FAYETTEVILLE — It was a banner night for Oak Hill as both Red Devil teams won championships at the 2020 Fayette County Middle School Basketball Tournament Friday.
The Oak Hill girls defeated Midland Trail, 33-19, to cap a stellar 17-1 season. In the boys game, the Red Devils cruised past Midland Trail, 55-26, to earn county bragging rights.
Following is a brief recap of Friday's contests in the tournament hosted by Fayetteville PK-8 at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building:
Top-seeded Oak Hill owned an 11-0 lead before eventually capturing a 33-19 win over Midland Trail to capture the spoils.
The Patriots pulled to within nine points, 26-17, with an Addison Isaacs basket at the end of the third quarter, but the Red Devils controlled the clock in the fourth en route to the triumph.
Kyndall Ince scored 12 and Taysia Gray 10 to lead Oak Hill.
Rumor Barnhouse had eight for the Patriots, who finished 12-7.
The title tilt was knotted at 9-all through six minutes, but the Red Devils kicked it into gear in the second period.
Jacob Blankenship and Kyler Edwards got back-to-back deuces to move Oak Hill into a 16-9 lead midway through the second. Then, two consecutive two-pointers by Malachi Lewis stretched the advantage to nine points, 20-11, at the 3:30 mark. Finally, another Lewis goal and one from Armonyi Hicks expanded the margin to 11, 24-13, with 2:35 to play in the frame.
A two-pointer from Blankenship staked the Red Devils to a 27-15 cushion with 4:50 left in the third. A little later, Lewis buried a three to stretch the Oak Hill lead to 30-16.
Edwards tallied 14 points to lead the attack for Oak Hill (11-7). Lewis finished with 12 and Hicks had 10.
Midland Trail (13-4) got 10 from Justin Cooper and nine from Eli Campbell.
Lily Hayes drilled a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the Meadow Bridge Wildcats past Fayetteville, 31-30, in a thrilling third-place game.
Hayes netted 10 points, including a 7-of-7 effort at the charity stripe, to lead the Wildcats. Kierston Rozell chipped in nine.
Kerrisyn Feazell scored 12 for the Pirates.
Valley held Meadow Bridge to two second-half points on its way to a 21-17 win in the boys' third-place contest.
With eight points, Sean Sizemore led the Greyhounds.
Jaden Gladwell scored five for Meadow Bridge.
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Jaden Gladwell 2 0-1 5, Cordell McClung 1 1-2 4, Brycen Sawyers 0 4-9 4, Blake Bennett 1 0-3 2, Daron Walker 1 0-1 2, Brayden Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals: 5 5-16 17
Donnie Welch 1 0-0 3, Sean Sizemore 4 0-2 8, Christian Watson 2 0-2 4, Auston Preast 0 0-0 0, Titan Arthur 0 0-2 0, David Spaulding 1 2-4 4, Casey Chapman 0 2-2 2. Totals: 8 4-12 21
MB: 6 9 2 0 — 17
V: 7 6 2 6 — 21
3-point goals — MB: 2 (Gladwell, McClung); V: 1 (Welch). Fouled Out — Spaulding (V).
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On the second night of the tournament Thursday, the two top seeds were among the teams which advanced to Friday's championship matchups.
On Feb. 20, the No. 1 Oak Hill boys cruised by Meadow Bridge, 65-17, and the No. 1 Red Devil girls easily advanced with a 61-19 toppling of Meadow Bridge. In the nightcap, the No. 2 Midland Trail boys slipped by No. 3 Valley, 43-39.
Eli Campbell pumped in 19 points to lead the Midland Trail offense. Landon Syner supplied 13.
Sean Sizemore scored 16 and Auston Preast 15 for the Greyhounds. David Spaulding contributed four points, and Christian Watson and Casey Chapman had two each.
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On the opening night, the Meadow Bridge and Midland Trail girls and the Meadow Bridge boys were first-round winners.
No. 5 Meadow Bridge kicked off the annual event with a late surge for a 52-43 victory over the No. 4 Valley girls. A transition bucket by Valley's Madison Young pulled the Greyhounds to within one point, 40-39, but Meadow Bridge closed the contest with a 12-4 run.
Charity Reichard poured in 24 points to pace the Meadow Bridge effort. Kierston Rozell chipped in 13, Lily Hayes 11 and Amber Stickler four.
For Valley, Emily Myers tossed in 15 points, and Young had 12. Also, Alexis Dozier and Destiny Scott netted seven each, and Samantha Edwards scored two.
In the night's middle game, the No. 4 Meadow Bridge boys squeaked by No. 5 Fayetteville, 22-19. Finally, the No. 3 Midland Trail girls eased by No. 2 Fayetteville, 21-19.
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