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Missed FTs downfall of Lady Flyers

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

WESTWOOD, Ky. — Moral victories still aren’t victories. But St. Joseph Lady Flyers’ coach Bart Burcham will gladly take the effort.
St. Joseph didn’t shoot free throws well and fell behind by 10 points in the second half but still managed to get back in position to win the game before losing 41-37 to the Fairview Lady Eagles on Saturday.
“The girls showed so much composure but just came up a little short. It’s frustrating because you want to win every game, but they keep improving and a lot of good things are coming for these girls. I was so proud of their effort today,” said Burcham.
The Lady Flyers — wo lost 58-30 early in the year to Fairview — were only 12-of-28 from the foul line.
“We missed 16 free throws and that hurt, but we still had our chances,” said Burcham.
Emma Whaley scored five points and Kaitlyn Sheridan hit a trifecta as St. Joseph took a 12-6 first quarter lead.
St. Joseph scored only two points in the second quarter but still trailed just 18-14 at intermission.
Josie Nelson scored five points and Gracie Crisp hit a 3-pointer and also had five points in the quarter for Fairview.
Kassidie Moore had four points and Kierra Loving three as the Lady Eagles went up 31-25 after three quarters.
Bella Whaley scored six points, Kaitlyn Sheridan three and Emilee Blankenship was 2-for-2 at the line in the quarter for St. Joseph.
The Lady Flyers outscored Fairview 12-10 in the fourth quarter as Faith Mahlmeister and Kaitlyn Sheridan got four points each, but St. Joseph converted just 4-of-13 free throws.
Crisp had five points and she and Moore each had a 3-pointer with Jordan Meeks adding a basket for Fairview.
Kaitlyn Sheridan had 10 points and a pair of rebounds for the Lady Flyers who grabbed 30 rebounds as a team.
Bella Whaley had eight points and 10 rebounds, Emma Whaley got seven points, Blankenship seven rebounds and Mahlmeister six boards and six points.
Crisp had 14 points while Nelson and Moore got seven each for Fairview (7-11) who was 8-of-12 at the foul line.
St. Joseph plays at Covenant on Monday and Rock Hill on Wednesday.
St. Joseph 12 2 11 12 = 37
Fairview 6 12 13 10 = 41
ST. JOSEPH (7-8): Kaitlyn Sheridan 2 1 3-5 10, Faith Mahlmeister 2 0 2-8 6, Emilee Blankenship 0 0 2-2 2, Bella Whaley 3 0 4-7 8, Emma Whaley 3 0 1-6 7, Laiken Unger 1 0 0-0 2, Chloe Sheridan 0 0 0-0 0, Lydia Sheridan 0 0 0-0 0, Kerri Jenkins 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 1 12-28 37. Rebounds: 30 (B. Whaley 10, Blankenship 7, Mahlmeister 6). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.
FAIRVIEW (7-11): Gracie Crisp 1 2 6-6 14, Rachel Hanshaw 1 0 0-0 2, Taylor Hamilton 2 0 0-1 4, Josie Nelson 3 0 1-2 7, Jordan Meeks 2 0 0-0 4, Kassidie Moore 2 1 0-0 7, Kierra Loving 1 0 2-3 3. Totals: 12 3 8-12 41. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Hanshaw.