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Defense keys Flyers’ win as dad beats son

St. Joseph Flyers’ center Chase Walters (44) muscles his way inside to score two of his game-high 16 points in a 38-35 win over the Fairview Eagles on Tuesday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

Scoreboard: Dad 1, Son 1.
In the second meeting of the season between the father-son coaches Rex Cooksey and Derek Cooksey, dad got some revenge as the St. Joseph Flyers edged the Fairview Eagles 38-35 on Tuesday.
Fairview won 52-46 on Dec. 15, but the Flyers won the slowdown contest and improved to 7-2 on the season.
“I felt we played good defense all night. They’ve scored 95, 73, 78 their last three games. We stepped up in the second half and got some big stops. It was just one of those possession grinder games,” said Rex Cooksey.
Chase Walters scored a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Flyers while Zach Roach added 10 and Isaac Whaley eight.
Joey McDavid had five rebounds and three assists while Clay Willis and Roach had two assists each.
Fairview (5-6) was led by Garrett Greene with 11 points and Preston Ledford with 10.
St. Joseph took a 13-10 first quarter lead as Walters scored five points and both Whaley and Roach hit 3-pointers. Clay Willis had the other basket.
Ledford had four points for the Eagles.
Fairview rallied to take a 25-22 halftime lead as Greene scored nine points including 3-of-3 at the foul line. Terrick Smith hit a 3-pointer and the Eagles were 6-of-11 at the line in the quarter.
Whaley and Roach each hit trifectas again in the second quarter with Walters scoring the other three points.
The Flyers’ defense limited the Eagles to a mere 3-poiner by Ledford in the third quarter as they came back to take a 30-28 lead.
Walters had four points and Roach was 2-for-2 at the line. Willis added a basket.
“We played pretty good defense in the third quarter. McDavid was in foul trouble in the first half but he played well defensively,” said Rex Cooksey.
The Eagles took a lead in the fourth quarter but Roach hit a driving layup and Walters hit back-to-back baskets and Whaley went 2-of-3 from the foul line when the Eagles were forced to foul.
The Flyers were just 14-of-36 from the field for 39 percent, one of their worst shooting efforts of the season.
“Fairview is a good defensive team. They’re long and they have some depth,” said Rex Cooksey.
St. Joseph visits Ohio Valley Christian on Friday.
Fairview    10    15    3    7    =    35
St. Joseph    13    9    8    8    =    38
FAIRVIEW (5-6): Cameron Conley 0 0 2-6 2, Ethan Smithers 2 0 1-2 5, Isaac Campbell 0 0 0-0 0, Preston Ledford 3 1 1-2 10, Garrett Greene 4 0 3-3 11, Noah King 2 0 0-0 4, Zach McGuire 0 0 0-0 0, Terrick Smith 0 1 0-0 3. Totals: 11 2 7-13 35. Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None
ST. JOSEPH (7-2): Isaac Whaley 0 2 2-3 8, Zach Roach 1 2 2-2 10, Clay Willis 2 0 0-0 4, Joey McDavid 0 0 0-1 0, Chase Walters 7 0 2-5 16, Jimmy Mahlmeister 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-36 6-11 38. 3-pt goals: 4-13. Rebounds: 23 (Walters 9, McDavid 5). Assists: 8 (McDavid 3, Willis 2, Roach 2). Steals: 1 (Willis). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.