Fairland claims key OVC win over Chesy

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2004

CHESAPEAKE - Fairland coach Nathan Speed was happy with a key Ohio Valley Conference win, but he didn't want to celebrate long.

Speed was all business after the Lady Dragons edged the Chesapeake Lady Panthers 32-29 in overtime Monday in a game for first place in the OVC.

"That's a big win, but we have to stay calm and refocus because it's going to be just as tough Thursday and Saturday," Speed said.

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Fairland has two key games upcoming


at Rock Hill Thursday and at home Saturday against South Point, which is one game back in the league standings. Fairland is 10-6 overall and 6-1 in the OVC. South Point is 5-2 in the conference.

Chesapeake fell to 8-9 overall and virtually dropped out of the OVC race at 4-3.

"We had our chances and that's all you can ask for. We just didn't make our shots. It's been the same old story all season," Chesapeake coach Chad Belville said. "Defensively, we did enough to win the game. But you have to give their kids a lot of credit for knocking down the shots when they needed them."

Kristen Berry scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Fairland. Brianna Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds while Kara Riley grabbed nine rebounds, Megan Fisher had five assists, and Jodie Waugh got five steals.

Lisa Perry got 13 points and Candace Dickerson had 10 points for Chesapeake.

"Going down there we knew it would be a tough place to play," Speed said. "We just tried to do what we do, played hard and, if they beat us, don't let them say they did it because they played harder than we did.

"Both teams played hard and both played excellent defense."

Fisher and Berry scored three each as Fairland led 10-8. Perry scored five for Chesapeake.

Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter and it was 18-16. Chesapeake rallied to take a 21-20 lead after three quarters.

Chesapeake led 26-20 with two minutes to play in regulation. Berry converted a three-point play. After the Lady Panthers missed a layup, Fairland tied the game to force the overtime.

Chesapeake missed the front end of a one-and-one with a second left.

"Berry's play gave us the confidence again," Speed said.

Davis had four points in overtime as Fairland outscored Chesapeake 6-3.

Perry fired up a 3-pointer from halfcourt that rimmed out in an attempt to tie the game and force a second overtime.



FAIRLAND (10-6), 6-1):

Brianna Davis 3 1 3-5 12, Megan Fisher 1 0 1-6 3, Jodie Waugh 0 0 0-0 0, Kara Riley 0 0 2-4 2, Kristen Berry 4 0 7-11 15, Kacie Lydell 0 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Legg 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-52 (1-10)


32. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 39 (Berry 11, Riley 9, Davis 7). Assists: 7 (Fisher 5). Steals: 9 (Waugh 5). Turnovers: 11. Blocked shots: Fisher, Davis. Charges taken: Berry.

CHESAPEAKE (8-9, 4-3):

Candace Dickerson 3 1 1-2 10, Lisa Perry 3 2


13, Brittany Boyle 0 0 1-2 1, Noelle Wood 0 0 0-0 0, Alysson Baise 1 0 0-0 2, Joy Mayenchein 0 1 0-0 3, Joanna Delimpo 0 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Rice 0 0 0-0 0, Sara Rucker 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-46



29. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Delimpo. Turnovers 17.