Last night, the East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin Co. to take on the Lady Rebels (3-2-2, 1-1 Region 7AAA) for a region soccer game. Fannin Co. had just come from a tough 10-0 loss to Greater Atlanta Christian and looked to redeem themselves with a win. The Lady Rebels managed to make their mark in the second half of the game as they claimed a 3-0 victory!
It was a slow first half as both teams came out ready to play. Both teams played solid defense as they kept each other from scoring the whole first half. As the clock ran out, neither team was able to score a goal, putting the score at 0-0.
The Lady Rebel’s offense came alive to start the second half of the game. Sydnie Jones got things started right off the bat as she showed off her hustle to score a goal and give Fannin Co. a 1-0 lead. Maddie Ponton continued the trend later in the game as she made a goal of her own to extend the Lady Rebel’s lead 2-0. Ashley Frye made her presence known with 25 seconds left as she scored a goal and put the score at 3-0 for the clock to run out on a Fannin Co. region victory!
After the game, Ashley Frye shared, “No matter how the game is going, always keep your head up high and give it your all!”
Catch the Lady Rebel’s next game on Thursday, March 10, as they take on Lumpkin County at home starting at 5:30 pm!
For the second day of the Thanksgiving Tournament, the Pickens Dragons took on the Lady Rebels for the last game of the day. Fannin had just come from a win over Hiwassee Dam and hoped to keep the trend going.
Morgan Holt was the one to jump for the ball and gain possession for Fannin. The senior was the first to put points on the board as she banked a three point shot to give Fannin an early lead. The Dragons quickly responded with a basket on the block to put the score at 3-2. Abby Ledford extended Fannin’s lead with a made layup to put the score at 5-2. With the Dragons trailing behind 7-5, they made a three point shot to tie up the game 7-7. Ledford was the one to get Fannin’s lead back with a made layup. As Abby banked a three point shot, Pickens kept adding onto their score to tie the game 16-16 to end the first quarter.
The Dragons were the first to extend their lead in the second quarter as they pulled up for a shot in the paint. The Dragons applied heavy defensive pressure on Fannin as they executed a full court press. Holt seemed to have luck as she pushed through the defense and made her way to the basket for layups as she led the Rebels in scoring for the night with 25 points. Ledford trailed right behind the senior as she added 24 points to the Rebel’s score. Fannin also had good looks to their posts as Saidee Collins had rebounds on the block that she would put up to score five points for the night. The Dragons were able to extend their lead over Fannin 42-33 as Holt made two foul shots to end the first half of the game.
Fannin came to life to start off the second half. They found a fire within themselves that they let burn for the rest of the game. They played with a new kind of intensity as as they started to put the ball into action. Holt made a great shot above the key as she banked a 3 to tie the game 51-51. Olivia Sisson had moves to make baskets and was the one to put the Rebels ahead with a score of 53-51. The post made many rebounds and contributed seven points to Fannin’s score for the night. After the lead, Fannin never looked back. Becca Ledford showed off her speed as she rushed up the court for a layup to put Fannin ahead 59-51. Right before the quarter ended, Natalie Thomas was able to bank a three point shot for Fannin to go into the fourth quarter with a 63-55 lead.
With Fannin driving to the basket and Pickens desperately trying to stop them from extending their lead, the Rebels were able to draw fouls. Reagan York played a great game as she got after it by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. She earned 10 points overall for Fannin, making all 4 of her foul shots. Jenna Young continued the trend as she contributed a free throw to the Rebel’s score. Mackenzie Johnson showed off her hustle as she rushed down the court to earn a layup and made a foul shot to end the game, leaving Fannin with an 80-70 victory over the Pickens Dragons.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 3-1. Catch them tonight as they take on the Gilmer Bobcats for the last game of the Thanksgiving Tournament, starting at 6pm @ FCHS!
Saturday night, the Lady Rebels took on Hiwassee Dam in their first game of the three day Thanksgiving Tournament being held at Fannin County High School. The Rebels had just come from a big 72-24 win against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders and hoped to continue the trend.
Senior, Morgan Holt, was the one to jump for the ball at the start of the game to earn Fannin possession. The Lady Eagles wasted no time putting numbers on the board as they threw to their post down low to give them a 2-0 lead. Abby Ledford answered this call by banking a 3 point shot to give Fannin a one point lead. After Hiwassee made another basket from down low, Saidee Collins tied up the game 4-4 with a made foul shot. Just when the Eagles thought they could get ahead with a three point shot, Becca Ledford showed off her skill as she banked one for herself and tied the game 7-7. However, Ledford gave Fannin the advantage by drawing a foul and making both of her shots to put the Rebels ahead 9-7. The Eagles were able to tie up the game one last time before Fannin ran away with it. Abby Ledford was the one to make a 3 point shot to put the Rebels ahead 12-9 and they never looked back. Holt followed the trend as she made a 3 pointer right after, just for Abby to do it again! The two Rebels were on fire above the key. Ledford led Fannin in scoring for the night with 17 points overall, 15 of them being from made 3 point shots. Holt trailed right behind the junior as she contributed 10 points to the Rebel’s score, 6 of them being from 3 point shots. The Rebels seemed to earn most of their points from above the key while the Eagles mainly threw inside to their posts for theirs. With Hiwassee following right behind, the Rebels ended the first quarter with an 18-14 lead over the Eagles.
