Swanton took advantage of Fayette’s cold-shooting night to beat the Eagles 50-32 in a non-league girls basketball game Monday night at the Eagle’s Nest in Fayette.
The Bulldogs forced Fayette into 21 turnovers, plus the Eagles struggled through a 10 of 50 night shooting the basketball.
“We’ll take every win we’re going to get this year,” admitted Swanton coach Eric Oakes. “Today, we hit some threes to keep that lead out there.”
Fayette hung around, and it wasn’t until a 9-2 run in the final period that Swanton had a comfortable lead. Most of the damage was done at the free throw line, where the Bulldogs made 6 of 12 shots in the run.
Kara Truckor had a big triple in the middle of the run on a kickout from Bridget Harlett.
“That came at a big time,” mentioned the Swanton coach.
Fayette’s trouble shooting the ball lasted all night, but they managed to stay in the game most of the night. Down as many as 15 in the third period, they fought off an 0 of 10 start to the second half to get back in the game. Dakota Blosser and Addisyn Bentley closed the period with buckets to make the score 37-26 heading into the final period.
“It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t get anything to fall,” stated Fayette coach Tim Moor. “The positive was that we got any look we wanted. We got some good looks from three and got the ball down low.”
The Eagles made just five shots in the first half, but did enough at the charity stripe to stay within striking distance. Trista Fruchey, who led Fayette with 13 points in the loss, was 4 of 6 at the line in the period, plus made both field goals for the Eagles as they pulled within 26-21 with 2:29 left in the half.
“I was really proud of the way we hustled,” stated Moor. “Credit Swanton, they kept pressing the issue.”
Neither team closed the half strong. Swanton’s Morgan Pine scored with 1:41 left to close first half scoring.
Swanton also committed 19 turnovers and finished 18 of 51 from the floor. The Bulldogs also won the rebounding battle 48-43.
“The girls did a great job,” Oakes said of the defensive effort of his Bulldogs. “We went to a diamond (press) for the first time all year. Morgan Pine did a nice job on the boards and Ashlynn Waddell got in there.”
Averie Lutz knocked down three triples in the game and led Swanton with 15 points. Harlett added 11.
Swanton (2-2) hosts Evergreen Thursday. The Bulldogs also have a schedule change. The game at Springfield on Saturday, Dec. 15 has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Fayette followed that with a game Tuesday at Edon in the Buckeye Border Conference and the Eagles fell 44-35.
The Eagles trailed 29-16 at the half and attempted to cut into the lead, but could only get it to single digits by the end of the contest.
Fayette (1-3, 1-1 BBC) hosts Montpelier Friday in BBC play.
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