FAIRLAND — Fairland built a double-digit lead the first half, but had to hold on the in the second to take down the Ketchum Warriors 55-47 Tuesday night.
Leading 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Owls turned to Jesse Drosche in the second period to gain a 11-point bulge at the half. Drosche, who led all scorers with 20 points on the night, scored nine of the 17 second period points for the Owls.
A Drosche basket with 1:07 to play in the half capped a 12-2 run for a 31-17 FHS lead.
Fairland gained its largest lead of the night after a Drosche bucket at the six minute mark gave the Owls a 35-20 advantage, but the momentum would shift to the side of the Warriors the rest of the quarter.
Ketchum finished the frame on a 10-2 run to cut the FHS lead to 37-30 heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth, the Warriors closed the gap to within six points three different times, the final gasp with 28 seconds left in the game following a pair of free throws by Jordan Fleming.
But that would be as close as Ketchum would get the rest of the way.
J.C Morrow followed Drosche with 12 points, while Jacob Bryant canned three treys to add nine points to the winning total.
Ketchum was paced by Spencer Brown and Darin Harden, who scored 18 and 13 points, respectively.