Tyler Yearwood came as close as could be to a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Fairview shook off a bit of the holiday blues with a 51-42 road win over Oneonta on Friday night.
The Aggies’ sixth victory of the season pushed the Purple and Gold to 3-1 in area play with two games — Locust Fork and St. Clair County — remaining on their area schedule. The Saints are responsible for Fairview’s lone area loss.
It took the Aggies a quarter to get warmed up Friday, but once it did, the Redskins realistically didn’t stand a chance. Fairview used a 14-4 second stanza to turn an 8-5 first-quarter deficit into a 19-12 advantage by halftime and scored 32 points over the last 16 minutes to seal the deal.
“It was a good team win,” first-year Purple and Gold coach Kurt Knight said. “We did a good job on defense and rebounded well. Offensively, we gap and split and moved the ball better.”
Yearwood’s 16-point performance was aided by a 6-of-9 clip from the field and 4-of-6 mark from the free-throw line.
Chance Hill was true on a trio of treys to match teammate Ethan Widner’s nine-point total.
Other Fairview contributors were Elijah Garrison, eight points, five rebounds and five assists; Devan Parker, seven points; and Hunter Brewer, two points.
Oneonta was paced by Avery Reid, 15 points, and Hunter Musso, 10.
The Aggies will host county-rival West Point Tuesday and Locust Fork Friday.
% Oneonta 70, Fairview 29: Destiny Elliott imposed her will with 24 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in an easy area win for the top-ranked Redskins (Class 4A).
The Lady Aggies only trailed 26-16 after the first frame but were outscored 18-5 in each of the ensuing two quarters.
Eighth-grade wonder Taylor Ann Yeager was the Purple and Gold’s high scorer with eight points. Sarah Harper was hot on Yeager’s tail with seven.
Other Fairview contributors were Kayla Aleman, six points; Kennedy Trimble and Lizzie Garrison, three apiece; and Abby Taylor, two.
Junior Varsity Boys
% Fairview 43, Oneonta 32: Austin Fletcher scored 15 points, and Austin Harris had nine in the Aggies’ first win of the New Year.
Other Purple and Gold contributors included Akil Parham, six points; Caleb Chambers, five; Seth Lancaster, four; and Kyle Knop and Austin Scott, two each.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.