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FAIRMONT – Paris Bethea and LaKayla Chavis sparked Fairmont to a 16-5 halftime lead en route to a 39-20 victory over West Bladen in the Three Rivers Conference girls basketball opener for both teams.


Bethea led the Lady Tornadoes with 10 points, and Chavis followed with 8 points.


Sophomores Lainey Autry and Makyla Wright threw in first half baskets for the Lady Knights, and teammate Rylee Chadwick sank a free throw.


Wright worked inside for a trio of West Bladen baskets in the 3rd quarter, and Chadwick dropped in a basket and a free throw to trim the Fairmont lead to 24-14.


Chadwick popped in a basket and 2 free throws in the final quarter, and junior Olivia McCarty tossed in a basket.


Wright and Chadwick shared scoring honors for Coach Brian McCleney’s Lady Knights with 8 points each. West Bladen, now 2-1, will host Red Springs on Thursday, January 28th.


West Bladen      3     2     9     6  – 20

Fairmont          12     4     8    15 -39


WB (20) – Lainey Autry 2, Megan Pait, Mallory Bryan, Makayla Wright 8, Rylee Chadwick 8, Brooke Singletary, Hannah Pait, Olivia McCarty 2.


Fairmont (39) – Jakirra White 4, Angelaysha Thompson 2, Paris Bethea 10, LaKayla Chavis 8, Destiny Melvin 4, Secret Davis 6, Myasia Simms 2, Jamia Carmichael 3.

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