The Afton Eagles varsity basketball troops took a road trip to Fairland’s Fighting Owl Arena Tuesday night and locked horns with their old rival. At the end of the night the Afton boys’ and girls’ squad had advanced their season records to 2-0 apiece with the Lady Eagles prevailing 80-33 while the Eagles claimed a 69-42 final.
The Afton girls dominated their contest from the opening whistle. The Lady Eagles had constructed a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched it to 47-17 at the break.
“Our chemistry isn’t bad, I think we played great defense,” Lady Eagle Head Coach Gerald Sergeant said about the effort. “I don’t think we’re shooting as well on the outside as we’re capable of. Our inside shots are falling pretty good. And we had a good press.”
Sergeant was keeping a close eye on senior post Darby Todd who is rebounding from an injury suffered during softball season.
“Darby is coming off two and half months with a broken foot,” Sergeant said. “She’s getting there (with her recovery) but she’s not one hundred percent yet.”
Senior Macy Gibson led the Lady Eagle assault with 22 points. Shelbie VanPielt added 12 while teammates Jacy Grimes and Olivia Shaul both broke into the double digits with 10 points each. Todd, with eight points, and Ashley Carroll, with seven, rounded out the top scorers for the Lady Eagles.
“Macy had a great game,” Sergeant said. “Jacy has really picked it up. Shelbie is a really good three point shooter and is coming along. Olivia has come in and done a great job for us. And Ashley is the quarterback of the whole thing and she does a great job, I just wish she’d shoot it more because she’s capable.”
Suzanne Pascoe and Bekky Gebhart were the leading scorers for the Lady Owls with eight points each. Ashlee Davis added another five points.
Much like their counterparts, the Eagles streaked away at the beginning of their game to control the proceedings from the start.
Afton had built a 34-17 cushion at the break and was up 51-34 as the final quarter got under way.
“I thought we started off pretty well,” said Eagle Head Coach David Markes. “We controlled the game early.
“Fairland played hard and they got a few more offensive rebounds than I wanted them to get,” Markes continued. “But, overall, I was pleased with our effort.”
Senior Ryan Markes was the leading scorer for the Eagles with 19 points. He was backed up by 17 points from Shawn Free and 14 from Brandon James. Magnum Mustain added nine and Tony Jarvis put in six points.
“We need to get a little better about seeing people wide-open up the floor,” Markes said. “I felt like we left some points out there because we didn’t pass the ball up quick enough. Team-wise I was pretty proud of everybody that stepped in and played their role and got after it.”
J.C. Morrow was the leading scorer for the Owls Tuesday with 10 points. Jordan Alexander put in nine, while Jesse Drosche added eight. Blake Robertson rounded out the top Owl scorers with seven points.
Fairland will host Welch this Friday while Afton meets up with Bluejacket later this week.