The Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs galloped to a win Thursday night in a home game against the North Adams Green Devils girls team.
The Mustangs maintained the lead the entire game despite a comeback from the Devils in the second quarter, winning the game with a final score of 89-54.
Lynchburg started strong in the first quarter with a 27-point gain thanks to heavy pressure on the Devils’ defense and quick work from Zoe Fittro and Hannah Binkley, who both scored 3-point shots. The Mustangs kept North Adams at a 7-point gain for the quarter.
North Adams woke up in the second quarter with a 3-pointer in the first few seconds, followed by a flurry of 2-point shots before the clock hit 6:30. Both teams exchanged a few tight 2-pointers between the five- and six-minute mark, but Lynchburg shut it down after a timeout at 4:30 with a sweet 3-point shot by Peyton Scott, then another from Hannah Binkley with three minutes left in the quarter.
A couple close exchanges in the last 30 seconds wound up the first half with Lynchburg in the lead at 46-21.
The Mustangs came out of the gate in the second half with three speedy 2-point shots in the first minute of gameplay. North Adams kept up the fight throughout the quarter, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead from Lynchburg. The third quarter ended with Lynchburg keeping their lead at 72-40.
Both teams kept busy in the final quarter with North Adams carving out a 14-point gain to Lynchburg’s 17.
Lynchburg finished things off in the lead with a final score of 89-54.
Peyton Scott led the Mustangs with 28 points.
“We knew coming out North Adams is a great basketball team,” said Coach Whitney Lewis. “They’re well-coached, they’ve got some big, strong inside players. We knew if we were going to play them and beat them, we had to control the tempo and we had to keep them off the boards. I thought our pressure set the tempo in the first quarter, and we were able to control pretty much all the aspects of the game all night long.”
Lynchburg-Clay: 27 19 26 17
Blankenship: 2-1-1, Fittro: 1(2)-2-2-10, Oaks: 2-4, Waits: 1-3-2-4, Scott: 8(3)-3-3-28, Binkley (Hannah): 5(3)-4-3-22, Binkley (McKayla): 7-6-4-18, Binkley (Logan): 1-2.
North Adams: 7 14 19 14
Wylie: 2-1-1, Louden: 1-3-0-2, Hupp: 4-1-4-3-14, Stout: 1-1-2-0-5, McDowell: 1(2)-8, Jenkins: 2-2-2-6, Raines: 2-2-2, Young: 2-2-2, Harper: 6-2-2-14.
Fairfield falls to Eastern
The Fairfield High School Lady Lions lost to the Eastern High School Eagles girls team Thursday night at Fairfield High School.
Fairfield stayed in a tight lead in the first quarter with a 7-point gain to Eastern’s 6 points, then slipped in the second quarter when Eastern gained 13 points to the Lady Lions’ 8.
By the half, the score was 19-15 with the Eagles in the lead.
Fairfield matched Eastern’s gains in the third quarter with both teams scoring 9 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Lions to get back on top. The third quarter ended with the Eagles keeping their lead at 28-24.
The fourth quarter saw Eastern make an 18-point gain to Fairfield’s 10 points, giving Eastern the win with a final score of 46-34.
Grace Shope led Fairfield with 15 points.
“Our effort was very good,” said Coach Chad Hamilton. “In the end, we missed some box-out assignments and we couldn’t handle their size underneath. Their length created problems for us on offense as well.”
Fairfield: 7 8 9 10
Shope: 2(3)-2-2-15, Reiber 1-2-1-3, Huff: 1-3, Barber: 1-2, Tate: 1(1)-2-1-6, Adams: 1-4-3-5.
Eastern: 6 13 9 18
Pickerell: (1)-3, Brighton: 9-4-4, Reynolds: 2-2-2-6, Rose: 1-2-1-3, Day: 2-8-4-8, Farris: 6-2-1-13, Pennington: 3(1)-9.
David Wright is the sports editor for The Times-Gazette. He can be reached at 937-402-2570.