The Yellow Jackets and Lady Yellow Jackets took care of business last Thursday evening as Fairview defeated Harpeth in both the girls’ game 55-44 and boys’ game 47-32 to earn the sweep over Harpeth.
Kelsey Gossage led all scorers as she scored 20 points while Chloe Lee added 15 of her own. Five total Lady Yellow Jackets scored throughout the game.
Fairview jumped out to an early lead in the first half as they led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter, but a very strong second quarter on defense for Fairview led to some easy buckets as they pushed out their lead to 32-10 at half.
“We played really well in the first half, but we did slack off a little in the second half,” Fairview Lady Yellow Jackets coach Wayne McGowan said. “But overall a win is a win. I think we got a little emotional with it being Coming Home night and we let up at the end.”
Harpeth did have a few small runs in the second half to close the gap, but the Lady Indians had already dug too deep of a hole as Fairview kept its lead at the end of the third 42-25 and held on in the fourth to win 55-44.
The Lady Yellow Jackets move to 12-10 on the season with an impressive 8-2 record in district. Moving forward, coach McGowan really likes what he’s seen out of his team so far.
“We’re doing really well right now, so I’m feeling really confident moving forward into the district tournaments,” McGowan added.
In the boys’ game, both Fairview and Harpeth got off to a bit of a slow start offensively. Coach Trey McCoy wasn’t all too pleased with his team’s offensive output, but he knows that his team is getting healthier and getting better with each night.
“We did have a slow start tonight, but a lot of that has to do with our injuries and illness that we’ve been fighting all year,” McCoy stated. “The silver lining to all of that is younger guys getting a lot of playing time and you saw that come into play tonight. It took us a while to get going, but after we did, we played pretty well.”
Bill Eads is one of those players who is fighting issues with his health, but he still scored in double digits for Fairview as he scored 11. The Yellow Jackets were led by Garrett Wooten with 14 points.
Fairview only scored six points in the first quarter and only eight in the second quarter, but a strong defensive presence and a lot of help from the home crowd, especially the student section, helped Fairview keep a 14-11 lead going into the half.
“I think that crowd absolutely made a difference early, it helped defensively a lot,” McCoy added. “I’d love if we had that kind of crowd every night. It’s fun to play in front of (crowd) and I envy the guys a lot for getting to play in front of that.”
Fairview would get going offensively in the second half, but so did Harpeth. The Yellow Jackets carried a 31-25 lead into the final quarter, but the last eight minutes saw the Yellow Jackets explode. A 16-point fourth quarter pushed Fairview out to a 47-32 win in what was a very emotional night for the Yellow Jackets.
Coach Trey McCoy is ready to see his team get healthy, but he does believe that all the playing time the younger players have accrued will help them down the stretch.
“We just need to find a way to stay consistent,” McCoy said. “It seems like every time we have something good happen, we have an injury or illness follows it. I want to see us put together something consistent, but I still like what I’ve seen out of these guys. We’ve got a lot of younger guys that we didn’t think would be playing earlier in the season, but they’ve come out and give us big minutes. If we can get healthy and play our best basketball during these tournaments at the end of the season, then that’s what matters.”
The Yellow Jackets will move to 14-8 and a 7-3 record in district. A trip to Waverly Central on Friday night will conclude the week for Fairview.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Fairview (55): Kelsey Gossage 20, Chloe Lee 15, Anastasia Bierly 11, Rylie Dillingham 6, Kendall Spicer 3
Harpeth (44): Liza Watson 15, Jessi Knall 12, Lexi Hearn 6, Cara Stuart 6, Allie Bledsoe 2, Autumn Devilling 2, Alyssa Tapia 1
BOYS BOX SCORE
Fairview (47): Garrett Wooten 14, Bill Eads 11, Kennedy Pendergrass 9, Easton Huddleston 7, Ryan Stannard 6
Harpeth (32): Aiden Williams 18, Aaron Bateman 4, Grayson Maddox 3, Luke Gossett 2, Logan Johnston 2, Aaron McWright 2, Grant Patterson 1