This past Friday, the East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for their senior night. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played East Hall and endured a 77-44 loss.
Nathaniel Garrison, Joel Kinser, Chase Culpepper, Chandler Kendall, and Dahla Myers were the Rebel seniors to be recognized for the night and all hoped to claim a win for their very last home game. The five seniors took the court for tip off and started the game. Each team started the game with great intensity as the lead went back and forth. Kendall led Fannin in scoring for the night with twelve points. The Vikings were able to claim a 14-11 lead to end the first quarter.
Fannin managed to take back their lead to start off the second quarter. Garrison was an asset down low where he claimed a 20-18 lead for Fannin and added four points to the Rebels score. After the Vikings made a three point shot for a 21-20 lead, Kinser responded with an outside shot to put Fannin ahead 22-21. The senior was aggressive on the block as he added five points to Fannin’s score for the night. The trend kept going until the last few minutes of the quarter when the Vikings extended their lead. Fannin began to fall behind as East Hall went into halftime with a 35-26 lead.
The Rebels kept the same intensity they started the game with to begin the second half. Brady Martin hustled on defense where he blocked shots and he also contributed two points on offense. Myers pulled up for outside shots where he added five points to Fannin’s score while Cohutta Hyde sped past the defense to put four points on the board. As Fannin added a few more points to their score, East Hall passed the ball around to create open shots finished the third quarter ahead of Fannin with a score of 50-38.
Fannin was determined to finish the game strong and play with grit. Culpepper was able to draw fouls on offense and add two points from the free throw line. Kaeden Twiggs showed off his ball handling skills as he contributed nine points to the Rebels score, three of them being from foul shots. Fannin post, Jalen Ingram, fouled out of the game after earning four points on the block. As the clock wound down, the Fannin seniors were called off of the court for the underclassmen to take their places. East Hall ran away with their lead and closed out the night with a 67-47 victory over the Rebels.
When asking head coach Shan Culpepper about his seniors, he stated, “I am really proud of the five seniors we have this year; Chase Culpepper, Nathaniel Garrison, Chandler Kendall, Dahla Myers, and Joel Kinser. These are five outstanding individuals on and off of the court. They are all great students athletes who possess great character. These seniors have led by example and exemplified great leadership for this team. I am proud of their attitudes and I believe they are leaving behind the legacy of how to lead. They have showed how to preserve when things don’t go their way. They always kept working hard and striving towards team goals. I am going to miss these guys. They are very quiet but they have given a lot to this program and I will be forever grateful to them.”
Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 3-20 and their region record at 0-11. Catch the Rebels next game this upcoming Friday at 8:30pm as they travel to take on Greater Atlanta Christian!