PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Aggies top Guntersville 49-48 in OT, Aggies fall to Wildcats 66-45

Fairview's Emma Garcia finished with 16 points in the Lady Aggies' 49-48 overtime win over Guntersville Tuesday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. — Fairview tipped off area play at home Tuesday night as they hosted Guntersville in a pair of huge games. In a classic back-and-forth contest between both teams, the Lady Aggies ended up taking their game over Guntersville in overtime 49-48 while the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding factor in the boys’ game as the Aggies ended up dropping falling to the Wildcats 66-45.

Fairview 49 – Guntersville 48 (OT) (Varsity Girls)

Fairview’s Sadie Smith drilled a three to put them on the scoreboard with 6:54 remaining in the opening period, then almost two minutes, Morgan Lindsay hit one of her own from long range to give the Lady Aggies a 6-2 lead. Smith added another one to make it 9-4, then later on, back-to-back baskets down low by Jayla Gorham and Kabri Redding stretched Fairview’s lead to 13-6. Guntersville hit a layup to make it a 13-8 game and the Lady Aggies went into the second quarter with the five-point advantage.

But the Lady Wildcats went on a 9-2 run to start out the second period as they grabbed a 17-15 lead about halfway into the second period. A Smith trey gave the Lady Aggies the lead right back at 18-17, but Guntersville re-took the lead on a layup and Fairview found themselves down by one at the half at 19-18.

The third quarter belonged to Emma Garcia as she scored all seven points for the Lady Aggies. Her three gave them a 25-22 lead with a little over three minutes to go in the third period, but the Lady Wildcats tied it at 25 on a free throw and a layup. Fairview found themselves deadlocked at 25 apiece going into the fourth quarter.

After a Smith free throw tied the game up at 28 early in the fourth period, five straight points from Guntersville gave them a 33-28 lead. After both teams traded baskets on the next four possessions, a huge three-point play by Lindsay made it a 37-35 game with 3:19 remaining in the contest. A pair of late layups by Gorham and Lindsay tied the game up at 39 with a little over a minute to go in the game. Neither team was able to break the tie after that as it went into overtime still tied at 39.

After a pair of Smith free throws tied it at 41, a huge shot by Garcia gave Fairview a 43-41 lead with less than three minutes to go in overtime. The Lady Wildcats broke a 46-all tie with a layup with less than a minute to go in overtime. Lindsay split a pair from the line to make it a one-point game with 45 seconds left. After Guntersville missed their free throw attempt, Lindsay drove down the lane and got fouled with less than two seconds left. She made the two biggest free throws of her life to give the Lady Aggies a 49-48 lead. Guntersville’s final shot attempt was off, and Fairview stays undefeated after their 49-48 win over the Lady Wildcats.

Garcia finished the game with 16 points, seven rebounds and a block for Fairview (9-0, 1-0). Smith added 12 points and four rebounds. Lindsay ended up with 11 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Gorham added six points, six rebounds and a steal. Jaycee Aleman and Redding each chipped in with two points.

Guntersville 66, Fairview 45 (Varsity Boys)

Guntersville jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead over Fairview to start out the game, but Parker Martin hit back-to-back shots to make it 10-6. Later on, a Cylas Yarbrough trey made it 12-9, but they couldn’t find an answer for Guntersville and their inside game as the Wildcats would stretch their lead to 23-14 late in the first period. A Cade Arnold shot made it 23-16, but the Wildcats hit a pair from the line as the Aggies trailed 25-16 going into the second period.

Another Guntersville basket down low made it 27-16, but Fairview started to cut into the deficit as Kobe Payne drilled a three and Austin Johnson scored down low to cut the deficit to six at 27-21. Later on in the second quarter, four straight Payne free throws made it a two-point game. But they couldn’t quite take the lead as a pair of late free throws by the Wildcats made it a 31-27 game at the half.

Again, Guntersville got off to a quick start, going on a 6-2 run to make it 37-28, but the Aggies’ Ethan Frasier, Martin and Payne scored their next six points to cut the deficit to just three at 37-34. A Martin layup made the score, 41-39, but the Wildcats hit one of their own to put the score at 43-39 going into the final period.

The Wildcats quickly pushed their lead to 10 to start out the fourth quarter. Frasier hit a basket down low to cut it to eight, but it would be all Guntersville after that as they ended up outscoring the Aggies, 23-6, in the fourth quarter to break the game wide open. Fairview found themselves on the wrong end of a 66-45 loss at the hands of the Wildcats.

Payne finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds, and a steal for Fairview (5-3, 0-1). Martin added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals. Yarbrough ended up with nine points and a steal. Arnold added three points and four rebounds, while Austin Johnson finished with two points. 

Fairview will stay at home Friday night to take on West Point in a pair of huge county games.

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