PREP BASKETBALL: Aggies, Lady Aggies handle Holly Pond at home

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Fairview’s Preston Ryan (4) drives to the basket during the Aggies’ 73-50 win over Holly Pond Thursday night. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Fairview was home at Joe Schults Gymnasium Thursday night to host the Holly Pond Broncos and both the Aggies and Lady Aggies were able to collect a pair of convincing wins. The Lady Aggies ran away with the girls’ matchup 57-19 while the Aggies outpaced the Broncos in the boys’ game 75-50.

Fairview 57 – Holly Pond 19 (varsity girls)

Kaylee Stallings got the game started with a three-pointer for Holly Pond, but Emma Garcia responded with a basket on the other end for the Lady Aggies. Garcia then completed an and-one play at the free throw line to give Fairview a 5-3 lead and later in the period Molly McKelvy added a three of her own to stretch the lead to 9-4. Jayla Gorham drilled a three to make it a 12-4 game with a minute to play in the first and she laid one in on the next Fairview possession to make it a 10-point game. McKelvy added another shot from beyond the arc in the final seconds of the first to give the Lady Aggies a 17-4 advantage going into the second.

Raleigh Olinger netted a pair of free throws for Holly Pond to trim the lead to 11 at the start of the second quarter but Sadie Smith made it a 20-6 game with a three-pointer on the other end. Quincey Marks knocked down a three-pointer for the Lady Broncos to cut the lead to 20-9 midway through the period and another Stallings three brought Holly Pond to within 10 with three minutes to play in the opening half. However, Fairview was able to end the quarter on a 6-0 scoring run to build its lead to 28-12 by the halftime break.

Another Garcia basket followed by another McKelvy three extended the lead to 33-12 early in the third and after a pair of Smith free throws and a bucket from Jacy Gorham, the Lady Aggies led the way 39-15 midway through the quarter. Jacy knocked down a mid-range jumper later in the third to add to the lead and Fairview held a commanding, 42-15 lead going in the final frame.

Jacy Aleman turned a steal into an easy two points for the Lady Aggies to start the fourth quarter Jayla Gorham laid another one in to make it a 46-15 game. With the clock running throughout the final period, Somer Harris and Reagan Dunkin led the Fairview offense the rest of the way and pulled away to win it 57-19.

McKelvy led the Lady Aggies with 13 points in the win, followed by Jayla Gorham with 10, Garcia with eight, Smith with seven and Jacy Gorham and Reagan Dunkin with six. Stalling posted six points for the Lady Broncos in the loss. Sarah Finley added four and Marks and Bai Widner each finished with three.

Fairview 75 – Holly Pond 50 (varsity boys)

Owen Yarbrough got things off to a fast start for the Aggies, scoring the first seven points of the game to give Fairview an early lead. Peyton Bailey laid one in to make it 9-0 before Gunnar McBee stopped the run by converting a three-point play at the line to cut the lead to six. Yarbrough stayed hot with a deep three-pointer and Landon Tweedie scored back to back buckets to make it a 16-6 game with two minutes to play in the first. The Aggies continued dominate the offensive glass and stretched their lead to 20-8 going into the second quarter.

Fairview stayed hot in the second. Back to back Yarbrough baskets gave the Aggies a 27-12 lead early in the quarter and Clayton Strane scored to make it 29-12. Preston Ryan laid one in to keep the run going but Levi Boatright finished an and-one play at the line for Holly Pond to trim the lead to 31-15 with just over four minutes to play in the half. Austin Johnson and Yabrough each scored inside to make it a 35-15 game and Yarbrough converted another and-one play to extend the lead to 38-15 with less than three minutes to play in the period. A three-pointer from Casey Brown and a pair of Boatright free throws got the Broncos on the board but they still trailed Fairview 44-22 at the half.

McBee buried a trey to cut into the lead early in the third but back to back scores by Ryan on the other end gave the Aggies a 51-27 advantage midway through the quarter. Parker Sellers drained a three-pointer to trim the lead to 21 but baskets from Tweedie and Yarbrough to end the period made it a 56-34 game going into the fourth quarter.

Tweedie and Lane Tipton exchanged buckets at the start of the fourth to make it 58-36 and Aaron Carpenter hit a jumper to put Fairview in front 60-36. Sellers drilled back to back three-pointers for the Broncos to cut the lead to 60-42 with just over three minutes to play but Jack Brown answered with a trey on the other end to stop the Holly Pond scoring run. Back to back scores from Tweedie gave the Aggies a 25-point lead with just under two minutes remaining and put the game out of reach for the Broncos. Fairview held on to take the contest over Holly Pond 75-50.

Yarbrough led the Aggies with a game-high 27 points in the win. Tweedie added 16, Brown posted nine and Ryan finished with eight. Sellers led the Broncos with 14 points in the loss, followed by McBee with 10, Brown with eight and Boatright with seven.

Holly Pond will return home tomorrow night and try to bounce back against Brindlee Mountain while Fairview looks to stay hot on the road against Brewer.

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