Last night, the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield traveled to Fannin County High School to take on the Lady Rebels for the first game of their regular season. Fannin had just come from a tough loss to Murphy in a scrimmage the week before and hoped to redeem themselves against the Raiders. The Lady Rebels managed to come out on top, 72-24, Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Blue Ridge.
Fannin got the ball from tip off and wasted no time to put it into action. Abby Ledford got things started for Fannin as she made a 3-point shot to give the Rebels the lead. Ledford led Fannin in scoring for the night with 22 points, 12 of them being from three point shots. Morgan Holt trailed right behind Ledford as she earned 20 points for the Rebels. The Raiders played in a zone defense that Fannin was able to be one step ahead of to make their way to the goal. Holt and Ledford were the stars of the first quarter as they were the only ones to score and gave Fannin a 14-2 lead over the Raiders.
Starting point guard Becca Ledford got things started in the second quarter with an outside shot. After a made foul shot from the Raiders, Ledford managed to get the ball back and drive to the basket to extend Fannin’s lead 18-5. Becca found herself contributing seven points to the Rebel’s score for the night to help her team extend their lead. Holt received action on the post as she made a move for a shot, just for the Raiders to do the same and put their score at seven. Reagan York also made herself known in the second quarter as she put points on the board to earn an overall of seven for the night. York was also able to read the court very well as she gave Abby an assist to score a layup for Fannin. Not only did the Lady Rebels have good looks up the court, but also inside to their posts as Paige Forsman added two points to Fannin’s score from the block. With the Rebel’s offense working together so nicely, they were able to go into halftime with a 33-11 lead.
Not only was Fannin’s offense solid, but so was their defense. The Rebels had more than 15 steals in the game thanks to their hustle on defense. Mackenzie Johnson earned a majority of the steals and contributed three points to the Rebel’s score for the night. Prisila Bautista also had grit on defense as she got after it and made the Raiders offense work hard. From her drives to the basket and made foul shots, Bautista added 6 points to the Rebels score for the night. With Fannin’s heavy defensive pressure, the Raiders found themselves behind the Rebels 51-20 to start the fourth quarter.
Instead of the original eight minute quarters, the officials cut down the clock to six minutes. Although Fannin was far ahead, they refused to give the game anything less than their all. The Rebel’s offense proved to work beautifully as Olivia Sisson set a perfect screen for Becca Ledford to come off of and score a layup. Sisson showed off her moves on the block as she scored a basket to contribute to Fannin’s score for the night. As the time on the clock was running out, Natalie Thomas banked a 3-point shot for Fannin. After successfully holding the Raiders on defense, Fannin ran out the clock and found themselves with a 72-24 victory over Southeast Whitfield.
Catch the Lady Rebels next game on Saturday at Fannin County High School as they participate in the Ellijay Tournament.