BY JAMES BEASLEY
Copiah Academy’s Emily Fahner scored 20 points, including all 11 of CA’s 1st quarter total, to lead the Lady Colonels past the Bowling Green Lady Bucs 43-32 in Gallman last Friday.
Fahner’s 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the score 11-11 after the first period. Copiah trailed 20-17 at halftime, and fell behind by as many as 7 points in the third quarter. But Caroline Beach was fouled while making a 3-pointer and sank the free throw, completing a 4-point play that pulled CA within one, 27-26. Fahner’s basket 30 seconds later gave the Lady Colonels a lead they never relinquished.
Madelon Cline sank a pair of free throws and hit a 3-pointer early in the final quarter, increasing Copiah’s margin to 9 points. From that point, the Lady Colonels were never threatened.
In addition to Fahner, other CA totals included Beach with 8 points, Cline with 7 points, Ashley Baham with 4 points, and Amanda Pyron and Rachel Strait with 2 points apiece.
Copiah 67, Silliman 49
Copiah Academy outscored the Silliman Institute Lady Wildcats 38-25 in the second half en route to a 67-49 win at the Lady Colonels’ last home game of the season. CA finished the regular season with a record of 18-11 and faces Columbia Academy at the District Tournament in Brookhaven this Friday.
CA led 29-24 at halftime, went up by 7 after Caroline Beach’s trey in the third period, and forged ahead 43-32 heading into the final stanza. The Lady Wildcats, with only six players, cut the margin to 5 points, but Copiah’s Ashley Baham drained consecutive 3’s to increase the lead to 52-41 midway through the fourth quarter. Beach’s trey with 2:35 left iced the game as CA won going away.
The Lady Colonels had 3 players in double figures: Amanda Pyron with a game-high 16 points, Emily Fahner with 13 points, and Ashley Baham with 11 points. Other CA totals included Madelon Cline with 8 points, Caroline Beach and Rachel Strait with 6 points each, 9th-grader Courtney Pyron with 3 points, and Lori Baham and Brooke Wilson with 2 points apiece.
Bowling Green 61, Copiah 41
The Copiah Academy boys gave undefeated Bowling Green, 26-0, a run for its money before the Bucs pulled away in the final quarter for a 61-41 victory in Gallman last Friday night.
The Colonels trailed by only three, 13-10, after one quarter and were tied 19-19 with less than two minutes remaining in the half. From that point, Bowling Green went on an 8-2 run and led 27-22 lead at intermission.
The Bucs increased their margin to ten, 38-28, in the third period, and outscored the Colonels 23-13 over the final eight minutes.
Hunter Greer led Copiah with 12 points, while teammate Scotty Reese was close behind with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Other CA scorers included Reece Hankins with 5 points, Matthew Wright with 5 points and 4 assists, Clay Price with 4 points, and Ben Boone and Brandon Smith with 3 points each.
Copiah 65, Silliman 49
Hunter Greer scored 29 points in his final varsity game at Copiah Academy to lead the Colonels to a 65-49 victory over the Silliman Institute Wildcats last Saturday. CA completed the regular season with an 8-15 record and faced Prentiss Christian on Monday, February 4, in the District Tournament at Brookhaven Academy.
Greer’s 9 points in the first quarter gave CA a 12-9 lead. The Colonels increased their halftime margin to double digits, 28-17, and led 45-35 heading into the fourth quarter. Greer scored 12 points over the last 8 minutes as Copiah pulled away for the non-conference win.
In addition to Greer, CA was led by Scotty Reese, who scored 23 points. Clay Price and Reece Hankins added 8 and 5 points, respectively, to complete the Copiah scoring.