This past Saturday, the Adairsville Tigers traveled to take on the Fannin Rebels to play their last games of the tournament at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. Both teams were coming from devastatingly close losses the day before with the Rebels losing to the Bobcats by four and Adairsville losing to Christian Heritage by one. Each team came ready to walk away with the third place trophy.
Starting off the game, Adairsville relied on outside shots while the Rebels relied on inside passes. This allowed Rebel post, Joel Kinser, to contribute four points for his team. Other posts for Fannin, Nathaniel Garrison and Ryan Beavers, also added onto the score down low. Garrsion scored three points while Beavers put two more on the board for the Rebels. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 12-11 with Adairsville in the lead.
With the second quarter starting, Adairsville found a new way to do most of their damage. The Tigers started to see opportunities for wide open layups and took them. Rebel, Chandler Kendall, led Fannin in scoring with eight points. Another Rebel, Payton Holt, was right behind Kendall with seven points. The Adairsville Tigers wrapped up the second quarter with a five point lead over the Rebels with a score of 29-24.
With the Tigers high pressure defense it made it hard for the Rebels to get to the basket, but not impossible. Rebel, Joe Satchell, scored five points for Fannin with his determination to score. Cohutta Hyde added two points on the board for the Rebels with his endless hustle. As soon as Jack Gobble saw the slightest slack in the Tiger’s defense, he made an outside shot, contributing two more points for the Rebels. The Tigers extended their lead over the Rebels at the end of the third quarter with the score at 41-33.
As soon as the fourth quarter began, the Rebels score strayed farther and farther from the Tigers. This is when Gabe Buchanan and Jalen Ingram came off the bench to play. The underclassmen each scored two points for the Rebels by putting their all into the game. The Fannin Rebels were unable to catch up the the Adairsville Tigers who ran away with a 56-37 win, putting them in third place of the tournament
After the game, the awards for All Tournament Players were handed out. The Fannin Rebels selected for this were Ryan Beavers, Payton Holt, and Chandler Kendall.
When asking Rebel head coach Scott Eggleston his thoughts on his teams overall performance, he stated, “Offensively, we got better. We have struggled all year scoring. During this tournament we have shot three’s better, we’ve shot at a higher field goal percentage, everyone is feeling more confident about shooting the ball, and we’ve played overall good defense.”
Coach Eggleston then shared players whose performances really stuck out to him with the FYN sports team. “Joe satchell started to shoot the ball well and got after it on defense. Chandler Kendall and Payton Holt came out of their slumps and started to shoot the ball well. Ryan Beavers played excellent. He really hit the boards well and scored a lot of points for us. Those four had a really good weekend. Joel Kinser is back from his concussion and he played well on the block and so did Nathaniel Garrison. We had some players with not as much experience come off the bench and play well. The main guys we have been relying on have really improved from before Christmas and we are excited for the next half of the year.”
Fannin’s loss to Adairsville puts their overall record at 3-12 while the Tigers stand at 6-7. Catch the Rebels next game on January 5 at 8:30 as they take on GAC at home!
The Lady Bobcats traveled to Fannin County High School this past Thursday where they were matched up to take on the Lady Colts for day one of the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. The Colts were striving to continue their winning streak of two games prior to the matchup at Fannin County while the Bobcats were determined to knock them off their high horse and redeem themselves from a seven point loss to Union just a few nights before.
The Lady Colts did not waste any time. The first chance they got on defense, they went into a full court press. Despite the Lady Colts high pressure defense, the Lady Bobcats broke the press with no trouble. Gilmer had amazing looks up the court and found many opportunities for wide open shots. Bobcat, Emma Callihan, broke through the full court press and led her team in scoring by putting twenty-three points on the board. Lady Colt, Lily Snyder, led Coahulla Creek in scoring with twenty points overall. Number ten for the Bobcats, Marylee Callihan, was right behind her teammate in scoring with nineteen points thanks to her ankle-breaking moves under the basket. The Lady Bobcats had a three point lead over the Lady Colts at the end of the first quarter with a score of 16-13.
With the Lady Colts behind, they decided to try what was working for the Lady Bobcats. Coahulla Creek started looking up the court for open passes where they added onto their score. Bobcat, Faith Ralston, starting driving the lane and contributed two points for Gilmer. The Bobcats defense came alive towards the end of the quarter which resulted in Mallory Kiser getting steals and putting seventeen points on the board. Lady Colt, Mallory Poe, makes a three point buzzer beater shot at the end of the second quarter. Poe’s shot made the score 35-29 with Gilmer still in the lead.
