FAIRMONT, W.Va.- On Saturday December 23rd, the Lady Falcons entered the contest against Fairmont Senior on a four game winning streak defeating Petersburg 73-39, Keyser 72-40, Allegany 59-57, and Ft. Hill 77-43 to give them an overall season record of 5-3. While the Lady Falcons have been red hot as of late, the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears boasted an impressive streak of their own winning six games in a row.
In fact, the Lady Polar Bears were undefeated on the season owning a 6-0 record and ranking No. 3 in Class AA before their clash with Frankfort on Saturday. Not long after tipoff it was apparent the Lady Polar Bears did their homework on Frankfort because they implemented a defensive strategy to force the ball out of Falcon PG Abby Beeman’s hands. In general, as soon as Abby crossed halfcourt Fairmont Senior had two defenders in her face forcing her to get rid of the ball before she was able to call a play and setup the offense. Also it was clear the officiating throughout the contest would allow for Fairmont Senior to play a more physical style of basketball compared to the tight officiating often seen around Mineral County and Cumberland. Shortly after tipoff the Falcons appeared to be caught off guard by the physical play especially near the glass and in the paint. The first half was controlled by Fairmont Senior as they led 19-13 after the first quarter and 39-22 at halftime. Frankfort outscored the Lady Polar Bears 17-14 in the 3rd quarter but the lead was still in favor of Fairmont Sr. 53-39. In the 4th quarter the Lady Polar Bears iced the victory by sinking their free throws to win the game 73-56.
The key to victory for the Lady Polar Bears was their ability to pull down rebounds. Fairmont Senior only shot 36% from the field, but their ability to own the glass provided their offense with many second chance opportunities throughout the game. In fact, Frankfort finished the game shooting 51% from the field, but only tallied 21 total rebounds compared to Fairmont Senior which finished the game with 45 rebounds. Statistically for the Falcons Makenna Douthitt was on fire from the field hitting 9 of 11 including a pair of 3’s to finish the game with 22 total points. Abby Beeman was able to put up 13 points and dished out 9 assists for the Falcons.
Macie Miller had 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Kylee McGuire had 4 points, and Claire Howell had 3 points and 3 rebounds.
Next up for Frankfort (5-4) is an away game at Petersburg on Wednesday January 3rd with tipoff scheduled for 7:00PM.