Holt was able to draw a foul to start the second quarter where she made both of her foul shots, putting the score at 20-16. Becca Ledford was the next Rebel to get her hands on the ball as she drove right past the Eagle’s defense for a layup. The starting point guard earned 12 points overall for the night. Olivia Sisson began to make herself known in the game as she added 10 points to Fannin’s score with her moves and rebounds on the block. Sophomore, Reagan York, got after it as she drew fouls and contributed five points to Fannin’s score for the night, all being from foul shots. Natalie Thomas earned four points for the Rebels for the night, but ended the first half with a three point shot to put the Lady Rebels ahead 34-25.
Fannin did a great job passing the ball around the key in the first half. They were able to drive the defense in as they passed the ball outside to get open shots. However, to start the second half, the Rebels tried a different approach. Fannin started playing fast as they would get ahead of the Eagles and have great passes up the court to drive in for layups. Mackenzie Johnson showed off her speed as she beat everyone up the court to score a layup for Fannin. Prisila Bautista followed the trend as she had grit on defense to get the ball back and ended up contributing 6 points to the Rebels score. With Fannin’s drives, they were able to extend their lead 51-34 to end the third quarter.
Senior, Saidee Collins continued her great night from the block as she added 4 points to Fannin’s score for the night. Paige Forsman followed Collins’ lead as the drew fouls from the post and added a foul shot to the Rebel’s score. Jenna Young had a great night for Fannin as she earned steals and put the ball into action. With Fannin’s new method of scoring earning them more points, Hiwassee continued to throw inside to their posts to score. As the clock ran out, the Lady Rebels found themselves with a 70-47 victory over the Lady Eagles.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 2-1. Catch the Lady Rebel’s next game tonight at 6 at Fannin County High School as they take on Pickens in the second day of the Thanksgiving Tournament.
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.
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!
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.
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 Henderson, for being FYN’s player of the week. Henderson is a senior at Fannin County High School where she starts as a post and has played basketball for the school the past four years.
Not only does the senior play basketball, she is also an honor student who dual enrolls in college. Henderson also participated in track and field for the high school her freshman and sophomore year. The athlete was awarded for her hard work ethic and great attitude her junior year with the Sabrina Gibson award.
Henderson’s plans after graduation is to attend the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Her hope for the future is to go into the medical field and become a neonatal nurse.
This past Friday, the East Hall Lady Vikings traveled to Fannin County High School for the Lady Rebels senior night. The Vikings were looking to redeem themselves from their previous 67-65 loss to Fannin in double over time.
Lady Rebel seniors, Emily Beavers, Reagan Henderson, and Maleah Stepp, all went in to start off their last home game. Beavers was solid downlow where she played scrappy on defense and kept the Vikings from driving the lane. Henderson was an asset to the team as she contributed four points for the Rebels from the block. Stepp led Fannin in scoring for the night with ten points. The teams were neck and neck as the Rebels closed out the first quarter with a 9-5 lead.
The intensity was still alive at the start of the second quarter as the lead went from team to team. East Hall started to make it harder for Fannin to get to the basket as they put a full court press into action. Becca Ledford sped past the defense as she drove the lane and added six points to Fannin’s score. The Lady Vikings started making outside shots and tied the game 16-16 with a made three pointer. Morgan Holt was quick to respond as she made a layup and put the Rebels ahead 18-16. Holt hustled all night as she rushed back to block shots on defense and pulled up for jump shots on offense to contribute nine points to Fannin’s score. The Rebels began to foul the Vikings which resulted in made free throws, putting East Hall ahead 21-19 to go into halftime.
The Lady Vikings started to step up their game at the beginning of the third quarter. As East Hall put up more shots and advanced their score, they also began to foul. Rebel posts, Saidee Collins and Olivia Sisson, earned rebounds on the block where they also drew fouls. Both posts added one point to Fannin’s score from the free throw line while Sisson added a shot from the block to contribute three points to the Rebels score. Fannin started to fall behind as East Hall advanced their lead with a score of 32-22 to end the third quarter.
East Hall kept adding to their score as the Rebels got into foul trouble. Lady Rebels, Abby Ledford and Mackenzie Johnson, got after it and found themselves with four fouls in the fourth quarter. As time on the clock ran out, the Lady Rebel seniors were announced as they made their way off the court for the underclassmen to take their places. Despite Fannin’s fight, East Hall claimed a 52-33 victory.
When asking head coach Ryan Chastain about this year’s seniors, he stated, “This group of seniors have been really important in changing the culture of this basketball program. It is my first year here and I preached all summer about how important it was to have a family atmosphere. I told them from the beginning that we were going to be a family; whether they were in ninth grade to twelfth grade. I believe our seniors really exceeded in that challenge and took the underclassmen under their wings to make them feel part of the team. I think that is really outside of their contributions on the court; that’s the legacy that they are going to leave. They’re the first group to bring everybody in and make them feel included. We have actually heard a lot of people talking about their connections tonight and telling that story. In my mind, that is the biggest mark they have left on our program here.”
Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 6-17 and their region record at 3-7. Catch the Lady Rebels next game this upcoming Friday at 7pm as they travel to take on Greater Atlanta Christian.
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.
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.
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.
This past Tuesday, the Fannin County Lady Rebels traveled to Cherokee Bluff to take on the Lady Bears for the second time this season. Fannin defeated Cherokee Bluff the first time they played each other with a 41-27 victory.
The Lady Rebels started off with an early lead over the Bears to begin the first quarter. Junior, Morgan Holt, led Fannin in scoring for the night with fourteen points. Fannin played a solid defense where they kept Cherokee Bluff from their basket the first four minutes of the game. The Bears managed to get into a groove as they made a three point shot to claim a 5-4 lead over Fannin. The Lady Rebels added a foul shot to their score as the Bears extended their lead to 13-5 to end the first quarter.
The Rebels started to make a comeback as they worked together to score points. Senior, Maleah Stepp, drove the basket and claimed back Fannin’s lead with a score of 15-14. Cherokee Bluff did a great job moving the defense around to create open shots Becca Ledford showed off her speed as she pushed through the defense and contributed eight points to the Rebels score. Fannin went into halftime with a score of 23-20 with the Bears trailing right behind them.
After halftime, the Bears started to adjust their defense by switching to a zone. Fannin had great looks inside to their posts to score more points. Reagan Henderson was aggressive on the block for Fannin where she contributed five points. Cherokee Bluff managed to pull ahead of Fannin 34-33 until Saidee Collins made a shot downlow and put Fannin ahead 35-34. Collins was aggressive downlow where she added four points to Fannin’s score overall. The Bears continued to fight as they drew a foul after making a shot, putting them ahead 37-35. Cherokee Bluff extended their lead 42-37 to go into the fourth quarter.
Abby Ledford was an asset to the game with her ball handling skills that led her to scoring seven points overall. Ledford had great looks inside to Olivia Sisson who pushed through the defense and added four points to Fannin’s score. Although Fannin played with great intensity, Cherokee Bluff was able to end the game with a 60-48 victory. The Lady Rebels loss put their overall record at 6-16 and their region record at 3-7. Catch the Rebels next home game tonight as they take on East Hall at 7pm for senior night!
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.
This past Friday, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians traveled to Fannin County High School to take on the Rebels. Lumpkin was looking for redemption from the first time they played Fannin and were stripped of their undefeated record.
Both teams were neck and neck the whole quarter. They each showed tremendous hustle and never let up. Sophomore, Abby Ledford, led Fannin in scoring for the night with twenty-three points. When the Indians made a foul shot and tied up the game 8-8, Ledford made a three point shot to for Fannin to take an 11-8 lead. Freshman, Reagan York, followed the trend where she added a three point shot of her own. Emily Beavers drew a foul from on the block where she contributed one point to Fannin’s score. Each team continued to add to their score and the Rebels closed out the first quarter with a 17-11 lead over the Indians.
Senior, Maleah Stepp, had outside shots for the night where she added seven points to Fannin’s score. Stepp also had great passes inside to Reagan Henderson who contributed four points to the Rebels score. Olivia Sisson was an asset on the block where she pushed through the defense and added two points to the Rebels score. As Fannin rebounded and put them back up for shots, Lumpkin drove the lane for baskets.The Indians were catching up at the end of the second as they trailed Fannin 28-20.
Lumpkin stepped up their game to start off the third quarter. The Lady Indians managed to catch up to Fannin and take a 36-35 lead with a layup. Saidee Collins was able to tie up the game 36-36 with a made foul shot from the free throw line. Prisila Bautista drew a foul where she made a free throw shot and claimed a 37-36 lead over Lumpkin. The Lady Indians responded to Fannin where they drew a foul and made a shot to tie up the game 37-37 to close out the third quarter.
The Indians started off the fourth quarter with a made three point shot to take a 40-37 lead over Fannin. Henderson rebounded the ball downlow and put it back up for a shot to put Fannin only one point behind Lumpkin. The Indians continued to extend their lead until Morgan Holt had a made shot on the block from a rebound to tie it up 44-44. Holt hustled the whole game and contributed eight points to Fannin’s score for the night. Lumpkin drew a foul towards the end of the quarter where they went two for two on the free throw line and and put the score at 46-44. With only a few seconds left, Holt pulled up for a jump shot to tie the game at 46-46 and put the game into overtime.
To start off the four minute quarter, the Indians once again won the ball at tip off. Right when they got the ball, they wasted no time to drive it to their basket for a layup to claim a 48-46 lead. Ledford drew a foul when driving to the basket and put the score at 48-47. Lumpkin got the ball back and continued to extend their lead as they held Fannin. Ledford shot her last three for the night to put Fannin behind the Indians 55-50 to end the game. Fannin’s loss put their overall score at 6-15 and their region record at 3-6. Catch the Lady Rebels next game on Tuesday at 6pm as they travel to Cherokee Bluff.
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!