Last night, the Cherokee Bluff Bears traveled to Fannin County to take on the Lady Rebels for their second region softball game of the season. Fannin had just come from a tough 12-4 loss to Greater Atlanta Christain and hoped to earn their first region win.
The Rebels defense was solid to start off the game. Kaelyn Hensely started off the game on the mound where eighteen of her first pitches thrown were strikes. Sophomore, Riley Davis, had quick hands at shortstop where she made a lot of big plays throughout the night. Emily Waldrep had a busy night as the Bears favorite spot seemed to be center field. To earn the third out of the first inning, Waldrep ran forward to catch a pop fly and held the Bears. The senior showed off her speed as the leadoff batter when she was walked and snuck her way to second base when no one was covering. After Emily stole another base, Kayleigh Russell put down a sacrifice bunt to bring her home and earn the first run of the game, putting Fannin ahead 1-0.
Cherokee Bluff didn’t allow Fannin to keep their lead for long. They were able to put the ball in the perfect places to where the Rebels couldn’t catch them, putting them in perfect scoring position. On a Fannin error, they allowed a run to score, tying the game 1-1. The Bear’s pitcher had a perfect inning as she struck out all three of Fannin’s batters to end the second inning.
Although the Rebel’s were not able to make anything happen on offense, they were determined on defense to not let any runs score. Freshman, Zoe Putnam, had hustle at second base where she dove to stop the ball from going into the gap and held the runner at first base. Right after the great play, Kayleigh Russell had one of her own. The senior was hit a hard grounder where she tagged third base for a force out, then threw to first base for a double play. When it was Fannin’s turn to bat again, the Bears had another three in a row strikeouts to close the third inning with the score remaining 1-1.
Cherokee Bluff’s offense came alive at the start of the fourth inning. They were hitting the ball in all of the right places to where Fannin couldn’t make a play. Freshman, Josilyn Newton, came in to relieve Hensley from the mound following the 3.2 innings she pitched. Newton finished out the game from the mound, striking out one batter. After the Bears were able to put three more runs on the board, Fannin finally earned their third out from a strikeout, putting Cherokee Bluff in the lead with a score of 4-1. Although the Rebels started to put the ball into play on offense, the Bear’s defense was all over it and earned another perfect three outs in a row.
As the Bears continued to put runners on base and score, they found themselves with an 8-1 lead over Fannin to end the fourth inning. As the next three innings passed by, Fannin was able to hold Cherokee Bluff, but the trend continued. The Bears would continue to hit and get on base while they had perfect innings on defense with no runners on. The Bears were on fire in every aspect of the game. For five innings in a row, they had a perfect three up and three down outs. While Fannin had impressive plays on defense in the seventh inning with Newton catching a hard line drive and Eryn Mealer showing off her arm behind the plate to throw out a girl on a steal, it was not enough to make a comeback. As Cherokee Bluff made their third out in the seventh, they found themselves with a 8-1 victory over Fannin.
The Lady Rebels loss puts their overall record at 1-8 while their region record stands at 0-2. Catch Fannin’s next softball game as they travel to North Hall this Thursday to take on the Trojans at 6:30pm!
This past Tuesday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Dawson County to take on the Lady Tigers for the first round of region tournament. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the last time they played Dawson and endured a 58-32 loss.
Right from tipoff, Fannin was determined to get a win. They started with great intensity that they kept throughout the game. Dawson started off with the ball were they quickly found Fannin’s defense waiting on them. The Rebels had a great defense that kept the Tigers from scoring for most of the first quarter. Rebel senior Maleah Stepp led her team in scoring for the night with sixteen points, twelve of them being from three point shots. Dawson began to get into their rhythm and add onto their score towards the end of the quarter. The Tigers managed to make their way two points behind the Rebels as they made a three point shot at the buzzer to claim a 15-14 lead.
The second quarter started off just as fast paced as the last. Dawson full court pressed the Rebels where they extended their lead. Lady Rebel post, Emily Beavers drew a foul from the block where she then went to the foul line and contributed one point to Fannin’s score. Fannin’s guards had good looks inside to post, Olivia Sisson, who added three points on the board with a jump shot and a free throw. Senior, Reagan Henderson, was aggressive downlow where she pushed her way through the defense and contributed four points to the Rebels score. Dawson was able to keep a small 33-28 lead over Fannin to go into halftime.
