Player of the Week

FCHS Sports, Player Of The Week, Sports

Congratulations to Team FYN’s player of the week for the Lady Rebels basketball team, Morgan Holt! Holt is a junior at Fannin County High School who plays the position of a starting guard.

This is Morgan’s third year of playing basketball for the high school. When Holt is not playing ball for the school, she spends her free time playing for a travel basketball team.

As far as basketball awards go, she has been earning them since her freshman year when she received the title of Rookie of the Year. Holt lettered her sophomore year, received the All-Tournament Player award at this past years ETC Tournament, and earned an MVP award for their Christmas Tournament this season at North Murray.

Morgan is a great player who is an asset to the Lady Rebels. Not only is she a great athlete, but she is also a great sport. She stays positive and always encourages her teammates on the court. Congratulations again to Morgan!

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Lady Rebels Comeback Against Union

FCHS Sports, Sports

This past Saturday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Union County to take on the Lady Panthers for the second time this season. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played Union and endured a heartbreaking 50-48 loss.

The Panthers started with the ball where they quickly encountered Fannin’s defense ready for them. The Rebels kept Union from scoring and were able to make their way to the basket for an early lead. Morgan Holt showed off her amazing ball handling skills as she moved right through the defense to add eleven points to Fannin’s score. Holt not only drove the basket, she also had great passes inside to Olivia Sisson who put six points on the board. As time passed by, Union began to adjust to the Rebel’s defense and claimed a 14-10 lead to end the first quarter.

Freshman, Becca Ledford, was on fire as she banked three of her three point shots and led Fannin in scoring with thirteen points. Ledford put Fannin into great scoring position only one point behind the Panthers with one of her three point shots. Reagan Henderson got rebounds and put them back for shots where she added eight points to Fannin’s score. Union began to drive right through Fannin’s defense and extend their lead to 26-15 to end the second quarter.

Although Fannin was behind, they kept up their intensity. Maleah Stepp pushed her way through the defense and scored six points. Prisila Bautista and Saidee Collins got scrappy on defense and drew fouls. Collins adeed two points to Fannin’s score from the free throw line while Bautista added one. Fannin kicked it into high gear and ended the third quarter only five points behind Union with a score of 35-30.

Ledford managed to tie up the game at the start of the fourth quarter with a layup and put the score at 37-37. It was a back and forth quarter with each team taking the lead from the other. Once Union got their lead back, Holt drove the lane to put them only one point behind with a score of 43-42. With twelve seconds left, Ledford made a three point shot to put the score at 49-47 with the Panthers still ahead. As the clock wound down, Fannin found themselves fouling the Panthers. With made foul shots, Union closed out the game with a 51-47 victory over the Rebels. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 6-13 while their region record stayed the same at 3-4.

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Lady Tigers Defeat Rebels

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This past Friday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Dawson County to take on the Lady Tigers for their second matchup of the season. The Lady Rebels looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played Dawson and endured a 70-44 loss.

Fannin started with the ball from tipoff where the Lady Tiger defense was able to keep them from the goal. As soon as Dawson gained possession of the ball, they wasted no time to put points on the board. Sophia D’Oliveira led the Tigers in scoring for the night with fourteen points. Lady Rebel senior, Maleah Stepp, led Fannin in scoring for the night with eight points overall. Dawson closed out the first quarter with a 20-4 lead over the Rebels.

Dawson had a solid defense where they made Fannin work to score their points. Freshman, Becca Ledford, pushed through the heavy defense and contributed five points to the Rebels score. As the Rebels scored their points, the Tigers were on fire with their outside shots. Dawson went into halftime with a 33-17 lead over Fannin.

Fannin began to look to the block for more points. Abby Ledford sped up the court and had great passes inside to Olivia Sisson who scored six points from the block. Ledford also contributed to Fannin’s score for the night as she pulled up above the key and banked a three point shot. Reagan Henderson had grit downlow where she got rebounds then put them back up for shots. Henderson also added six points to Fannin’s score for the night. Although Fannin found their way to the basket, they were unable to hold Dawson on defense where they advanced their lead to a score of 58-28.

As the fourth quarter began, a new five went in to play for the remaining six minutes. Kennedy Harper took the position of post where she got after the ball and earned rebounds. Reagan York and Jenna Young were aggressive with the ball where they drove to the basket and drew fouls. The freshmen each contributed one point to Fannin’s score. Mackenzie Johnson responded to the Tigers defense as she earned steals and drove it back for a layup. The Rebels played a solid defense where they didn’t allow the Tigers to score any points. Although Fannin played with great intensity at the end, it was not enough to catch up to Dawson’s 58-32 lead. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 6-12 while and their region record at 3-4.

