5A, Area 12 basketball at Joe Shults Gymnasium:
West Point 12 20 0 12 - 44 (10-3, 1-1)
Fairview 17 14 14 9 - 54 (10-3, 2-0)
FAIRVIEW: Abbi Taylor 19, Abby Schnittker 10, Taylor Yeager 8, McKinna Yearwood 9, Payton Golden 4, Valentina Klocker 2.
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 21, Olivia Ball 9, Mackenzie Carter 7, Lexi Shadix 3, Brooke Brownfield 2, Micah Oldacre 2.
FLASH NOTES: A see-saw affair through the first half was controlled by Fairview in the third period, holding West Point scoreless and getting a sizable lead they held on for the remainder of the contest.
A steal by Abby Schnittker led to a field goal and a 21-12 lead for Fairview a minute into the second period.
Then West Point began to find its shooting touch, ending the half on a 20-10 run in coming back to take the lead.
Miriam Oldacre put West Point ahead with a three pointer at the 1:26 mark to make it 30-29. Brooke Brownfield added a FG and the Lady Warriors had concluded a 5-0 swing after trailing by five with time winding down for the half.
Mary Hartline's defense raised the level of play in the second half, keeping Richie Penn's Lady Warriors off the scoreboard for over 10 minutes.
Fairview took the lead to 45-32 with back to back threes by McKinna Yearwood in the final 2:30 of the third.
A field goal from Olivia Ball with 5:57 to play in the game was the first made shot by West Point since late in the second stanza.
The Lady Warriors could only narrow the margin to 10 in the closing moments. Taylor completed a good night shooting the ball with eight of 11 from the floor to go with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Fairview was 10 of 30 in 2nd half shooting, in comparison to West Point's five of 24 and zero for eight in three-point tries. Twenty-seven points for the Lady Aggies came off 23 West Point turnovers.
Payton Golden delivered six assists with Yearwood adding four as Fairview collected 15 for the night and only four assists for West Point.
Fairview clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Cullman County Tournament in January, compiling a 6-0 record. The Lady Aggies are in first in 5A, Area 12 at 2-0.
West Point, who came into the game 8th in the 5A state basketball rankings, has lost three games this week to solid opposition in Hartselle, Cullman and Fairview. They had begun the first season for Penn leading the varsity at 10-0.
Up next for Fairview: At Brewer Monday
Up next for West Point: At Hartselle Monday.
Photo 1: Fairview G Abby Schnittker sets the offense in motion vs. West Point.
Photo 2: Payton Golden of Fairview takes to the baseline against Olivia Ball and Miriam Oldacre of West Point.
Photo 3: Fairview PG Taylor Yeager waiting to inbound the ball against West Point.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Joe Shults Gymnasium:
Cold Springs 9 9 3 9 - 30 (5-5)
Fairview 20 13 13 6 - 52 (9-3)
FAIRVIEW: Abbi Taylor 17, Taylor Yeager 10, Peyton Golden 9, Valentina Klocker 9, Abby Schnittker 5, Dayila Dean 2.
COLD SPRINGS: Elizabeth Hill 13, Kylon Hamby 9, Camryn Crider 3, Toni West 2, Kinley Campbell 2, Neely Ellison 1.
FLASH NOTES: Fairview is on a four-game winning streak as they took care of Cold Springs for the second time this season.
The Lady Aggies turned an 11-point lead through the first to 33-15 at halftime and shut down Cold Springs' perimeter game, holding guards Camryn Crider and Toni West to five points on two of seven shooting, one of five in three-point attempts.
Fairview connected on 13 of 23 first half field goals for 56 percent and remain hot with 50 percent shooting in the final half on eight of 16. For the game, Mary Hartline's Lady Aggies were 21 of 39 for 53 percent, four of 12 in threes for 33 percent and six of nine at the line for 66 percent.
Taylor was unstoppable with eight of 10 from the floor, most of her shots coming in the paint while Golden knocked down four of six, Klocker three of six and Yeager four of 10.
Hill had the best numbers from the field for Tammy West, connecting on five of 10 attempts. Hamby produced 71 percent at the line, shooting five of seven while Hill made three of four.
Klocker was on top in rebounding with eight while Yeager handed out five assists.
Fairview is 3-0 at Joe Shults Gym, waiting for West Point to visit Friday night. This is for first place in the county standings with Fairview 5-0 and West Point 4-0. This is also a 5A, Area 12 game.
Up next for Cold Springs: At Falkville Friday.
File photo of Fairview Lady Aggies in Encore Classic November 18 at Hartselle.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Encore Girls Classic 5th place game
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Danville 19 9 7 11 - 46 (5-1)
Fairview 11 7 8 17 - 43 (5-3)
FLASH NOTES: Fairview was unable to win back to back games on Wednesday at Hartselle Gymnasium, taking sixth place in the Encore Girls Thanksgiving Classic.
