Carly Lehman of Fairbanks hits a jumper during a game from earlier this season. She tallied 18 points on Wednesday during a victory over Cedarville. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
A stout defensive effort during the fourth quarter led to victory for the Fairbanks girls basketball team on Wednesday.
The Lady Panthers kept Cedarville off the scoreboard during the final stanza.
That led to FHS’ 39-27 victory during the Ohio Heritage Conference game.
Fairbanks led, 13-9, after the initial quarter, but trailed 22-18 at the halftime break.
Neither team burned up the scoreboard during the third period as each side registered only five points.
The Lady Panthers (7-4 overall and 4-2 in the OHC) trailed 27-23 as the final quarter got under way.
A 16-0 scoring run led to FHS’ victory.
Shooting was problematic for much of the game for both teams.
Each squad shot an ice-cold 22 percent from the field.
The Lady Panthers, though, sealed the victory at the charity stripe.
Fairbanks hit 13-of-26 from the line, while the Indians hit both of their free throw attempts.
FHS controlled the boards by a 41-31 margin, including 17 offensive boards.
Carly Lehman led the Lady Panthers, who will play at Springfield Catholic Central on Saturday afternoon, with 18 points.
Also putting the ball in the hoop for Fairbanks were Elaina Lahmers-nine, Anna Poling-four, Macy Miller-three, Megan Rausch-two, Lillian Miller-two and Emma Kugel-one.
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