(January 30th, 2015) – STRYKER: Making the trip to Stryker, the Fayette Junior Varsity boys stepped onto the Panthers’ home court ready to play.
And it showed, as the Eagles came away with a 41-21 victory.
Fayette pulled away in the first quarter, and never relinquished command of the contest. They built a 13-8 lead over the boys from Stryker. Expanding upon that advantage in the second quarter, the Eagle boys added another 12 points to their total. Styrker continued to struggle, scoring only 6 more points before the half. That put the score at 25-14, in favor of Fayette, as the teams jogged into the locker rooms.
The Panthers just couldn’t find a way to make up ground on their guests from Fulton County. They were outscored in the third quarter, though by the narrow margin of 9-7. In the fourth quarter, the Panthers were unable to make a single basket. Meanwhile, Fayette tacked on another 7 points, earning them a 20 point win.
Turnovers played a critical role in the game. Fayette was able to limit their possession-costing mistakes to 6. Stryker turned the ball over 11 times, which is normally a respectable number. Yet, when one’s opponent has so few turnovers themselves, 11 turnovers becomes a higher number.
Also factoring into the contest’s final decision was free throws. The Eagles made 9 of their 15 extra points. Stryker, on the other hand, went just 1 for 4 from the line. So few attempts typically demonstrates a lack of aggression offensively.
In the win, Grant Reinking, a freshman for the Eagles, led his team with 11 points. Garett Reinking and Casen Burkholder each put up 9 points as well.
For the Panthers, Hayden Clingaman led the way with 6 points. Teammates Zach Spahr, Alex Bost, and Cameron Frey each contributed 3 points in the losing effort.