AFTON - Led by Jordyn Blanton's 18 points, the Afton Lady Eagles overcame a three-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter to down their rivals from Fairland 37-34 in the first round of the Coca-Cola Classic at Afton High School Monday.
Blanton hit four times from behind the arc, including two in the final eight minutes as the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Owls 10-4 in the final period to pick up their second win of the year.
The Lady Eagles (2-2) were scheduled to meet Oklahoma Union in the semifinals Thursday night. The Lady Owls (0-3) will face the Kansas JV squad tonight at 7 p.m. in consolation action.
Blanton led the way for Afton early, scoring seven of the Lady Eagles' 10 points in the first quarter as they took a four point lead.
Fairland evened the game by clamping down on the defensive end, holding Afton to five points while getting six from Caleigh Mitchell to even the score at 15 at the break.
Ashlee Davis sparked the Lady Owls in the third quarter, scoring seven of her team's 15 points in the quarter.
The Lady Eagles got five points from Paige Blevins in the period, but still found themselves trailing 30-27 heading into the fourth.
Blevins finished with eight points for Afton. Davis led the Lady Owls with 14, while Mitchell and Whitney Dushane had eight points each. The loss was the third straight to open the season for Fairland, with all the losses by six points or less.
Afton 61, Fairland 31 (boys)
The Eagles used a huge third quarter to complete the sweep Monday night and move on to the semifinals.
Leading 26-23 at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Owls 21-0 in the third period to take command of the game.
Afton (3-1) got six points from Justin Byrley and five points from Brennon Fuser in the decisive period.
The Owls (1-2) started out strong, getting seven points from Dillon Seaman to take a 14-10 lead after the first quarter. K.C. Jones was the only Owl to finish in double figures with 12 points. Afton got a game-high 15 points from Fuser, while Byrley finished with 11.
The Eagles were scheduled to take on Kansas in Thursday night's semifinals, while the Owls will play Oklahoma Union tonight at 8:30 in the consolation round.