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February 19, 2014

RCB rallies past East Fairmont girls, 45-42: PHOTOS

PLEASANT VALLEY — Down by two with 58 seconds remaining, East Fairmont coach James Beckman called timeout to draw up a play.

His Bees worked the ball around the 3-point arc and passed it inside, looking for the game-tying basket. However, the pass — and the game — slipped through the Bees’ hands in a 45-42 loss to Robert C. Byrd Tuesday night at East Fairmont High School.

“I had a gut feeling they were going to go man. I said, ‘Here’s a play,’” Beckman said. “It was executing and (Shayla Hinterer) got her hand on the ball and busted the play.

“We did what we were trying to do. If the situation arose again, we’d do the same thing. The same personnel would be out there on the floor.”

The turnover was one of 11 in the second half for the Bees. After taking a 23-20 lead into the half, the Bees were outscored 25-19 in the second half in large part because of the Eagles’ 1-3-1 zone. Beckman called the final 16 minutes, the team’s “Achilles heel.”

“I thought in the first half East Fairmont imposed their will on us,” Robert C. Byrd girls’ basketball coach Dennis Hutson said. “Their energy level was much better. The second half I thought we at least matched their energy level or even imposed our will on them at times, which was key for us.”

The Bees were without sophomore playmaker Felicity VanGilder for a huge chunk of the second half after she picked up her third foul midway through the third quarter. VanGilder was on pace for a double-double, pulling down 9 rebounds and scoring five points in the first half. But because of the foul trouble, she didn’t score a point in the second half and grabbed just two more rebounds to finish with 11.

“When ‘Fe’ sits on the bench, it hurts us,” Beckman said. “When she’s on the floor — maybe I’m biased — she’s a first-team Big 10 player. But when she’s on the bench in foul trouble, it hurts us. There’s been about five or six games where she’s been in foul trouble and we’ve struggled.”

Bailey Frederick paced the Bees with 10 points in VanGilder’s absence. Kayla Satterfield scored eight points, including two big 3-pointers down the stretch. Lauryn Antolock and Macy Nuzum added five each.

Robert C. Byrd was led by Corin Todd with 18 points. Shayla Hinterer scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds. And Saman Buffey added eight points.

The loss drops East Fairmont to 8-11 on the season. Robert C. Byrd, meanwhile, improved to 11-9.

The Bees return to action today for a 5:45 p.m. game with Philip Barbour.

“They’re getting great experience and quality minutes,” Beckman said. “This is a stepping stone for us. We’re there. Now we need to learn to pull through.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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