three-point goals: Steward 7, Crisp. FT: 13-17. Team fouls: 18.

ROWAN    12    15    22    12    10     5    —    76

FLEMING    17    10    20    14    10     10    —    81


Fleming County 59

Lewis County 51

It turned out the Lady Panthers needed every point in their 21-5 second-quarter run because the Lady Lions won the second half, 37-25.

“I thought in the second half I didn't do a very good job, to be honest,” Fleming County coach Kristy Orem said. “I didn't really put them in position. Defensively, I let them back off … Lewis County has everything that every good team wants; they're great players, good point guard, good guards, they can shoot the three, and they've got three post players.”

Good thing Fleming County had junior guard Rachel Boyd — she led her team with 21 points. Seniors Tierra Taylor and Shayla Robinson added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Lewis County (1-2) sophomore center Savannah Anderson led all scorers with 23 points to go with her 10 rebounds, two assists, three blocs and two steals.

One of Lewis County's first-half problems was turnovers — seven miscues at halftime. An example: a little less than two minutes into the second quarter, the Lady Lions' McKenzie Thompson dribbled to the left of the free throw line — and straight into Fleming County's Cristi Peterson, who drove the length of the floor for the layup.

It must have seemed to Lewis County that Taylor was everywhere, Maybe she was, at least in the first half: 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range; three rebounds and two steals.

Anderson was Lewis County's entire second-quarter offense; she scored all five points. She added seven more in the third to go with Darbi Hardin's four in the final 1:39, and Fleming County led by just 42-30 with a quarter to go.

Lewis County's Taylor Frye opened the fourth quarter with four points in 44 seconds. Fleming County, meanwhile, didn't do much: After Peterson's field goal with 7:37 left, the Lady Panthers missed four straight free throws and didn't score again until Shayla Robinson's bucket nearly two minutes later.

Anderson followed with five more points, and combined with Tori Liles' 10-footer, Lewis County trailed by just 52-46 with 3:34 remaining.

The Lady Panthers meet Russell or East Carter for the title at 6 p.m. Thursday.

LEWIS CO.: T. Frye 12, Fite 6, Thompson 2, Liles 4, Anderson 23, Hardin 4. Three-point goals: Fite 2. FT: 13-17. Team Fouls:20.

FLEMING CO.: T. Taylor 12, Robinson 11, Boyd 21, Steward 2, Lytle 4, Peterson 9. Three-point goals: Boyd 3, T. Taylor 2, Peterson. FT: 15-27. Team fouls: 17.

LEWIS     9     5    16    21    –    51

FLEMING    13    21     8    17    –    59

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