Sportspage/WKUL Games of the Week
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Fairview 11 16 15 21 - 63 (9-9, 2-1)
West Point 15 4 20 19 - 58 (8-9, 2-1)
FAIRVIEW: Cameron Guthrie 18, Bryson Fletcher 17, Luke Yarbrough 15, Jacob Hill 5, Sawyer Daniel 4, Zane Miller 2, Truman Boyd 2.
WEST POINT: Colby Sullins 21, Landon Ray 15, Kolton Sapp 7, Austin Dubberly 10, Rylan Jones 2, Dalton White 2.
FLASH NOTES: Fairview stood strong in the final 90 seconds after West Point had fought back from trailing for much of the evening in tying the score at 54-54 on a field goal by Colby Sullins.
The Aggies got four critical points in a span of seconds when Cameron Guthrie drove to the basket and laid it in for a 56-54 advantage. Bryson Fletcher was fouled away from the shot, went to the line with 1:07 to go and dropped in a pair that upped the margin to 58-54.
West Point answered with a three-point play by Austin Dubberly to narrow the gap to 58-57. Then a free throw by Guthrie, followed by two from Fletcher with 0:26 showing, sealed a huge win on the road for Branch Whitlock's Aggies in 5A, Area 12 play.
West Point came in undefeated in the area and had knocked off the Aggies three weeks ago in Fairview in a shootout 82-72.
This time the Aggies executed and shot well from the line in the second half, going eight of 11 with five of six coming in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.
Fletcher led the free throw attack with four out of five while the three-point bomb squad featured Guthrie with five, Fletcher and Yarbrough three each.
Fairview pulled it out without Yarbrough, the Aggies' starting point guard, who turned an ankle 12 seconds into the final period. Daniel, Fletcher, Guthrie and Hill played calm under pressure in handling the ball and operating the Aggie offense without their floor leader.
West Point got a boost from Landon Ray, who was promoted to the varsity earlier this week due to an ankle injury to Colby Sullins that kept him out of the Good Hope game on Tuesday.
Rylan Jones turned his ankle in practice on Wednesday, played, but managed only two points. Jones did contribute in running the West Point offense and giving an all out effort on defense.
Both are tied at 2-1 in 5A, Area 12 with Fairview to play Hayden at home Tuesday in its next area encounter. West Point gets Hayden to visit Jim Boyd Gym next Friday while Fairview plays host to Curry on January 12.
Fairview 15 12 12 12 - 51 (13-6, 3-0)
West Point 11 7 15 9 - 42 (13-7, 1-2)
FAIRVIEW: McKinna Yearwood 13, Payton Golden 11, Abbi Taylor 10, Valentina Klocker 9, Taylor Yeager 6, Abby Schnittker 2.
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 14, Olivia Ball 8, Lexi Shadix 6, Micah Oldacre 6, Mackenzie Carter 6, Kyler Hembree 2.
FLASH NOTES: Fairview shot a respectable 42 percent from three-point range with McKinna Yearwood and Payton Golden producing three treys in five attempts each.
Both delivered from downtown in the second period that helped Fairview build 27-18 lead at halftime, clamping down on West Point's offense, allowing the Lady Warriors one made shot in the second, coming from Mackenzie Carter.
Determined to keep the game close, West Point did so in the third period as Lexi Shadix and Olivia Ball scored twice from the perimeter, with Miriam Oldacre getting three at the line and a layup as they were down 39-33 heading to the final stanza.
Fairview used eight free throws in the fourth in 11 attempts for 72 percent that helped them stay undefeated in 5A, Area 12 at 3-0. Valentina Klocker had the hot hand from the line, going four of four in the fourth with Yearwood two of two and Abbi Taylor two of three.
Klocker led the Lady Aggies in rebounds with nine, Shadix and Miriam Oldacre gathered five apiece for West Point.
Yearwood also displayed good ball handling, helping out with four assists as did Taylor Yeager.
Fairview controlled points off turnovers by outscoring West Point in 20 to four. West Point committed 15 turnovers with Fairview turning it over 13 times.
Yearwood shot 57 percent for the game and was 100 percent at the line that provided Fairview with another weapon West Point had to become concerned about during the matchup.
Photo 1: West Point's Rylan Jones dribbles against tight pressure from Fairview's Cameron Guthrie (22) in Friday's 5A, Area 12 game at West Point.
Photo 2: Pregame talk between the North-Metro officials, Fairview coach Mary Hartline (left), game captains McKinna Yearwood and Abbi Taylor, West Point captain Olivia Ball (right) and head coach Richie Penn.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.