Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 2, 2014

Busy Kittens show balance to win again


IRONTON — ASHLAND    9    15    18    19    —    61

LOGAN (Ohio)    16    10    7    14    —    47

Ashland (61) — Gransbery 16, A. Robinson 13, Foutch 13, M. Robinson 12, Young 5, Woodson 1, Roberts 1.  3-point FFs: 4 (M. Robinson 2, A. Robinson, Young). FT: 13-24.

Logan (47) — Frasure 20, McNeal 10, Myers 10, Davis 5, Rose 2.  3-point FGs: 3 (Myers 2, Frasure). FT: 4-9.

Fairland 60

Lewis Co. 42

The final matchup of the day promised to be a story of the bigs, with Lewis County 6-footer Savannah Anderson squaring off against Fairland 6-footer and recent University of Michigan-signee Terra Stapleton.

Stapleton ended up getting the best of Anderson, as did the Lady Dragons, putting together a monster second half.

In a surprising turn of events, the first half was much less about the talked-about post matchup and more about the guards. Instead of a grind-it-out matchup down low, fans were treated to a run-and-gun pace, with Lewis County jumping out to an early 8-2 lead thanks to two-straight corner threes by Jacey Fite.

The lead didn’t last long as Stapleton came to life late in the period, scoring seven points, including a lay-in before the buzzer sounded, giving Fairland a 13-11 edge.

With four minutes to go in the second quarter, Anderson successfully challenged Stapleton to give Lewis what would be its last lead of the game, 16-15.

Trailing 23-16 with less than 30 seconds to go in the half, Lewis guard Emily Frye kept the game close, knocking down another big three for the Lady Lions, followed up by Anderson continuing to keep Stapleton in check with her fourth block of the half.

Though Stapleton had 12 first-half points, Lewis County coach Jay Fite was pleased with his center’s effort.

“She (Anderson) was able to hold her own against Stapleton, and it was a good challenge for her,” Fite said.  “She challenged her when she went strong to the basket and was able to pick up a few blocked shots, and she didn’t make it easy for her. I feel like she held her own against a very good post player.”

The third period is where the wheels fell off for Lewis, as Fairland’s Caitlan Stone lit up the nets in the third period, picking up four threes in the quarter.

Outscoring Lewis County 22-11, the hot third quarter was all the Lady Dragons needed to ensure a victory.

Fairland Coach John Buchannan took pride in his team’s win, but gave credit to Lewis County.

“This was a good win for us, Lewis is a great team,” Buchannan said. “I know that everybody was looking at the matchup down low, but this ended up being a fast-paced game. I was very impressed with the speed of their guards.”

Frye led Lewis County (13-8), picking up 15 points. Anderson was held to six points but managed to pick up 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Stapleton led all scorers with 17 points for Fairland (14-3), to go along with 12 rebounds. Stone scored 16 to go along with 12 rebounds of her own.

LEWIS CO.    11    8    11    12    —    42

FAIRLAND    13    10    22    15    —    60

Lewis County (42) — Frye 15, Fite 9, Pick 6, Anderson 6, Yates 2, Heipenstein 2, Thompson 1, Cortez 1. 3-point FGs: 6 (Fite 3, Frye 2, Pick 1). FT: 6-14.

Fairland (60) — Stapleton 17, Stone 16, J. Fulks 5, C. Fulks 4, Perry 4, Riley 2, Dickess 2. 3-point FGs: 4 (Stone 4). FT: 3-6.


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