GOOD HOPE — Maddie Yeager made a go-ahead layup with less than 10 seconds remaining and added another shortly afterward to propel Fairview past Good Hope 57-54 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Yeager's initial bucket gifted the Lady Aggies (13-8) a 55-54 advantage before Payton Golden notched a key steal just moments later that quickly led to Yeager's second — and decisive — basket.
The flip in momentum followed an earlier 5-0 run by the Lady Raiders (14-7), who claimed a one-point lead after a free throw from Bailey Tetro and back-to-back layups by Heather Tetro and Ivey Maddox.
With the victory, Fairview will now host the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament.
"It was a tight game, and we knew we had to win," Yeager said. "We won as a team. Everyone gave it their all the whole game. We were all so excited to play in this game, because it’s the start of the 'big games.' The last few seconds were low-key stressful, but we knew we had to trust the process and keep cool. After that first shot, Payton did a great job not fouling and getting that steal, which led to two more points. Then we knew we had sealed the deal. We are beyond excited to host area."
Golden registered a team-high 17 points for the Lady Aggies, while Daisy Manasco and Katie Ball each had 12.
Yeager (six), Molly McKelvy (five), Emma Garcia (three) and Isabella McGukin (two) also contributed offensively.
Heather Tetro paced Good Hope with 19 points.
Maddox (15), Cayleigh Garmon (10), Bailey Tetro (six) and Savanna Derrick (four) were next in line.
% Good Hope 71, Fairview 62: The 4A No. 5 Raiders improved to 17-4 following Tuesday night's home victory.
Drew Maddox racked up a team-high 26 points for Good Hope, while Cole Maddox was right behind him with 24.
Eli Phares (10), Michael Lowe (seven), Lawton Farr (two) and Tanner Malin (two) also notched buckets.
The Raiders outscored the Aggies 24-11 in the fourth quarter.
"That was the definition of a grind-it-out win," Good Hope coach Drew Adams said. "We told the guys that if we would continue to grind out second-half stops that eventually good things would happen. Although it was an ugly win, I was as proud of my guys tonight as I've been all year. Fairview is a good basketball team and always difficult to beat."
Fairview (13-7) was paced by Austin Jackson's 23 points.
Owen Yarbrough (nine), Dow Nichols (eight), Austin Turner (seven), Mason Black (six), J.T. White (four), Jack Brown (three) and Sawyer Daniel (two) rounded out the scoring for the Aggies.
Tuesday, January 14
Cold Springs 76, Phillips 56
Micah Calvert: 21 points
Brody Peppers: 15 points
Logan Rice: 12 points
Tanner Kilgo: 12 points
Cullman 69, Decatur 50
Noah Bussman: 23 points
Jayden Sullins: 14 points
Max Gambrill: 13 points
Hanceville 78, Vinemont 67
Raiden Morgan (H): 22 points
Brodie Malcom (H): 20 points
Tyson Bellmon (H): 12 points
Katch Johnson (V): 23 points
Curtis Kennedy (V): 16 points
West Point 92, Lawrence County 90
Kobe Bowers: 26 points
Will Cochran: 22 points
Aubry Cleghorn: 19 points
Tyler White: 13 points
*Cochran hit a game-winning layup with 3 seconds left
Cold Springs 61, Phillips 48
Elizabeth Hill: 37 points
Neely Ellison: 11 points
Toni West: 10 points
Cullman 61, Decatur 24
Anna Katherine Eastman: 19 points
Jaden Winfrey: 12 points
Regan Quattlebaum: 12 points
Hanceville 58, Vinemont 22
Kelly Pickett (H): 22 points
Cassidy Campbell (H): 16 points
Victoria Stanley (H): 10 points
Sadie Stanley (V): 10 points
West Point 64, Lawrence County 46
Miriam Oldacre: 20 points
Lexi Shadix: 12 points
Molly Pendley: 9 points
Monday, January 13
Oneonta 63, Holly Pond 53
Kyler Chaney: 26 points
Levi Boatright: 12 points
Oneonta 49, Holly Pond 33
Kaylee Stallings: 11 points