Macy Wanamaker of Fairbanks (right) wins the rebounding battle against a Bishop Ready opponent Thursday evening. The Lady Panthers fell, 34-22.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
Something had to give Thursday evening when the struggling girls basketball squads from Fairbanks and Columbus Bishop Ready hooked up to do battle on the FHS court.
The Lady Panthers took a 1-5 record into the contest, while the Silver Knights stood at 1-6.
The offensive woes that have plagued Fairbanks for the entire season remained at the forefront as they dropped a 34-22 verdict.
“We didn’t take advantage of some transition situations and didn’t attack the basket until late in the game,” said FHS head coach Landon Fraker. “Their defensive pressure hurt us.”
The Silver Knights went on a 10-0 run to begin the game. Since Fairbanks dropped the contest by a 12-point margin, those first few minutes of the contest were very pivotal in the outcome.
“We need to be ready to play right when we step on the floor,” said Fraker.
FHS, which will travel to Southeastern on Saturday, didn’t score its first points until Bella Rowland hit a basket with 4:10 left to play in the opening period.
Megan Rausch’s bucket later sliced Ready’s advantage to 11-4.
Danielle Brown, however, tallied her eighth and ninth points of the game as the Silver Knights took a 13-4 margin into the second quarter.
Points were difficult to come by for both squads during the first four minutes of the ensuing period.
Joelle Ziegler hit a bucket for FHS at about the four-minute mark.
Abby Grundei, though, sank both ends of the one-and-one to give Bishop Ready a 17-6 advantage.
Both teams came up with empty possessions to finish the first half as the Silver Knights stayed on top by the 11-point advantage.
Derricka Bramwell went strong to the basket twice early in the third period for the visitors.
Her second bucket in that stretch pushed the Knights out to a 23-8 margin.
Rowland connected on a pair of charity tosses with 3:26 on the timer, as FHS finally reached double digits in scoring.
Bramwell, though, used her 5-11 frame to score twice in the low post.
Those offerings sent the Knights into the final eight minutes of action with a 29-12 lead.
Bishop Ready held healthy double-digit margins during the fourth quarter.
Michaela Writesel and Samantha Picklesimer scored on back-to-back possessions to pull the Lady Panthers to within 33-18.
Grundei swapped free throws with Fairbanks’ Molly Olson as the Knights held a 34-19 advantage.
Both teams exchanged empty possessions over the final few minutes.
Ziegler made the score a little more presentable when she swished a three-pointer during the game’s waning seconds.
“We’ve said all season that we have 22 tests this year and this was another one,” said Fraker. “I thought we played better defense as we were able to fight through some screens in their flex offense.
“We’ll look at what we didn’t do so well tonight, work on it in practice and hopefully be better on Saturday.”
Bramwell 7-0-14, Brown 4-1-9, Grundei 1-3-5, Hurd 2-0-4, Marshall 1-0-2, Wolfe 0-0-0, Ruth 0-0-0, Wheatley 0-0-0. Totals 15-4-34.
Writesel 3-0-6, Ziegler 2-0-5, Rowland 1-2-4, Olson 0-3-3, Rausch 1-0-2, Picklesimer 1-0-2, Wanamaker 0-0-0, Kugel 0-0-0, Headings 0-0-0. Totals 8-5-22.
Three-point goal: Ziegler 1.
The FHS jayvees won in overtime, 42-41.
Megan Rausch and Avery Groves each scored 10 for the Jr. Panthers.
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