It was lion against lion Monday night in Leesburg when the Washington High School Lady Blue Lions scratched the Fairfield High School Lady Lions with a comeback in the third quarter.
Washington and Fairfield traded shots in the first quarter until junior Grace Shope scored a three pointer with 9 seconds on the clock, bringing the crowd to their feet and taking the Lady Lions to a 17-14 lead by the end of the quarter.
The Lady Blue Lions didn’t let this go unnoticed, as WHS freshman Rayana Burns scored a layup within the first 10 seconds of the second quarter, followed by another 2-point shot for Washington High School.
Fairfield responded with Shope scoring two 3-pointers and leading a Lions gain, but the momentum shifted when Court House freshman Shayna Conger made an incredible half-court shot with 1.9 seconds left on the clock, taking the lead from Fairfield and ending the first half at 35-33.
Following the energy from the end of the first half, the Lady Blue Lions roared into action when sophomore Hannah Haithcock scored 10 points in the third quarter, sending Fairfield High School’s defense into an aggressive battle for the ball. Washington High School ended the third quarter with an 8-point lead over the Lady Lions, bringing the score to 53-45 at the end of the quarter.
Fairfield put up a fight in the fourth quarter with a 14-point gain, but the hometown advantage wasn’t enough as the Lady Blue Lions took the win, ending the game at 67-59.
“Both teams played extremely hard tonight. It was a battle neck and neck,” said coach Sam Leach.
The Lady Lions now hold a 3-6 overall record and a 2-3 in-conference record.
Fairfield — 17 16 12 14 — 59
Washington — 13 22 18 14 — 67
FHS: Shope 8(2)-5/9-27; C. Arnold 2-2/3-6; Reiber 1/2-1; Huff 3-6; Tate 1/2-1; Adams 4-5/6-13; Barnes 2-1/2-5
WHS: Burns 6-2/8-14; Taylor 4-8; Hines (2)-1/1-7; Wallace 1-2; Woods 1/2-1; Conger (1)-3; Jenkins 1/2-1; Haithcock 11-9/10-31
Connor Bryant is a contributing sportswriter for The Times-Gazette