Taylor Yeager had 14 for the Lady Aggies, who split four games in Morgan County, defeating Decatur and Midfield, falling to Brewer and Danville.
Abbi Taylor scored eight, McKinna Yearwood seven, Valentina Klocker six and Abby Schnittker three.
Jolee Cole scored 16 to lead Danville, who is off to a 5-1 start under rookie coach J.J. Hill. Kayla Compton added nine to the point total as the Lady Hawks led after each quarter.
Encore Girls Classic Consolation bracket
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Midfield 8 12 12 14 - 46 (3-2)
Fairview 15 23 10 21 - 69 (5-2)
FLASH NOTES: Fairview got back into the victory column Wednesday morning, going on a 23-12 run in the second quarter that gave them breathing room against Midfield.
Taylor Yeager knocked down four treys and led the Lady Aggies with 23 points. The senior PG was nine of 14 from the floor.
Abby Schnittker added 13, Valentina Klocker scored 11, Payton Golden had nine, McKinna Yearwood seven, Daylia Dean three, Abbi Taylor two and Molly McKelvy one.
Daniya Jordan and Jemeriah Moore both scored 16 for Midfield. The Lady Patriots were coming off a 64-59 loss in overtime to Athens in the quarterfinals.
Fairview lost to Brewer 62-41 that sent Mary Hartline's squad to the consolation bracket. Fairview had played in the tournament's championship game in 2015 and 2016, finishing second to Athens.
Encore Girls Classic Quarterfinal
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Brewer 17 14 13 18 - 62 (4-1)
Fairview 16 4 12 9 - 41 (4-2)
FLASH NOTES: Looking to reach the championship round for the third straight year, the Lady Aggies were right in it after the first quarter, trailing Brewer 17-16.
Fairview shook off a sluggish start, trailing 13-4 when the scoring was divided by Abby Schnittker, McKinna Yearwood and Valentina Klocker, leading them on a 12-4 run and making it a game as many expected it would be for this quarterfinal.
However, the Fairview offense struck a road block in the second, scoring twice with Brewer getting breathing room by a 14-point period and a 31-20 advantage at intermission.
Brewer shot 44.4 percent from three-point range in the first half (4-9) while the Lady Aggies were just two of nine for 22 percent.
That was the difference with Brewer ahead by double figures and Fairview trying to get back into an offensive flow.
Mary Hartline's Lady Aggies got the margin reduced to 38-29 late in the third on a three by Daylia Dean. That would be as close Fairview would be for the remainder of the contest.
Brewer carried a 44-32 lead into the fourth and held the Lady Aggies to just nine points in the game's final eight minutes.
For the game, Brewer was 23 of 46 for 50 percent and 12 of 16 at the line for 75 percent in comparison to the Lady Aggies shooting 16 of 45 for 35 percent and only five of seven attempts from the line for 71 percent.
Shyan Flack's 20, McCarley Northway's 15 and Leisha Steager's 13 sent Brewer to the Final Four.
Schnittker was the lone double figure scorer for Fairview, scoring 12. Taylor Yeager had eight, Klocker seven, Yearwood five, Payton Golden four, Dean three and Abbi Taylor two.
Up next for Fairview: Vs. Athens/Midfield loser Wednesday 11:20 a.m.
Up next for Brewer: Vs. Athens/Midfield winner Wednesday 2:00 p.m. (Semifinal #1)
Photo 1: Brewer PG Jace Andrews looking to get the ball inside against Fairview defenders
McKinna Yearwood (15), Taylor Yeager (5), Abbi Taylor (22) and Payton Golden (4).
Photo 2: Fairview's Valentina Klocker puts the ball on the floor against Brewer's Shyan Flack (12) in 1st half play Tuesday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Encore Girls Classic Game # 7
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Decatur 13 1 7 8 - 29 (0-3)
Fairview 7 22 14 14 - 57 (3-1)
FLASH NOTES: Slow starts have been a part of the Fairview Lady Aggies in their last two assignments.
On Saturday evening, Decatur had the best team from Cullman County a season ago down by a 13-7 margin with the Lady Aggie offense not finding their shooting touch.
But Mary Hartline's team regrouped in the second, using a stout defense that choked off Decatur's offense. The Lady Raiders managed a free throw while the Fairview offense caught fire with a 22-point outing and a 29-14 advantage at the half.
Revved up in the second half, the Lady Aggies kept Decatur from scoring a field goal until inside 3:00 of the third.
