Three Highland County high school girls basketball teams kicked off the season Friday at Paint Valley High School.
Lynchburg beats Minford 60-48
The Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs trampled the Minford Falcons girls team Friday morning with a final score of 60-48.
The ‘Stangs came out of the gate with a 1-point lead over Minford 16-15 in the first quarter, but wavered in the second quarter, scoring 10 to Minford’s 16.
The first half ended with Lynchburg down by five with a total score of 31-26.
The Mustangs came back in the second half, though, smashing the Falcons with 24 points to Minford’s 2 in the third quarter thanks to a tight defense, closing out in the lead with a total score of 50-33.
The fourth quarter saw Minford score 13 points to Lynchburg’s 10, but it wasn’t enough to stall the Mustangs’ lead.
The game ended with Lynchburg on top 60-48.
Lynchburg’s Peyton Scott led the scoring for the Mustangs with 21 points.
“We played pretty good in the second half,” Coach Whitney Lewis said after the game. “Our intensity and our defense turned it around.”
Even with the win, Lewis said the team still has improvements to make.
“We’ve still got a ways to go in terms of clicking and playing together well,” she said.
Lynchburg will square off against Washington High School at Massillon Monday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
Fairfield loses to Waverly 47-36
The Fairfield Lions girls team lost to the Waverly Tigers Friday night with a final score of 47-36.
Waverly started the game by doubling the Lady Lions’ score in the first quarter with 14 points to Fairfield’s 7.
By the half, Waverly was ahead 25-14 after an 11 point gain to Fairfield’s 4 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Fairfield made a 10-point gain over the Tigers’ 8 points, but Waverly remained in the lead at 33-24.
Waverly made 14 points in the fourth quarter, with Fairfield pushing back with 12, but it wasn’t enough to make up for Fairfield’s poor shooting throughout the game.
Waverly ended the game with a 47-36 victory.
Returning starter Grace Shope, who averaged 19 points per game last year, was the top scorer Friday night, earning 15 points for Fairfield.
Despite Shope’s scores, Coach Chad Hamilton said the team’s shooting was what did them in.
“We had to have missed 10 layups,” he told the Times-Gazette. “I thought we rebounded the ball a little better, our defense was good and our effort was there, but that’s one of the worst shooting nights I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to win when you don’t put the ball in the basket.”
Hamilton said he was very impressed with Blake Adams, however, who grabbed 12 rebounds.
“She played one heck of a ball game,” he said.
Hamilton said he hopes Fairfield’s shooting will improve as the season continues.
The Fairfield Lady Lions will face off against the East Clinton Astros girls team at Lees Creek next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Whiteoak loses to Batavia 59-32
The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats lost to the Batavia Bulldogs girls team Friday afternoon with an ending score of 59-32.
The Bulldogs scored 10 points to the Wildcats’ 6 in the first quarter, stacking on another 16 to the Wildcats’ 7 in the second quarter. The first half wrapped up with the Bulldogs ahead 26-13.
Things continued to go poorly for the Wildcats in the second half, with the third quarter finishing 43-24. The fourth quarter saw Batavia score 16 points to Whiteoak’s 8, wrapping up the game with a total score of 59-32.
Whiteoak’s Maggie Carr was the lead scorer with 15 points.
Although disappointed in the loss, Whiteoak Coach Randy Abbott sounded determined Friday afternoon.
“The girls played hard,” he said. “We’re just going to work to get better and we’ll go at it again Thursday against West Union.”
The Whiteoak Wildcats will travel to West Union Dec. 1 to challenge the Dragons at 6 p.m.
David Wright is the sports editor for the Times-Gazette. He can be reached at 937-402-2570.