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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 41, Fairmont 38

FAIRMONT – West Bladen’s Lady Knights outscored Fairmont 14-12 in the final period Friday night to preserve a key 41-38 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory.

The Lady Knights carried a slim 27-26 lead into the final period. Seniors Mikayla Meadows and Seniah Johnson threw in 2 baskets each, and seniors Kasee Singletary and Lexie Corrothers tossed in a basket and a free throw each to keep West on top.

Corrothers led the Lady Knights with 12 points, and Johnson followed with 11 points. Singletary finished with 7 points.

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Johnson sparked West Bladen to an early 11-5 lead with 2 baskets and a free throw. Singletary and Corrothers bombed in 3-point shots in the first quarter.

Paris Bethea keyed a Fairmont second-period rally with 6 points as the Lady Tornadoes sliced the lead to 20-18. Sophmore Hannah Pait worked inside for 2 baskets, Johnson and Jamiyah Melvin-Hall netted baskets, and Singletary made a free throw to keep the Lady Knights ahead.

Corrothers fired in a trio of baskets, and freshman Rylee Chadwick sank a free throw as West Bladen maintained a 27-26 lead at the third quarter break.

Jakirra White topped the Fairmont scoring with 10 points, and Bethea followed with 9 points.

Coach Brian McCleney’s Lady Knights, now 7-1 in the TRC and 9-3 overall, will host Red Springs Tuesday night.

West Bladen   11    9     7    14 – 41
Fairmont          4   14     8    12 – 38

West Bladen (41) – Lainey Autry, Haley George, Kasee Singletary 7, Lexie Corrothers 12, Seniah Johnson 11, Rylee Chadwick 1, Mikayla Meadows 4, Hannah Pait 4, Jamiyah Melvin-Hall 2. 

Fairmont (38) – Paris Bethea 9, Lakayla Chavis 2, Georgianna Waters 7, Amyrikal Vaught 9, Vera McNeil, S. Thompson, Santana Anderson 1, Kaitlyn Hunt, Jakirra White 10.

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