Fairview showed balance with 14 points in the third and 14 in the final period as they shot 45 percent for the game, connecting on 25 of 55 attempts.
Taylor Yeager ripped the cords for 15, Peyton Golden was hot with 14, Daylia Dean 11 off the bench, Velantina Klocker scored seven, McKinna Yearwood and Abbi Taylor four and Molly McKelvey two.
Decatur got nine from Montana Cowan on three field goals and three at the line.
Up next for Fairview: Monday at Holly Pond
Tuesday vs. Brewer in Encore Classic quarterfinal 4:00 p.m.
Up next for Decatur: Vs. Good Hope Tuesday 4:00 p.m. (Auxiliary Gym)
Photo 1: Fairview's Valentina Klocker (23), Taylor Yeager (5) and McKinna Yearwood (15) defending the basket vs. Decatur
Photo 2: Abby Schnittker not letting Decatur's Montana Cowan drive to the goal.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
8AHSAA 5A Cross Country Championships
At Oakville Indian Mounds Park
20. Quinton Chambers 17:21
25. Alex McDonald 21:00
82. Carrington Chambers 23:39
86. Angelica Antibero 23:51
92. Emma Gardner 24:19
93. Alyssa Harper 24:34
TEAM SCORING: 1. Scottsboro 59, 2. Lawrence County 78, 3. Arab 106, 8. Fairview 250
Photo of Fairview's Alex McDonald, talking to a competitor after the 5A XC meet.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton.
FAIRVIEW - On National Letter Day of Intent Wednesday, two scholarship signings took place on the campus of Fairview High School.
It began with point guard Taylor Yeager placing her name to a scholarship with the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Then later, McKinna Yearwood complete the process of signing to play volleyball at Snead State Community College.
Both seniors have been an impact to Fairview's success since 2016 as the school has won back to back county volleyball championships and basketball entering the new season as the defending county champion.
Family members, teammates, coaches and administrators were part of the festivity held inside the school library.
Yeager was an impact player for Mary Hartline in 2016-17, leading the team from her point guard position to a 28-7 record, the school's first county title since 1982 and a berth to the Elite Eight of the AHSAA 5A playoffs.
Yeager was all-county, all-area, all-region and a member of Sportspage's all-performance team.
Hartline expressed great pride in the work ethic of Yeager. Yeager has been a varsity player since she was an eighth grader.
Her progress has grown from year to year with Fairview making a move in being a very solid program that has high expectations for 2017-18.
"Taylor puts in an amount of work," Hartline replied. "She plays with a lot of passion with good ball handling skills, who can shoot outside and also get into the lane. Her hard work plays a huge role."
Yeager told Sportspage she had spoken with UAH coach Andrea Lemmond on Tuesday, the day before national letter of intent took place. Yeager stated the early signing period allows her to remove pressure of being recruited in where she can focus on having a good senior season with Fairview eager to add to the success they have experienced from last year.
Yearwood accepts Snead State offer:
Yearwood told Sportspage she was the second in the list of prospects Snead State coach Angie Sanders wanted in her recruiting for the 2018 season.
"I was in shock when I heard her say that," Yearwood said.
Yearwood shined for Tracy Means in the fall with Fairview getting 36 victories over 17 losses and winning the county championship for the past two years. That ended a drought for the school by a total of 17 years.
"She's a good athlete that comes from a good family," Sanders said on her new signee. "She has played club volleyball that has helped her besides playing for her high school. McKinna jumps well, hits the ball hard and can play the whole rotation."
Coach Sanders loved my work ethic," Yearwood added. "That meant a lot to me."
Yearwood earned the MVP award for a successful senior season when it was presented to her after Fairview won the county tournament.
Yearwood had it in her mind heading into her senior year of wanting to try and earn the honor after her teammate, Pheonix Janusas did in 2016.
The senior went out and performed to a level that very few opponents could slow her down. Yearwood was aggressive as any player at the frontline, plus showing good form on the back row and developing a jump serve that gave opponents a difficult time trying to return it over the net.
Yearwood was named co-player of the year by Sportspage on Tuesday, sharing the honor with Good Hope senior Kate Kent.
Like Yeager, Yearwood is glad to complete the signing as less stress will be on her shoulders. Yearwood is about to start hoops with Yeager in the season opener Thursday at Hanceville.
Yearwood will focus on spring training in working with Sanders prior to heading to the Boaz campus next fall.
Snead State was third in conference standings with 12 victories in 17 assignments and 18 victories total. The Lady Parsons' .667 winning percentage was third behind Wallace State's .810 and Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette's .800.
Yearwood's home matches at Snead will take place at Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium on the campus in Boaz.
Fairview goes to the hardwood for the season opener Thursday night at Lane Horton Gymnasium in Hanceville.
The Lady Aggies will tip off around 6:30 p.m. while the Aggies step on the court at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Mary Hartline's Lady Aggies are the defending Cullman County champion, coming off 28 victories last season. They are led by senior PG Taylor Yeager, SG Abbi Schnittker, C Abbi Taylor and F McKinna Yearwood.
Branch Whitlock will make his debut for the Aggies as their new coach. Whitlock handled the squad during the summer with Fairview featuring experience in G Luke Yarbrough, G/F Grant Howard, F Bryson Fletcher and C Truman Boyd.
Fairview Lady Aggies take a full roster Saturday to the AHSAA 5A Cross Country Meet in Oakville.
Senior Alex McDonald finished 5th last week in the sectional held at Fairview Town Park.
Sophomore Quinton Chambers qualified as the individual champion in the sectionals last Thursday. Chambers had a winning time of 17:23.
The 5A girls will run at 9:10 a.m. The 5A varsity will get under way at 10:10 a.m.
AHSAA Class 5A, Section 3 Cross Country Meet
At Fairview Town Park
1 Chambers, Quinton 10 Fairview 17:23.77 1
2 Allen, Stuart 12 Springville HS 17:35.36 2
3 Bianchi, Graham 11 Springville HS 17:40.22 3
4 Vance, Jaden 11 Moody 17:57.81
5 Terry, Blake 11 Lawrence County HS 18:00.23 5
6 Joiner, Steele 8 Lawrence County HS 18:07.35 6
7 Muse, Joseph 11 Lawrence County HS 18:27.12 7
8 Dowdle, Justin 10 Moody 18:31.96 8
9 Reynolds, Ian 12 Brooks 18:33.62
10 Hodges, Max 12 Moody 18:36.21 9
11 Young, Peyton 10 Springville HS 18:36.56 10
12 Seagroves, Justin 10 Lawrence County HS 18:38.99 11
13 Ingram, Jacob 11 Moody 18:41.19 12
14 Seagrove, Anthony 12 Lawrence County HS 18:43.07 13
15 Smith, Chris 11 Springville HS 18:44.10 14
16 Kersh, Hudson 10 Springville HS 18:47.29 15
17 Lovelace, Jacob 11 Lawrence County HS 18:58.12 16
18 Howard, Justin 10 Russellville 18:58.83 17
19 Greer, Jathan 12 Lawrence County HS 18:59.35 18
20 Montiel, Daniel 12 Russellville 19:01.31 19
21 Hardin, Keagan 9 Fairview 19:23.76 20
22 Bailey, Peyton 9 Fairview 19:25.14 21
1 Lawrence County HS 42 5 6 7 11 13 16 18
Total Time: 1:31:56.76
2 Springville HS 44 2 3 10 14 15 29 32
Total Time: 1:31:23.53
3 Moody 58 4 8 9 12 25 36 39
Total Time: 1:33:27.14
1 Williams, Savannah 7 Lawrence County HS 20:15.40 1
2 Daniel, Emily 10 Lawrence County HS 20:57.25 2
3 Williams, Taylor 7 Lawrence County HS 21:25.19 3
4 Vandiver, Cameron 9 Brooks 21:29.43 4
5 McDonald, Alex 12 Fairview 21:35.25 5
6 Graham, Maggie 11 Lawrence County HS 21:43.03 6
7 Ledlow, Peyton 8 Lawrence County HS 21:53.30 7
8 Jett, Jenny 12 Lawrence County HS 22:09.72 8
9 Romero-momen, Naydelin 10 Russellville 22:18.32 9
10 Englisbee, Savanna 12 Mortimer Jordan 22:27.51
11 Chambers, Carrington 7 Fairview 22:55.35 10
12 Marsh, Olivia 7 Lawrence County HS 23:00.59 11
13 Luna, Brianna 8 Lawrence County HS 23:06.57
14 Wright, Eden 10 Moody 23:17.88 12
15 Duessel, Nicole 11 Brooks 23:34.45 13
16 Clifton, Kara 8 Moody 23:39.10 14
17 Shotwell, Kelsey 10 Moody 23:44.33 15
18 Leon, Adreanna 10 Mortimer Jordan 23:44.80
19 Isley, Lauren 8 Springville HS 23:45.73
20 Chambers, Kennedy 11 Fairview 23:52.12 16
1 Lawrence County HS 19 1 2 3 6 7 8 11 Total Time: 1:46:14.17 Average: 21:14.84
2 Fairview 67 5 10 16 17 19 20 24 Total Time: 1:56:57.98 Average: 23:23.60
3 Brooks 87 4 13 18 25 27 29 43 Total Time: 2:00:13.43 Average: 24:02.69