Since the Lady Bobcats tried to keep their lead just as hard as the Lady Colts tried to take it away from them, both teams started fouling. Bobcat, MichaMichaela Staley, drew fouls and made one of her shots which contributed one point for Gilmer. Another Lady Bobcat, Hope Colweu, contributed two points for her team from foul shots due to her grit down low. As the third quarter came to an end, the Lady Bobcats kept their lead over the Lady Colts with a score of 54-42.
As the fourth quarter began, the Lady Colts found what was missing in their defense. Coahulla Creek’s intensity came alive by making steals left and right. With the Colts making adjustments, the Bobcats had to do the same if they wanted to keep their lead. Gilmer started to have good looks and passes on the inside where they extended their lead. The ball would be on the Lady Colts side of the court one second, then on the Lady Bobcats the other. Despite the Colts burst of energy at the end, they could not gallop to victory. The Gilmer Lady Bobcats won the game with a score of 77-67 over the Coahulla Creek Lady Colts.
The Lady Bobcats win puts their overall record at 7-5 with the Lady Colts standing at 5-6. Catch the Gilmer Lady Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 7:00 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
This past Thursday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats took on the Coahulla Creek Colts at Fannin County High School. Both teams were battling to redeem themselves from their lost games prior to the matchup at Fannin County. The Colts did not come to “horse around”, they put their all into the game and the Bobcats did the same.
During the first quarter of the game, Gilmer relied heavily on inside passes for shots under the basket which was how they scored the majority of their points. This allowed Bobcat, Kell Weaver, to be the main man inside throughout the game and lead Gilmer in scoring with twenty-five points. The Colts did most of their scoring from the outside thanks to their point guard, Maddox Adams. Adams led his team in scoring with twenty-eight points overall. Although the teams had different methods of scoring, it didn’t mean that one was better than the other. As the buzzer sounds for the first quarter to end, the Gilmer Bobcats and Coahulla Creek Colts were tied with a score of 14-14.
Both teams were fighting for the lead as soon as the second quarter began. The Bobcats gained more confidence in their shooting and started making outside shots. Bobcat, Tyler Sims, contributed twenty points for Gilmer with his outside shots. Another Bobcat, David Smith, followed the trend by scoring a three point shot for his team. Bobcat number two, Carter Hice, started driving the lane and put eight more points on the board. Gilmer took the lead over the Colts after the second quarter with a score of 30-24.
With the Colts making fakes left and right, Gilmer also found an opportunity for more points. The Bobcats had the determination to look up the court and see the open lane as a perfect chance for layups. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, had the speed to make the layups and contribute six points for Gilmer. Another Bobcat, Austin Daman, contributed four more points to put on the board for his team. Gilmer doubled their lead over the Colts at the end of the third quarter with a score of 46-34.
Although the Colts lead strayed farther from the Bobcats, they were not giving up. Both teams started getting after it on defense and drawing fouls. Towards the end of the game, Gilmer started driving the defense inside, leaving teammates on the outside open where they would score more points. The Colts proved to have outstanding determination and hustle by going after loose balls and getting steals on defense. However, it was not enough for them to trot away with a win. Being the last game of the night, the Gilmer Bobcats closed out the first day of the tournament with a 66-54 win over the Coahulla Creek Colts.
The Bobcats win puts their overall record at 4-8 while the Colts stand at 3-7. Catch the Gilmer Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
On Friday, Dec 15, The Fannin County Lady Rebels hosted the Towns County Indians and looking to bounce back after a tough loss the night prior at Dawson County. They also suffered a similar loss on the road earlier in the week at North Hall (Gainesville).
“The snow days definitely affected our girls’ conditioning and focus,” said Fannin Lady Rebels’ head coach Suzianne Pass when asked about the 53-27 North Hall loss. “We didn’t play our best and when you’re playing a team like [North Hall] you have to be at your very best.”
Just one week before falling to North Hall, the Lady Rebels opened region play against rival Union County. The Lady Panthers were able to escape Fannin County High School with a 2-point victory, giving Fannin their first loss in region play. After falling to North Hall and then Dawson County, the season that started so well has begun to take a turn in the wrong direction.
“Dawson County was probably the best team we’ve faced all year,” Suzianne Pass answered when asked about their tough schedule. “Pickens (who was undefeated at the time of our interview) was really good, too, though; and so was North Hall.”
