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.