At Joe Shults Gymnasium - Fairview:
Brewer 20 8 11 14 - 53 (26-4)
Fairview 14 11 6 15 - 46 (20-7)
FAIRVIEW: Abbi Taylor 14, Taylor Yeager 11, Payton Golden 5, McKinna Yearwood 10, Valentina Klocker 6.
BREWER: Shyan Flack 20, Evaiah Burrows 10, McCarley Northway 8
FLASH NOTES: An intense game between Cullman County's best and the champion of Morgan County began senior night at Fairview.
Brewer was determined to spoil the festivities, getting out to a 16-5 lead midway in the opening period before Fairview began to knock down shots.
A three as time ran out by Taylor Yeager from beyond 20 feet and in front of Brewer defender McCarley Northway cut the disadvantage to 20-14 after the first.
Abbi Taylor made her presence felt with a field goal near the 2:00 mark of the second quarter that got the game tied a 25-25.
Brewer went ahead with a free throw by PG Jaci Andrews and a basket from Henslee Brindley to jump out to a 28-25 spread at halftime.
Fairview struggled in the third stanza, scoring only six points on field goals by Valentina Klocker, McKinna Yearwood and Taylor.
Brewer extended the lead to 39-31 following the third and stay ahead for the remainder of the night.
Fairview got back to back threes by Yearwood that brought the Lady Aggies within four at 41-37 with 5:44 to play. That would be as close as Fairview would get with Brewer gaining a 46-37 lead on a three by Northway inside the final 4:00.
Brewer scored its last five points from the line with Shyan Flack connecting on five of six in the final 1:59.
Brewer, No. 8 in Class 6A, extended its winning streak to 12 games, ending Fairview's eight-game winning streak and handing the Lady Aggies their first loss in eight decisions at Joe Shults Gymnasium. The Lady Aggies entered the game 10th in the final 5A state ranking.
After the game during senior night recognition, Taylor was honored for recently scoring her 1,000 point in her career at Fairview.
Up next for Fairview: Vs. Curry Monday in 5A, Area 12 Tournament.
Up next for Brewer: Vs. Albertville Monday in 6A, Area 14 Tournament,
Brewer 21 13 26 16 - 76 (18-10)
Fairview 16 13 12 18 - 59 (13-14)
FAIRVIEW: Truman Boyd 14, Cameron Guthrie 13, Bryson Fletcher 9, Klay Knop 7, Kennedy White 7, Conner Tipton 6, Justin Turner 2, Landon Talley 2.
BREWER: Zach Kodra 20, Levi Kelley 19. Michael Childers 10
FLASH NOTES: A close game through halftime became dominated by the visitors from Florette in the third quarter.
Brewer scored 11 consecutive points in a span of 90 seconds that broke the game open with the Patriots leading 50-31. The third period ended with Brewer leading 60-41, outscoring the Aggies 26-12 in the quarter.
The Patriots ran the margin to as many as 22 in the final period before Fairview got on a run and closed to 70-57 on a Truman Boyd free throw with less than 3:00 to play.
Brewer built the lead back up and Fairview could never mount a charge down the stretch, falling one game under the .500 mark heading into the postseason.
Up next for Fairview: Vs. West Point Tuesday at Hayden (5A, Area 12)
Up next for Brewer: At Albertville Tuesday (6A, Area 14)
Photo 1: Fairview's Abby Schnittker setting up the offense Thursday night in 1st half.
Photo 2: Senior night recognition at Fairview High School.
Photo 3: Fairview's Abbi Taylor with family after being presented ball for her 1,000th career point.
Photo 4: Fairview's Bryson Fletcher receives ball from coach Branch Whitlock for scoring his 1,000th point in his career.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton