FHS girls top M. Plains


Fairbanks’ Emily Wilson is fouled while going up for a shot Saturday afternoon against Madison Plains. Wilson scored 17 during FHS’ 43-15 victory.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
Fairbanks’ girls basketball team rebounded from Thursday’s loss to Greenon in a big way on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Panthers upped their overall record to 4-8 and their Ohio Heritage Conference mark to 3-5 with an easy 43-15 victory over Madison Plains.
Emily Wilson made sure the Golden Eagles would not be much of a challenge for the Panthers. She scored 10 of her game-high 17 points during the opening period and helped send FHS into the ensuing quarter with a 19-3 lead.
More than five minutes elapsed in the game before the visitors scored their first point on a free throw.
The Eagles did not hit their initial field goal until Sari Powell scored right before the buzzer.
Madison Plains’ offense struggled just as much during the second set as numerous possessions ended in turnovers.
The Lady Panthers’ point production also went a little cold.
Megan Olson scored off a steal, but Fairbanks (which will travel to Horizon Science on Tuesday) went several minutes without another point.
A basket from Sam Picklesimer ended the drought and Fairbanks went into the turn with a 28-7 lead.
The teams continued that pace during the third quarter as the Lady Panthers took a 37-11 margin into the final eight minutes of action.
Coach Brock Oakes acknowledged that the victory was good after a lopsided 66-21 loss at Greenon two days before.
“It was good to see Emily get back in the scoring book, especially after coming off an illness,” he said. “Joelle (Ziegler) played in only her fourth game of the season because of a knee problem and it was good to get her back.”
Senior Audrey Brackenridge will be sidelined for another week with a wrist injury.
Classmate Logan Stidham is scheduled to see her first action of the campaign on Tuesday after an extended absence.
“It will be good to get some of these girls back in the lineup,” said Oakes. “That way, we won’t have to play as many JV girls in varsity games.”
Wilson 6-2-17, Writesel 3-0-7, Olson 3-0-6, Wanamaker 2-1-6, Kugel 1-1-3, Picklesimer 1-0-2, Miller 1-0-2, Rausch 0-0-0, Ziegler 0-0-0, Rowland 0-0-0, Bouic 0-0-0, Walls 0-0-0. Totals 17-4-43.
Three-point goals: Wilson 3, Wrightsel 1, Wanamaker 1.
Madison Plains
K. Powell 2-1-6, Kerrigan-Kelly 1-1-3, Hoffman 1-0-2, Call 1-0-2, S. Powell 1-0-2, Pence 0-0-0, Teri 0-0-0. Totals 6-2-15.
Three-point goal: K. Powell 1.

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