Pickens, North Hall, Dawson County and Union have a combined record of 20-6, with two of those losses coming from favorites to win the state championship in their respective classes.
As the Lady Rebels prepared to regroup this week, coach Pass shed light on some of the positives coming out of their strength of schedule.
“Our girls have come a long way this season,” Pass shared. “They’re beginning to understand the role they each play on the court. I’ve had some heart-to-heart conversations and they know what they have to do. They want to do it.”
As far as the depth chart goes, there was optimism in that area as well.
“We just got one of our experienced players back from injury, and we’ve been waiting on one of our girls who hurt herself early in the year. She should be back soon, hopefully the first of the year.”
When Towns County came to Fannin, the Lady Rebels were motivated and hungry for a win. Towns County showed great tenacity and played hard, but the Rebels would not be denied.
The Lady Rebels led 25-12 at halftime, 44-24 at the end of the third. They would maintain the 20 point lead they held over the Lady Indians as they went on to score a huge victory 53-33.
Hope Franklin led the Lady Rebels offense with 15 points in the game, due mostly to her ability to get in the paint and pull rebounds out of the air at will. Franklin was an unstoppable force under the bucket.
If Franklin was Batman, Makenzie McClure would have to be Robin.
McClure shared Franklin’s desire for rebounds and the two worked better together than peanut butter and jelly. All jokes aside, McClure had a great game, scoring 9 points in the win and earning some big praise from the head coach.
“Makenzie is playing better and better, game after game this year,” Pass told TeamFYNSports. “Maleah Stepp played really well, too, and she hit a big 3 [point basket] in the first quarter when Towns was playing us pretty close.
Stepp finished with 9 points in the win as well.
Maddie Johnson, who could be seen streaking from one end of the floor to the other, was the key ball handler for the Lady Rebels. She took the point and set up the offense and pushed the ball up and down the floor at an urgent, but controlled pace throughout the game. She scored only 3 points offensively, but her performance outweighs the scorebook 10-to-1.
The Lady Rebels (5-4, 0-3) head to White County (7-4, 0-1) and then return to the road Friday afternoon to play Hayesville (NC) before breaking for the Christmas holiday.
“I looked at the schedule this week and thought, why did I schedule us two away games right before Christmas?” Pass said with a chuckle. She went on to explain the fear of her girls’ conditioning and the upcoming Holiday tournament.
“They’re in great shape this time of year but if they were to take this whole week off they would have a tough time playing a three day tournament next week.”
TeamFYNSports looks forward to continuing to cover the Fannin County Lady Rebels as their season progresses. Follow us on twitter @TeamFYNSports and on facebook at www.facebook.com/teamfynsports for all of your local North Georgia sports coverage.
The Fannin County Lady Rebels (4-3, 0-2) varsity has put up some great numbers this season, but Mother Nature and the North Hall Lady Trojans had other plans Tuesday night in Gainesville, Ga. Despite school being closed due to dangerous road conditions, the teams decided to load up and give it their best.
Suzianne Pass, head coach for the varsity girls, shared her frustration with TeamFYNSports after the loss.
“We did not play up to our potential,” Pass explained. “We struggled and did not play well. Missing days of school did not help anything at the game. Hopefully we will get back on track today and tomorrow and play better at Dawson.”
Pass was sure to share the good with the bad, however, and gave credit to her players who stepped up in the loss, as well as others who have been going above and beyond so far this year.
“Maleah Stepp hit 3 threes for us [at North Hall],” Pass told TeamFYNSports, “and Makenzie McClure played very well.”
The head coach went on to share some more positives that have come out of her team’s hard work this season.
“Over the last few games we have had different players step up and be big for us. Savada Collins, Maddie Johnson have played well in the guard position. Maddie is a true leader for our team and she gets better each day. Hope Franklin has been our go-to kid inside. She is a huge asset to our team. Bailey Whitener, Kyla Seabolt and Mackenzie Johnson have come off the bench and played well also. Morgan Patton and Morgan Holt will hopefully return by the end of December.”
Patton is out with ankle injury and Holt is still recovering from an ACL (knee) injury.
Last but surely not least, Pass shared that one of her players returned to the action and will certainly be one worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. “We were lucky to have Reagan Henderson back for last night’s game,” Pass shared. “She came off the bench and played hard. She makes herself known when she is on the floor. We have missed her.”
Catch Henderson and company this Friday night when the Lady Rebels commute to Dawson County High School and look to put up their fifth winning performance of the season, their first in region play (AAA-7).