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Fairland girls stay unbeaten

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE -- The defensive intensity of the Fairland girls basketball team set the tone Thursday night, as the Dragons walked away with a 55-30 win over rival Chesapeake.

The Panthers (9-6) turned the ball over 15 times in the first half alone, which allowed Fairland (11-0) to get out in transition and build a large lead, while holding Chesapeake to just two baskets in the first half.

Chesapeake's guards were struggling for most of the game getting the ball in bounds and up court against the Dragons' pressure defense.

"Chesapeake does a really good job of getting to the foul line, they average about 20 foul shots a game," said Fairland head coach Jon Buchanan. "We felt like if we pressured their guards we could take some of the onus off of our (forwards) and turn them over a couple of times, or maybe get them to take a bad shot and we get a rebound and get out and run.

"We got turnovers, we got long rebounds, we got steals and we got layups so our defensive pressure, really over the past four or five games and what you saw tonight, is really where it needs to be."

When the Dragons did set up in a half-court offense, 6-foot-4 center Terra Stapleton was able to post up and score with ease, finishing with 13 points.

"She's probably, in my estimation, the most game-planned kid in Southern Ohio," Buchanan said. "We kind of make a joke of 'Ok, what kind of defense are we going to see tonight?' She does a good job of playing through that and staying aggressive."

Despite the lopsided victory, Buchanan still sees room for improvement, saying the Dragons are missing some easy shots. He also got on a few players during the game for passing up scoring opportunities.

"We scored 55 tonight, when really we should have scored 80," he said. "Our players do a good job of understanding that we need to get our six-four kid a first look, but if you're open from 15 feet or you've got a lane to drive the ball you've got to take it."

Stapleton led the Dragons in scoring, followed by Makenzie Riley, who had 11. Jordan Porter paced the Panthers with 9.

CHESAPEAKE 2 2 8 22 -- 30: Porter 9, Mayo 6, Spaulding 2, Kearns 3, Bennett 2, Martin 2, Hall 2, White 2, Ke. Curry 2.

FAIRLAND 14 15 16 10 -- 55: Stapleton 13, M. Riley 11, Woodall 8, Dickess 3, C. Fulks 5, Chaffin 2, K. Riley 2, Stone 3, Perry 3, J. Fulks 5.