GOOD HOPE —
% Fairview 50, Locust Fork 41: With news of a classmate passing away in a car crash reaching the Aggies before Friday’s game, the Purple and Gold exited the locker room with one goal in mind — win one for Lewis Beam.
It wasn’t an easy task for the grief-stricken group of teenaged boys, but, in the end, they found a way to get it done, setting aside the Hornets for the second time this season.
“It was tough for everyone tonight,” Fairview coach Kurt Knight said of the tragic news. “I’m not sure how they played, but the players wanted to leave everything they had on the court in his memory.”
The Aggies were up 10-3 after the first frame, as well as 16-15 and 32-25 at the other quarter breaks.
Senior Elijah Garrison topped a trio of Purple and Gold players in double figures with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ethan Widner and Chance Hill tacked on 10 points apiece, Tyler Yearwood, nine; and Hunter Brewer, three.
Fairview moved to 4-1 in area play with a home game against St. Clair County waiting in the wings next Thursday. The Saints, who also have one area loss, edged the Aggies 58-50 in mid-December.
The Purple and Gold will travel to Dora Monday.
% Locust Fork 59, Fairview 41: Taylor Ann Yeager picked up 17 points and three steals, but the Lady Aggies ultimately came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard in an area clash.
Marlana Johnson piled on nine points and three thefts of her own, while Ashley Latham added six points.
Other contributors for the Purple and Gold were Sarah Harper, Dalys Mullican, Lizzie Garrison and Abby Taylor, all two points; and Desiree Wilhite, one. Harper also pulled down eight rebounds.
Junior varsity boys
% Fairview 40, Locust Fork 32: Austin Harris hauled in 11 points, and Austin Fletcher touted eight in an eight-point win for the Aggies.
Other Purple and Gold contributors were Sid Smith, six points; Akil Parham, five; Kyle Knop and Caleb Chambers, four each; and Austin Scott, two.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.