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Dragons beat Panthers, 75-42

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- Most teams that had gone 42-1 in their last 43 regular season games would continue to do what got them there.

Fairland, though, changed its approach on defense Thursday night and the result was a 75-42 victory over arch-rival Chesapeake in Ohio Valley Conference girls high school basketball at the Carl Ward Center.

"After the Boyd County loss, we talked about that teams were bringing their game to us," Fairland coach Jon Buchanan said. "Our goal now is to take the game to them."

That meant a fast-paced offense and an aggressive, pressure defense. Both worked and complemented one another well. Fairland forced 33 turnovers and scored off 26 of them. Kelsey Riley and Taylor Perry made four steals apiece and scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Terra Stapleton scored a game-high16 points, including the 1,000th of her career on a bank shot off an assist from Riley at 6:27 of the third quarter.

"It's very special," said Stapleton, a 6-foot-4 senior. "It took a lot of hard work. I couldn't do it without my teammates. If this game was one-on-five, we'd get nowhere."

The Panthers (3-1 overall, 0-1 OVC) played hard, but struggled against the Dragons defense. Fairland's pressure helped turn a 4-2 margin into a 21-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. Chesapeake turned the ball over 10 times in the second quarter and fell behind 41-21 at halftime.

"We played great defense," said Stapleton, who had nine rebounds and two blocked shots. "That might be the best defense we've ever played. Caitlin Stone was a maniac and Taylor Perry was, too."

When everyone plays so great, we're hard to beat."

Fairland (3-1, 1-0) forced 12 more turnovers in the third quarter in extending its lead to 69-31, tying its largest of the game.

The Dragons used multiple scoring runs to break away, including a 12-0 streak in the second quarter to turn a 23-13 lead into a 35-13 cushion. A pair of 10-0 streaks in the third quarter turned a comfortable lead into a rout.

Buchanan said he was pleased with how his players responded to the change in philosophy.

"They bought into it," Buchanan said. "I was really glad to see that. It's not just effective, it's fun to watch."

The change allowed Fairland to spread its scoring. Chandler Fulks scored 13 points. Perry and Mackenzie Riley scored 12 apiece. Kelsey Riley scored 10, backing Stapleton's 16. Five double-figure scorers shoedw that Fairland is more than just Stapleton, a Michigan signee. Fairland used every player on its roster and 10 scored.

"It's a tiring way to play," Buchanan said. "It showed we can go to that level of our depth and not lose a lot."

Kaylee Curry led the Panthers with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jordan Porter scored 11 points.

CHESAPEAKE 8 13 10 11 -- 42: Porter 3-5 0-0 5-6 11, Mills 3-7 1-3 0-0 7, Rice 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Huff 3-8 0-2 0-0 6, Ka. Curry 6-12 2-4 0-0 14, Martin 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Spaulding 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Walsh 0-4 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-35 3-9 5-6 42.

FAIRLAND 21 20 18 6 -- 75: Stapleton 8-12 0-0 0-0 12, Christian 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Staten 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Manns 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Dickess 0-3 0-0 0-0 0,C. Fulks 5-8 1-1 2-2 13, M. Riley 5-8 0-0 2-3 12, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Warnock 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, K. Riley 5-7 0-0 0-0 10, Stone 0-7 0-2 2-3 2, Perry 4-5 2-2 2-2 12, Huff 0-3 0-1 0-0 0, J. Fulks 2-5 0-0 0-2 4. Totals: 32-73 3-7 8-12 75.

Rebounds: Chesapeake 28 (Ka. Curry 10), Fairland 29 (Stapleton 9). Team rebounds: Chesapeake 10, Fairland 2.Deaball rebounds: Chesapeake 1, Fairland 2. Turnovers: Chesapeake 33, Fairland 13. Blocked shots: Chesapeake 2 (Porter, Ka. Curry), Fairland 2 (Stapleton 2). Steals: C 5 (Spaulding 3), Fairland 19 (K. Riley 4, Perry 4.). Fouls: Chesapeake Chesapeake 11, Fairland 7. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

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