AFTON – The Lady Eagles exploded for 26 points in the first period – including six 3-pointer – as they cruised to a 65-24 win at home Friday night in Lucky 7 Conference play.
Daylee Osburn and Skyler Hicks combined for 18 of Afton's 26 first-period points – especially from 3-point land. Hick drilled three, while Osburn hit a pair from beyond the arc.
Osburn finished with a game-high 23 markers and five steals, and Hicks tossed in 16.
Fairland had problems moving the ball around as it was all for numerous traveling calls and its shots just wouldn't fall in as the Lady Owls found themselves behind 26-2 after Nikki Dingle hit a jumper for Fairland.
In the second, it was more of the same. Osburn and Hicks each nailed a 3-pointer in Afton's 16-5 run in the second. Both girls finished the night with four 3-point buckets
Chloe Bunce scored three for the Lady Owls in the second as Fairland trailed 42-7 at halfime.
“We played well,” said Afton coach Bobby Shinn. “Defensively, we played a lot bettter than in our first game. We hit shots we should and that was the difference.”
In the third, the Lady Owls did mange to slow down Afton, but the Lady Eagles' margin was too large to overcome. They outscored Afton, 12-9, with Dallia Kirksey and Sarah York hit a 3-pointer each. Carlee Shinn, who finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals, scored six of Afton's points in the third.
In the final stanza, both coach put in the reserves, but the Lady Eagles ended the contest with a 14-5 run.
Dingle led Fairland with seven points and Bunce added five.
From the free-throw line, Afton was 9-of-18, while the Lady Owls were 5-of-14.
“We still have a lot to improve on, but we are making strides in that direction,” Shinn added. “We moved the ball to find the open girls, instead of forcing shots like in the first game.”
Afton boys 72, Fairland 34
Four players scored in double figures as the Eagles routed Fairland, 72-34 in Lucky 7 action.
Mason Williams led Afton with 13. Josh Turley tossed in 12, Cole Hilton hit 11 and Gunner Hudson added 10.
Turley, who got into foul trouble early, started off the game hittng a pair of 3-point baskets to help the Eagle build a 18-7 first-period margin.
“It was a good night for us,” said Afton coach Jimmy Hudson. “When Josh out into foul trouble early, it was great to see others step up and fill the scoring role.”
Thanks to inside scoring by Hilton and Gabe Mustain inside the paint, Afton took a 43-19 lead into intermission.
Mustain finished with nine points.
“Though our defensive pressure, it turned into some good looks on the offensive end,” Hudson said. “I was pleased with the play of Cole and Garrett Gaines off the bench. They really sparked us at both ends of the floor.”
Bryson Cottrell led the Owls with a game-high 18 markers, Tyler Graham had six and Garrett Davis added four, including Fairland's lone 3-point bucket.
Both teams were 7-of-18 from the free-throw line.