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home vs Grafton
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Friday - December 20 - 3pm-5pm
Saturday - December 21 - TBA
Tenacity takes Lady Polar Bears to 71-42 win over East Fairmont
FAIRMONT — Marley Washenitz will tell you and Corey Hines will preach it: In girls’ basketball, the most aggressive teams win.
That tenacity has been a hallmark of Hines’ teams throughout his 10-year tenure at Fairmont Senior, and through three games this season, this year’s crop of youthful Lady Polar Bears are starting to discover the sheer dynamism that patented feistiness carries, with it all reaching a peak in Tuesday’s cross-town clash with East Fairmont.
The Lady Polar Bears (3-0) prodded 41 turnovers and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to power past the Bees 71-42 at the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Field House.
“We knew from the beginning of the season we’d have a young group, but most of us have been playing together since a young age and we’re hard workers,” said FSHS sophomore Laynie Beresford, who had 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals, “so I think we knew very early we could be tough defensively.”
That defense, which toggled between myriad full- and half-court pressure looks, wrecked East Fairmont all night despite the Bees shooting a respectable 40 percent from the floor, including 50 percent in the first half. The Polar Bears ended the night with 24 steals, with sophomore star Marley Washenitz doing the majority of FSHS’s theft as she stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 10 steals, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“You got to have good leadership on the floor so you have to have somebody who believes in what you’re trying to teach and Marley does that, she believes. You also have to have good coaches, and Corey Boddy and Ryan Sevier do an excellent job,” said Hines. “We work, we work...and by that happening, that stuff becomes contagious. In years past, we’ve had Courtney Wilfong, Tyra Horton, other players who have believed in being aggressive, and this year, Marley’s really buying into it and also Emily Starn — Emily, she’s in there.
“So it starts with that, and then I’m looking at some of our younger kids and they’re enjoying the way things are going and they enjoy the way we play.”
The spoils of that defensive moxie spread across the entire FSHS lineup on Tuesday, with 11 different Polar Bears scoring in the game and six recording five or more points.
Washenitz and Starn tied for the team-high in scoring with 13 points apiece, followed by 10 points apiece from Beresford and junior Bekah Jenkins. Reagan Blasher added another nine ponts, while Makayla Lilley had five points.
“Us causing turnovers, that definitely gets everybody’s game spiked up more and gets everybody hyped up more about the game,” said Beresford, who was 4-of-6 from the field.
The bevy of turnovers put East Fairmont in an early 10-point hole after the first quarter at 22-12 despite 5-of-9 shooting for the Bees and seven points from EFHS sharpshooter Kierra Bartholow in the frame. An 8-2 run to close the period, in particular, did the Bees in, with Beresford first diming up Blasher for a wing 3 from the high post before she and Keyonna Hilson scored on back-to-back breakaway layups off steals.
Fairmont Senior quickly hiked up the margin into the 15-16-point range in the second quarter, with Lilley plopping in back-to-back buckets, the first of which came on a gorgeous dime by Washenitz in semi-transition.
East Fairmont stayed within shouting distance for most of the second quarter, with the Bees’ marquee performer being Avery Pack off the bench. Pack scored a team-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks, while Bartholow tallied another 10 points for the Bees. But with senior point guard Mackenzie Tennant and junior forward Somer Stover having to initiate EFHS’s press breaker, two of the Bees' offensive linchpins were never afforded opportunities to be play finishers as they scored a combined four points on four shots for the game, with neither player even attempting a shot in the first half.
A clean swipe by Beresford for a runout and-one layup followed by a flashy step through layup by Jenkins gave the Polar Bears a 42-23 lead at the half, with FSHS owning a 27-6 turnover margin.
A pair of 3s by Starn in the opening moments of the third quarter blew the game open as Fairmont Senior doubled up the Bees at 50-25 with five minutes to go in the period.
Fairmont Senior (3-0) will play again Thursday when it travels to rival North Marion (1-0), while East Fairmont (1-2) will play its next game Saturday afternoon at home against Hedgesville.
