Fayetteville may have made the first basket of the night on Friday evening at Lynchburg-Clay High School gymnasium, but it was the only of two times they would see the lead the rest of the night as the Mustangs got ahead and never looked back on route to a 79-58 victory.
Friday night was also Lynchburg’s Hall of Fame night where both Lauren Davis and Brian Glover were put onto the HOF for their high school accomplishments.
The Rockets won the tip to start the game and Cole Schaefer made the first basket of the game for Fayetteville but Lynchburg’s River Mullins promptly followed that up with a basket of his own with 7:31 to go in the first quarter to tie the game 2-2. The Rockets were able to come back down the floor and make another basket a minute later to take a 4-2 lead and that was the last lead they had of the game as the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run over the next three minute and had a commanding 22-10 lead after the first frame.
The Mustangs only added to their lead for the remainder of the game, outscoring Faytteville in every quarter to take home the win over their Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent 79-58.
“I thought we shared the basketball really well tonight,” said Lynchburg coach Matt Carson after the game. “I think we’re getting there defensively. I think we executed for the most part tonight. We missed a few assignments but you’re going to have that happen at some point. Fayetteville is not a bad basketball team. I think we made them get out of their comfort zone a lot tonight. We made it an up-tempo game. Over at their place, they held us to 63 points, but we were able to push it tonight and get 79 on the board. We got the ball into the paint and crashed the offensive boards. I challenged the kids before the game and they responded, which they always do. It was just a great team win tonight, especially on Hall of Fame night. I want to congratulate Lauren [Davis] and Brian [Glover] on their accomplishments and being part of the LC Hall of Fame.
“That first quarter for us definitely set the tone for us. Sometimes we have a tendency when the other team scores we’ll hesitate then kind of walk it up the floor. Tonight we didn’t do that. Tonight, whenever they scored, we pushed the ball automatically. I thought we did a good job of making them play at our pace. We did really well against their zone, getting the ball into it, which made them come out of it and go to a man-to-man, which is what we want. Teams have been zoning us a lot lately and unless we execute against it, they’re just going to stay in it for 32 minutes.
“This has been a good week for us. We had a big win here against Peebles and that set us up where we want to be in the league, we’re back tied for first place. We have a tough game tomorrow against Zane Trace. And next week we have four games. It’s fun though. We want to be playing right now. They want to be playing. Hopefully we can build on this and finish January on a strong note tomorrow and take that into February for the tournament.”
LCHS – 22 16 22 19 – 79
FPHS – 10 10 20 18 – 58
Lynchburg-Clay: Pierson 12(1) 2/3 – 29; McLaughlin 5(2) – 16; Mullins 4 0/2 – 8; Giordano 2 3/5 – 7; Ahrmann 2 2/2 – 6; Blankenship 1(1) 0/1 – 5; Ryan 2 – 4; Inman 2 – 4. Totals: 30(4) 7/13 – 79.
Fayetteville-Perry: Lanham 2(3) 6/10 – 19; Schaefer 5 2/2 – 12; Iles 3 3/4 – 9; Dowers 4 – 8; Ball 1 4/5 – 6; Evans 2/2 – 2; Smyth 1 – 2. Totals: 16(3) 17/25 – 58.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.
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