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TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week – Maleah Stepp

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Congratulations to FYN’s player of the week for the Lady Rebels basketball team, Maleah Stepp! Maleah is a senior at Fannin County High School who has been playing basketball for the high school all four years.

Not only is the senior great at basketball, she is also heavily involved at school. With her time at FCHS, Stepp has participated in basketball for four years, softball for one, she was inducted into the National Honors Society her sophomore year and the National Technical Honors Society her junior year, and juggles college classes on top of it all.

As far as sports awards go, Stepp has been selected to be the recipient of many. Her junior year, Maleah was selected as an All Tournament Player in the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. This past year she was once again selected for the same title, but in the 2018 Tip Off Tournament. In just her first year of playing softball for the high school as a center fielder, Stepp was named to the All-Region Team for 2018.

When asking head basketball coach Ryan Chastain about the senior, he stated, “Maleah is a great kid. She is a senior who was voted as captain by her teammates on this years basketball team. She starts at the point guard position for us and there is a lot of leadership that goes into that role so I think it says a lot about her character being given that title. She has been a four year varsity player here and she continues to work hard and make strides. We are looking forward to having a good stretch right here to end the season.”

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Spartans Defeat Rebels

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This past Tuesday, the Lady Spartans traveled from Norcross to take on the Lady Rebels at Fannin County. Greater Atlanta Christian had just come from a win and looked to continue the trend while Fannin looked to redeem themselves from a previous loss.

This was Fannin’s first region matchup of the month and they looked to continue their region win streak of three games in a row. Morgan Holt jumped for Fannin at tipoff and received possession to start the game. Holt was the first to put any points on the board and contributed five overall for the night. The Rebels were fighting for the lead as they trailed GAC 8-4 at the end of the first quarter.

It was a very fast paced game as the ball went up and down the court in a matter of seconds. Senior, Maleah Stepp, was on fire with her three point shots as she led her team in scoring with six points. Abby Ledford also had her share of outside shots for the night as she added five points to the Rebels score. GAC picked up their defense and made it harder for Fannin to get to the basket. The Rebels also adjusted their defense as they changed to a zone in attempts to stop the Spartans from driving to the goal. Fannin freshman, Becca Ledford, was scrappy on defense where she took charges for her team. Ledford also showed off her speed as she drove the lane and added five points to the Rebels score. GAC extended their lead going into halftime with a score of 22-14.

As Fannin maneuvered around the heavy defense, they had good looks inside to their posts who all scored two points each. Senior, Emily Beavers, blocked a shot and drew fouls from downlow as she earned two points for Fannin. Regan Henderson also contributed  to Fannin’s score from the free throw line. Olivia Sisson followed the trend and added points to the board for the Rebels with moves on the block. Kennedy Harper kept the momentum going as she earned rebounds and went back up with the ball. Although Fannin kept adding onto their score, the Spartans put more points on the board and ended the third quarter with a 44-23 lead.

When the fourth quarter began, Fannin began to lose their intensity. Fannin struggled to make baskets while the Spartans had no trouble driving to the goal for more points. As the clock wound down, GAC found themselves with 55-29 victory over Fannin. The Rebels loss put their overall record at 6-11 and their region record at 3-3.

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Fannin Falls to Gilmer

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This past Saturday, the Lady Rebels took on the Gilmer County Lady Bobcats at home for their first game of the month. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from one of their first games of the season when they endured a 52-45 loss to Gilmer in the ETC Tournament.

It started as a back and forth game from tip off when the Lady Rebels started with the ball. Fannin earned an early lead as they drove the defense in then passed the ball out for wide open shots. Sophomore Abby Ledford and junior Morgan Holt, led Fannin in scoring for the night with fourteen points each.

The Bobcats were ahead 9-8 when Holt drove the lane for a layup to take a 10-9 lead. Fannin played a heavy defense where they fouled the Bobcats which led them to take an 11-10 lead with made foul shots. Holt continued to score more points as she rebounded a shot and went up for a basket that put Fannin ahead 12-11. Gilmer once again found themselves at the free throw line where they tied the game 12-12 with thirty-five seconds left in the first quarter. As the clock wound down, Fannin fouled again and Gilmer made two foul shots to go into the second quarter with a lead of 14-12.

