Sunday, January 15, 2012
BERLIN — Fairmont’s girls basketball team is ranked No. 10 in the state. But on Sunday night, they played like No. 1.
Fairmont handed Canton McKinley a 52-41 defeat at the Classic in the Country tournament late Sunday night, just the second Pups’ loss in the regular season since December of 2009. The Pups also lost last Thursday.
“Our kids were really unselfish. It was a huge team effort,” Fairmont coach Tim Cogan said. “This is great for us and gets us back on the map.”
The Firebirds led 45-24 entering the fourth quarter and enjoyed a significant height advantage. Fairmont has three players that stand 6-foot-2 with sophomores Makayla Waterman, Kathryn Westbeld and Emma Havener. McKinley’s tallest player is 5-10.
Fairmont junior Chelsea Welch held Ameryst Alston, the reigning Ms. Basketball and an Ohio State recruit, to 15 points on 3 of 12 shooting. Alston entered the game averaging 26.
Westbeld led Fairmont offensively with 23 points and added 12 rebounds in an otherwise balanced scoring attack.
On Saturday, McKinley had snapped Princeton’s 41-game regular season winning streak with a 59-53 win. Princeton is ranked No. 3 in the state.Tweet
Vandalia offensive lineman Taylor Decker has decided not to accept a scholarship from Notre Dame, instead giving his verbal commitment to Ohio State and new coach Urban Meyer, according to reports.
Decker gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame in March of 2011. But since then Meyer has added Notre Dame’s offensive line coach (Ed Warinner) and ND’s primary recruiter (Tim Hinton) to the Buckeyes’ staff.
Decker — a 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle — visited Ohio State this weekend.Tweet