After a few minutes of back and forth in the third quarter, Fannin managed to get one point behind behind the Tigers as Morgan Holt pulled up for a three point shot to put Fannin behind 41-40. Holt was on fire above the key as she added eight points to the Rebel’s score for the night, six of them being from three point shots. Sophomore, Abby Ledford, also had some three point action as she made one to result in her fourteen points for Fannin. Becca Ledford showed off her hustle as she drove the middle of the lane, drew a foul, and tied the game 44-44. The freshman even made one of her foul shots to put the Rebels ahead 45-44 and contribute fifteen points overall to Fannin’s score. The Tigers quickly responded and made a basket to close out the third quarter with a 46-45 lead.
Each team was determined to finish the game with a win. The game continued to go back and forth as the teams were neck and neck. The Rebels fouled under the Tigers basket which resulted in a made foul shot to tie the game 47-47. Becca Ledford responded to this as she made both of her foul shots to take a 49-47 lead. The Tigers wasted no time to tie the game back up at 49-49 with a wide open layup. Dawson then continued to take a 51-49 lead as they pulled up for a jump shot. Abby Ledford got the ball right after to drive the lane and put the score at 52-51 as she drew a foul and tied the score 52-52 from the free throw line. The Tigers got the ball back to shoot a three point shot that would give them a 55-52 lead. Morgan Holt responded to this as as she put Fannin one point behind Dawson with two made free throws. Each team began to get into foul trouble as the end of the quarter drew near. Mackenzie Johnson and Olivia Sisson both had tremendous hustle until they both received their fifth foul and were removed from the game. Dawson also had two of their girls foul out around the same time who were then removed from the game. Before Sisson fouled out for Fannin, she drew a foul from the block where she made one shot and tied the game 55-55. Dawson then drove the basket to take back a 58-55 lead. Reagan Henderson added a made shot from the block to the mix to put Fannin back to being one point behind the Tigers. The trend continued as there was forty second left on the clock and Becca Ledford makes a foul shot, putting Fannin one point behind Dawson with a score of 60-59. The Lady Rebels continued to foul and let Dawson extend their lead until Ledford drew another foul and made both of her free throws to put Fannin behind 62-61. With just a few seconds left, the Lady Rebels make their last foul just for the Tigers to make both shots and close out the game with a score of 64-61.
Fannin played with great intensity and had hustle and heart throughout the entire game. Despite the tough loss, the Rebels saved one of their best games for their last. Fannin’s loss closed out their season, putting their overall record at 7-19 and their region record at 3-10.
Congratulations to Lady Rebel Reagan York for being FYN’s player of the week for the week of December 16. York is a freshman at Fannin County High School who get to play on varsity.
The freshman is very involved at school where she also plays volleyball and takes honors classes. Reagan is an asset on the team where she puts her all into the game.
Congratulations to Lady Rebel Emily Beavers for being FYN’s player of the week for the week of December 9. Beavers is a senior at Fannin County High School who has played basketball for the past four years.
Last year, Beavers was awarded with the Academic Award and Coaches Award for the basketball season. The senior challenges herself in the classroom where she has taken honors and AP classes. Emily’s plans after graduation include going to college and becoming a teacher.
Congratulations to Lady Rebel Saidee Collins for being FYN’s player of the week for the week of December 2. During this week, the forward put on a great games against Dawson County and North Hall.
Collins is a junior at Fannin County High School who has played basketball for the past three years. Saidee not only plays basketball, but she also plays tennis at FCHS and is a member of FCCLA. Last season, the junior was awarded for her great attitude with the JV Lady Rebel Award.
Congratulations to Lady Rebel Mackenzie Johnson for being Team FYN’s player of the week for the week of November 25. During this week, the Lady Rebels took on Cass and Union.
Johnson is a freshman at Fannin County High School who is heavily involved in sports. Her freshman year, Mackenzie participated in softball, basketball, and track. This year the sophomore decided to play the same amount of sports, but switched out volleyball for softball.
The athlete is going on playing her second year of basketball for the high school and continuously shows her love for the game by giving it her all.
Congratulations to Olivia Sisson for being November 18-24 player of the week for Lady Rebel basketball. During this week, Fannin took on Gilmer County and Hiwassee Dam in the ETC Tournament.
Sisson is a sophomore at Fannin County High School who has played as a forward for the team for the past two years. Not only is the sophomore involved with athletics, but also clubs like FCCLA and HOSA.
Although the athlete has been here only a short amount of time, she has proven to be vital to the Lady Rebels on the court.
Congratulations to Becca Ledford for being Team FYN’s player of the week for the week of November 11. Becca is a freshman at Fannin County High School who plays at the position of guard for the Lady Rebels basketball team. During this week, the athlete put on great games against Coahulla Creek and Pickens County.
Ledford is a triathlete who participates in FCHS volleyball and track along with basketball. On top of all of Becca’s sports, she also juggles honors classes.
Ledford has been an asset to the basketball program with her endless hustle and determination.