Friday, December 11, 2009

Whitehaven - Fairley Report

Whitehaven was the place to be on Friday evening. Fairley made the short trip down Shelby Drive and Elvis Presley to take on the Tigers. The DJ was jamming. Whitehaven's newly formed Pep Squad was loud and obnoxious. And the fans (students) were pouring into the gym.

It took 1 hour and 40 minute and 6 players fouling out (3 for each team) to determine the winner of this one. I LOVE THIS GAME!!

The game started off pretty slow. Whitehaven was in a zone and Fairley took their time on offense. It seemed as if Fairley was too patience on offense making a pass too many giving up wide open shots and settling for difficult ones. However, it didn't hurt Fairley too much with the first quarter ending with the score being 10-9 Whitehaven.

Whitehaven made some defensive adjustments during the second quarter and it caught Fairley off guard. Whitehaven changed their defense up seemed like every time down the court. They would present a zone. Or they would trap. Or even play man to man. Fairley could not adjust and only managed 4 points the entire quarter. The score was 23-13 Whitehaven at the half.

Fairley's senior Erica Ousley turned it up during the third and pretty much kept her team in the game. She got to the basket effortlessly over and over and over again scoring 13 points in the quarter. It only helped the Bulldogs get within 8 but they had the momentum.

At the beginning of the fourth, Fairley gave Whitehaven some defensive medicine of their own with a full court press. They went on a 5-2 run to cut the lead down to 3 and forced a Whitehaven timeout. After the timeout, Fairley continued their run to take the lead 43-42...But as Fairley's momentum was continuing to build their offensive weapon Erica Ousley fouled out the game with 4:18 remaining.

Would Fairley be able to pull off a victory on Whitehaven's home court with whistle happy refs, an obnoxious and loud pep squad and a gym full of Whitehaven students... And would anybody step up to the offensive plate... Let me introduce you to Fairley junior Brandi James. Brandi picked up where Erica left off. It wasn't easy. It was probably the longest 4th quarter in history. Just Kidding!

Brandi had key steals, shots and free throws to lead Fairley to victory. She scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the fourth alone finishing the game with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Freshman Erica Watkins also had 3 key rebounds during the circus like fourth quarter. You just had to be there!!!

Fairley gave Whitehaven their second lost of the season 55-51.

Fairley (55) -- Brandi James 18, Daniece Jamison 2, Saraya Maxwell 7, Erica Ousley 24, Erica Watkins 4.

Whitehaven (51) -- Keonda Fields 14, Jessica Howard 1, Amber Nelson 4, Kenesha Odom 3, Nikki Orr 12, Terrica Robinson 2, Tenesha Wright 12, D. Malone 3.

Fairley / 9 / 4 / 19 / 23 / -- / 55 /

Whitehaven / 10 / 13 / 17 / 11 / -- / 51 /

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