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Bees sting Red Riders in OT
Local Sports Weirton Daily Times Dec 4, 2019
RALPH COX Sports correspondent
WEIRTON — The Weir High girls basketball team had a couple of shots going down the stretch in overtime but couldn’t find the mark, as they fell to East Fairmont, 41-40, in a thriller on the Ron (Fritz) Williams Court inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
It was the season opener for both teams, and they played the game as if it was tournament time.
The Bees pressured the Red Riders in the first half and went to the locker room with an 18-12 lead. However, Rick Stead’s club got things going in the third quarter, took the lead and didn’t give it up until East Fairmont’s Avery Pack grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back up into the basket, tying the game at 36-36 with 29 seconds left in regulation.
The Bees got a hoop off of the overtime tipoff and were never headed in the extra period.
“We didn’t make many adjustments at halftime,” Stead said. “We just talked about tightening things up, make the easy shots and protect the basketball (Weir High had 16 first-half turnovers). The girls played better and stepped up their intensity level in the second half. We had a real nice run in the third quarter (the Red Riders outscored the Bees 19-10 in that third stanza).”
Weir High was down 27-19 at the 4:22 mark of the third quarter when they went on a 12-1 run to go into the final period with a 31-28 lead.
“Pressuring is the style that we want to play,” East Fairmont coach James Beckman said. “We have nine or 10 girls that we can go with. That’s our identity this year. I have eight returning lettermen, four seniors and they have been through games like this before.
“We played before in hostile crowds. I scheduled this season the first three games on the road for a reason. When you go to Charleston, you’re going to be on the road, and we want to be battled tested to start the season. Our conference alone is tough. Everyone knows that, in the Big Ten, you’re battled tested every night. I’m very proud of how they kept their composure throughout the game.”
Weir High senior Olivia Bernola made a layup with 4:15 left in regulation to give the Red Riders a 35-30 lead. The other senior on the team, Sophia Mikula, dropped in a free throw a minute later for Weir High’s biggest lead of the game at 36-30. However, that was the last point the Riders would score in regulation.
The Bees took a 40-36 lead at the 2:53 mark of overtime on two free throws by Pack. Mikula then nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 1:47 left to cut the lead to one point at 40-39.
Mackenzie Tennant made a free throw with 59 seconds left, and Leah Maley sank one at the 41-second mark, but Weir High couldn’t get a couple of shots from close range to fall as time ran out.
“We had a couple of freshmen play in their first varsity game tonight, and this was a physical game,” Stead said. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving, and I’m sure they had nothing like that in middle school. But, overall, I’m proud of the way the kids came back after halftime and kept up the intensity throughout the game. We showed that we can play with one of the better teams in our section.”
Maley, who injured a knee before the season started last year and had to sit out her sophomore year, made her presence known in her return, finishing with a double-double. She led the Red Riders with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a couple of assists and a block. Mikula followed with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Pack was the high scorer for the Bees with 11 points. She was followed closely by Somer Stover with 10 points.
East Fairmont dominated in the reserve game, winning 50-17. Mackenzie Moyer scored 16 points for the Bees, while Casey Yacos, Taylor Haught and Kiara Palavis each scored four points for the Riders.
East Fairmont: Travels to Tucker County on Thursday.
Weir High: Hosts Steubenville on Thursday.
East Fairmont 41, Weir High 40 (OT)
East Fairmont 10-8-10-8-5 — 41
Weir High 9-3-19-5-4 — 40
EAST FAIRMONT (1-0): Tennant 3 1-2 7; Oates 1 0-0 2; Corley 1-2-4 4; Pack 4 3-5 11; Stover 5 0-0 10; Barthalow 0 1-2 1; Casuccio 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 17, 7-13: 41. REBOUNDS: 19 (Tennant, Stover 4 each). TURNOVERS: 15.
WEIR HIGH (0-1): Mikula 3 4-6 11; Bernola 2 0-0 4; Hoover 0 0-0 0; I. Aperfine 4 0-0 8; S. Aperfine 1 0-0 2; Maley 2 9-15 13; Nutter 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 13, 13-21: 40. 3-POINT GOALS: Mikula. REBOUNDS: 39 (Maley 11). TURNOVERS: 26.
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