By RAY SCHAEFER — For The Independent
SANDY HOOK--As a manager, player or coach, Derek Cooksey has been a part of all of Fairview’s five previous Touchstone Energy Boys 16th Region All “A” championships.
Cooksey and the Eagles added No. 6 Friday, a 72-59 triumph over Elliott County on the Lions’ floor.
“It’s always been a big part of my life, so this is a big accomplishment,” Cooksey said.
The Eagles won the All “A” for the first time since 2006. They took home their newest trophy thanks to seniors Brent Jackson and Michael Terry. They scored 23 and 22 points, respectively.
“Me and (Terry) are always together,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s points included five 3-pointers. A teammate dubbed him “Stojakovic” in honor of the New Orleans Hornets star Peja Stojakovic.
“I’ve always been able to shoot a little bit,” Jackson said. “The coaches helped me fix it.”
Elliott County junior Timmy Knipp did all he could. He scored 34 points — including 27 in the second half — and he tallied the Lions’ last 16 points.
“I just didn’t want to disappoint my team with a loss,” Knipp said. “I just tried to carry them at the end.”
Friday was also supposed to be a big-man battle between Terry and Knipp. Terry won the first quarter scrimmage — he scored six points to Knipp’s one — and the Eagles took a 14-11 lead.
Cooksey wanted his defense to keep Knipp off balance, and he alternated with size and quickness. Sometimes the 6-foot-6 Terry guarded Knipp, other times the job went to 6-2 Caleb Collins.
“You’re not going to stop (Knipp),” Cooksey said. “He’s probably one of the best scorers the last 20 or 30 years in this region.”
Elliot County’s first half troubles were just beginning — the Lions were scoreless the final 2:22 of the first quarter.
Then there was Jackson. He scored eight of Fairview’s last nine second quarter points.
To top it off, by intermission all five Elliott County (14-6) starters had two fouls. Result: Fairview, 34-26.
Knipp did just about everything but sell popcorn in the second half.
There were his two offensive rebounds and stick-back with 5:44 to go in the third quarter, followed by a blocked shot a minute later and another field goal, which brought the Lions to within 36-35.
In the fourth quarter, Knipp drained three 3-pointers, turned a steal off Jackson into a field goal, hit three free throws and scored the Lions’ last basket with 1:51 to go.
The Eagles (14-2) eventually overwhelmed the Lions. Terry scored six of his team’s last 10 points over the final 2:15.
Fairview plays Owensboro Catholic in the opening round of the state tournament at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena.
“Fairview played well,” Elliott County coach Greg Adkins said. “Fairview’s a good team.”
Fairview (72) – Collins 15, Stai 6, Terry 22, Jackson 23, Gunter 6. PF: 17. FT: 15-of-22. 3-pointers: Jackson 5, Terry 2.
Elliott County (59) – Nickell 12, Knipp 34, Faulkner 3, Ison 2. PF: 24. FT: 9-of-13. 3-pointers: Knipp 3, Nickell 2, Faulkner.
FAIRVIEW 14 20 12 26 — 72
ELLIOTT CO. 11 15 15 18 — 59
Alex Mallory (Rose Hill); Cody Barker (Raceland); Blake Greene (Menifee County); Derrick Lawson (West Carter); Justin Davidson (Russell); Kyle Skaggs (Russell); Taylor Maze (Bath County); Bobby Lyons (Bath County); Jacob Ison (Elliott County); Cody Nickell (Elliott County); Timmy Knipp (Elliott County); Michael Terry (Fairview); Brent Jackson (Fairview); J.D. Adams (Fairview).
Most outstanding player: Caleb Collins, Fairview.
Bath County 47
The Lady Devils won the title in their first year of eligibility behind Kayla Parsons’ 16 points and Gabrielle Cassity’s 15.
“This is probably the last time we’ll be in the All “A,” so we wanted to make our mark,” Parsons said.
Russell (8-7) started slowly but recovered nicely. After Bath County (5-11) took a 4-0 lead a little more than two minutes into the game, the Lady Devils reeled off a 17-4 run the rest of the quarter.
The Ladycats, however, came no closer than 24-18 the rest of the half. It was worse in the third quarter: an 11-2 Russell streak just under over four minutes, which became 47-30 after 24 minutes.
“Team defense was working,” Russell coach Mandy Layne said. “We did a real good job passing.”
Russell plays the 11th Region champion in the opening round of the state tournament at noon Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena.
Russell (64) – Cassity 15, K. Parsley 16, Gross 9, H. Parsley 3, Baldridge 8, S. Hanson 10, E. Hanson 2, Abrams 1. PF: 17. FT: 23-of-29 3-pointers: Cassity 3, Gross 2, Baldridge 2.
Bath County (47) – Adams 12, Toy 9, Grimes 10, Everman 1, Hatton 1, Rogers 10, Martin 4. PF: 19. FT: 14-of-22. 3-pointers: Toy.
RUSSELL 17 11 19 17 — 64
BATH CO. 8 11 11 17 — 47
All-tournament team: Kala Day (Fairview); Kasey Lewis (Raceland); Rebekah Mayes (Rose Hill); Kelsey Ferguson (Elliott County); Leanne Mullins (Menifee County); Chelsea Walker (Menifee County); Brittany Oney (West Carter); Ginny Ferguson (Russell), Gabrielle Cassity (Russell), Ginny Adams (Bath County), Erica Toy (Bath County); Lexy Grimes (Bath County); Sarah Hanson (Russell).
Most Outstanding Player: Kayla Parsley, Russell.