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.
This past Friday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Norcross to take on Greater Atlanta Christian for their last game of the regular season. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played GAC and endured a 55-29 loss.
The Lady Spartans came out ready to play where they earned an early lead over Fannin. While GAC had no trouble driving the lane, the Rebels scored most of their points in the first quarter from downlow. Saidee Collins and Olivia Sisson were the go to posts on the block to put points on the board. Collins contributed two points to Fannin’s score while Sisson scored eleven for the night. The Lady Spartans closed out the first quarter with a 20-6 lead over the Lady Rebels.
Fannin tightened up their defense to start of the second quarter. The Rebels played a solid defense where they only allowed the Spartans to score five points. Fannin began to draw fouls on defense and add to their score. Rebel freshman Becca Ledford led Fannin in scoring for the night with fifteen points, six of them being from foul shots. Prisila Bautista followed the trend where she contributed one more point to the Rebels score from the free throw line. GAC kept their lead and closed out the first half with a score of 25-14.
GAC began to find their way through Fannin’s defense as they started to make a come back in the third quarter. The Spartans continued to drive the lane and create open shots while the Rebels began to make outside shots. Lady Rebel senior, Maleah Stepp, made two of her three point shots where she added six points onto the board. Abby Ledford pulled up and made an outside shot where she also drew a foul, resulting in three points added to Fannin’s score. The Spartans added twenty-two points to their score while Fannin was only able to add nine. GAC extended their lead and ended the third quarter with a score of 47-23.
Despite Fannin’s fight in the second quarter, the Spartans were able to extend their lead and claim a 66-39 victory over Fannin. The Lady Rebels loss put their overall record at 7-18 and their region record at 3-9. Catch the Lady Rebels next game in the region tournament tomorrow at 7:30pm as they travel to take on Dawson County.