Gilmer started to drive towards the basket to extend their lead over Fannin at the beginning of the second quarter. Maleah Stepp showed off her ball handling skills and added four points to Fannin’s score with her jump shots. As Gilmer still had a 28-21 lead going into halftime, Fannin fought to make a comeback.

Fannin tried to adjust to Gilmer’s defense and found a new method of scoring. The Rebels found senior, Reagan Henderson, wide open on the block who contributed five points for the night.  Mackenzie Johnson assisted in earning some of those points as she went up for a layup and then passed backdoor to Henderson who was wide open for a shot. Johnson also added to Fannin’s score for the night with three points overall. The Bobcats extended to a ten point lead to end the third quarter with a score of 43-33.

Both teams continued to play like they were neck and neck. They continued to put the ball into action and score even more points. As the game drew to an end, Gilmer found themselves victorious over Fannin once again, with a final score of 58-45. Fannins loss put their overall record at 6-10 and let their region record at 3-2.                 

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Trojans Defeat Rebels

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On 12/7, The Fannin County Lady Rebels traveled to North Hall to take on the Lady Trojans for their second region game.

Fannin was able to keep up with North Hall in the first quarter where there was a lot of three point action. Both teams made two three point shots in the first quarter and continued to add onto them throughout the game. Sophomore, Abby Ledford, led the Rebels in scoring for the night with twelve points overall, six of them being from three pointers. It was a close game as the Lady Trojans closed out the first quarter with a 17-12 lead.

Although the Trojans were ahead, Fannin was not giving up their fight. They adjusted to North Hall’s defense and started to make it hard for them to make their way to the basket. Morgan Holt showed off her moves as she worked around the defense to contribute ten points for her team. Fannin managed to drive their way to the basket and outscore the Trojans in the second quarter ten to seven, which put the Trojans ahead only 24-22 as they went into halftime.

The Lady Rebels were able to find a new method of scoring at the start of the third quarter as the Trojan’s left Olivia Sisson wide open on the block. Sisson was quick on her feet as she contributed four points to Fannin’s score for the night. Rebel senior, Maleah Stepp, helped make the action happen downlow with her great passes from the top. Stepp also had her share of baskets for the night where she added five points to Fannin’s score. While Fannin added onto their score, North Hall did the same as they extended their lead to end the third quarter with a score of 34-29.

Fannin kept battling in the final quarter as they started to foul and be fouled. They played scrappy on defense and got after the ball which resulted in points. Kennedy Harper had grit on the block where she was fouled and added one point to Fannin’s score. Mackenzie Johnson showed her speed and pushed the ball up the court where she also got fouled and went two for two on free throws. Although Fannin kept their intensity to the end, North Hall was able to keep their lead and claim a 49-34 victory. The Trojans win put their overall record at 4-2 and Fannin’s at 1-7 while their region record became 0-2.

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Rebels Rally in Region Matchup

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For the first Tuesday of December, Fannin took on the Dawson County Tigers for their first region matchup. The Lady Tigers traveled to Fannin County in hopes of redeeming themselves from a previous loss while the Lady Rebels hoped to do the same.

Fannin was able to earn an early lead in the first quarter with their quick passes up the court. Rebel senior, Maleah Stepp, led Fannin in scoring with twelve points for the night, all being three point shots. Dawson’s point guard who has committed to Clemson University, led the Lady Tigers with twenty-three points overall. Dawson claimed a 16-10 lead over Fannin to close the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers had a scrappy defense where they made steals and fouled the Rebels. Sadie Collins was on fire at the free throw line where she made six of her nine shots for the night after the four points she contributed on the block. Freshman, Becca Ledford, was right behind Collins as she shot six free throws and made four. Kennedy Harper was one-hundred percent on her free throws where she made her two out of two and went on to add two more points to Fannin’s score. As Fannin made foul shots, Dawson earned their points from three point shots. The Tigers extended their lead over the Rebels and went into halftime with a score of 37-20.

The Rebels started to follow Dawson’s lead and pick up their three point game. Abby Ledford contributed six points to Fannin’s score with two three point shots. Junior, Morgan Holt, continued the trend and added four points to the board with one made three point shot and a free throw. As Fannin made three’s, the Tigers took advantage of a wide open lane and had a 55-32 lead to end the third quarter.

As the clock started to wind down in the fourth quarter, Fannin started to get into foul trouble. Olivia Sisson drew her fourth foul as she made a shot on the block and added onto the Rebels score. Senior, Reagan Henderson, fouled out of the game after she made a jump shot for Fannin. Dawson closed out the game with a 70-44 victory, putting Fannin’s overall record at 1-6 and their region record at 0-1.

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