Times West Virginian
Fairmont Senior’s boys’ basketball team escaped Harrison County with a key league victory in a 61-54 overtime triumph over host Bridgeport.
The Polar Bears, now 5-3 and 3-1 in the Big 10, have won two straight.
Fairmont Senior trailed early on and was down 17-7 after one period. The deficit got to as much as 12 points in the second before the team trimmed it to 33-24 at halftime.
The Polar Bears, though, came roaring back in the third. In large part to Jarin HIlson, who netted eight of his game-best 21 points in the period, the visitors held an 18-7 scoring edge in the frame and led 42-40.
The contest was back in forth in the final period of regulation, as Horton blocked a Tyler Spouse shot before the buzzer to ensure overtime.
In overtime, Horton was saddled with leg cramps, forcing his younger brother Tavon to shoot two foul shots for him. The freshman hit both to make it 56-52 and Fairmont Senior never trailed thereafter.
Travon Horton added 20 points for the Polar Bears, while Shaquille Washington had 10.
Ryan Sprouse led Bridgeport (2-4, 2-2) with 16 points and Jordan Haywood had 15.
Fairmont Senior hosts Elkins on Tuesday.
Bees top Liberty
CLARKSBURG — East Fairmont’s girls’ basketball team did a bit of everything on Saturday night.
The Bees had balanced scoring. They rebounded and got contributions off the bench. Even erased a fourth-quarter deficit.
Add it all up, and the end result was a 45-37 road win at Liberty to snap a four-game losing streak.
“We played a really great first half and were a little bit flat in the third quarter,” East coach Bill Malone said of his team, which led 26-19 at the half but was outcored 13-4 in the third and was down by as much as five in the fourth. “But the girls just kept hanging in there.
“We made steals and got baskets and were able to turn it around. They could have given up but they fought back. That tells me a lot about them.”
Catherine Boyles paced the Bees with 13 points. Peyton Ryan and Brooklynn Weaver also scored in double digits with 12 and 11, respectively.
Weaver also guarded Liberty star Heather Hickman and held the all-state performer to 17 points. Malone also praised Ryan and Boyles’ play, along with his bench players.
“We really had some great efforts tonight,” he said.
East (3-7) hosts Grafton on Wednesday
Bears top Grafton
GRAFTON — Fairmont Senior’s girls’ basketball team posted a 59-44 win over Grafton on Friday.
Kaden Whaley led the Polar Bears with 14 points, while Emily Stoller had 13 and Kelsey Morrone 12.
Gabby Tenney eight points and a season-high six blocks. Tyaria Horton added seven points and six steals, and Stoller had eight assists.
Fairmont Senior hosts North Marion at the Woody Williams Armory on Monday.
Bears win invite
PLEASANT VALLEY — Fairmont Senior’s swim teams had a successful event as both the boys and the girls team paired up to win the East Fairmont Invitational on Saturday.
In the boys event, FSHS tallied a score of 170, while North placed fourth (18) and East rounded out the event in fifth place with the score of 17.
Paving the way for the boys team was Logan Demyon and Aydan Hansen. Demyon placed in first during the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:23.67, while Hansen notched first in the 100 yard fly with a time of 1:07.74.
In the 100 yard back, Fairmont Senior’s Brandon Ralston placed second with the time of 1:07.26; 400 yard free relay — Brandon Ralston, Isaac Kinder, Gage Hannah and Logan Demyon notched first at 3:48.30; 100 yard breast — Jeremy Sheppard (2) 1:14.63 and Ben Stewart (3) 1:20.36; 100 yard free — Isaac Kinder (2) 58.84; 200 yard free relay — Jeremy Sheppard, Ben Stewart, Gage Hannah and Logan Demyon (1) 1:41.05; 200 yard medley relay — Brandon Ralston, Jeremy Sheppard, Aydan Hansen and Ben Stewart (1) 1:55.00; 200 yard free — Isaac Kinder (1) 2:10.46, Aydan Hansen (2) 2:14.38 and Quentin Whitecotton (3) 2:22.11; and 50 yard free — Jeremy Sheppard (2) 24.84.
For East Fairmont, they were led by Chandler Kendall who placed third in the 100 yard free with the time of 59.69.
FSHS’s girls team combined for a team score of 214, while East placed second (127) and North fifth (27).
In the 100 yard breast, Ashley Bright for Fairmont Senior notched first with the time of 1:29.24, while East Fairmont’s Paisley Bunner tallied second with a time of 1:39.70.
The Polar Bear contributors were, 400 yard free relay — Cortney Bright, Sydney Woody, Julie Osborne and Zela Wyrosdick (1) 4:43.52; 100 yard free — Cortney Bright (1) 1:04.38 and Sydney Woody (2) 1:07.61; 500 yard free — Julie Osborne (1) 6:48.80; 200 yard free relay — Zela Wyrosdick, Sydney Woody, Kaitlyn Westfall and Cortney Bright (1) 1:59.10; 100 yard back — Zela Wyrosdick (1) 1:10.86; 200 yard medley relay — Julie Osborne, Ashley Bright, Sydney Izydore and Sydney Woody (1) 2:19.58; 200 yard free — Kaitlyn Westfall (1) 2:32.18; 200 yard IM — Cortney Bright (1) 2:43.56 and Julie Osborne (2) 2:51.40; 100 yard fly — Zela Wyrosdick (1) 1:13.87 and Olivia Osborne (2) 1:20.19.
For East, 400 yard free relay — Mariah Potoczny, Allie Lambert, Kirsten Kuniyoshi and Cierra Kendall (2) 4:59.70; 200 yard free relay — Kirsten Kuniyoshi, Rachel Ramage, Wyndsom Kendall and Cierra Kendall (2) 2:06.17; 100 yard back — Rachel Ramage (2) 1:18.13; Rachel Ramage, Mary Francis, Mariah Potoczny and Cierra Kendall (2) 2:21.08; 200 yard free — Mariah Potoczny (2) 2:47.48 and Emily Garlow (3) 3:22.89; 50 yard free — Cierra Kendall (2) 30.34.
Leading the way for North was Miranda Hixenbaugh who placed third in the 100 yard back with the time of 1:34.71.
Bees 1-2 at quad
MORGANTOWN — East Fairmont went 1-2 at a quad at University on Saturday.
The Bees, now 25-10 in duals, beat Brooke (43-28) and lost to University (40-33) and Parkersburg (57-22).
Logan Bowman (285 pounds), Jesse Roman (195) and Cole Valentine (170) each went 3-0.
Packee Sacks (113), Brody Nesslerotte (126), Cam Stewart (152) and Garrett Onderko (182) each finished 2-1. Matt Hopwood (138) and Dalton Michael added wins for East.
East hosts North Marion on Tuesday.