BRIENSBURG – The Christian Fellowship Lady Eagles scored a 23-22 victory over Frederick Fraise Saturday night, the first girls varsity basketball victory for the school since 2006, when it last fielded a team.
“That’s a big one,” said Billy Hodge, who coaches both the boys and girls teams at CFS. “It’s been a long time since we got a girls win.”
According to the KHSAA, the last time CFS posted a victory in girls basketball was on Jan. 27, 2006, by a 45-38 score over Evangel Cathedral of Louisville. It was the final victory of an 8-10 season.
Other wins that season included a second victory over Evangel, two wins over Joppa, Ill., and two wins in three games against Portland Christian, plus single wins over Brown and Fulton City.
Frederick Fraise is a small public school in Cloverport, an Ohio River town in Breckenridge County.
In the boys game Saturday, Fraise took an early lead and posted a 68-51 decision, leaving the Eagles looking for their first victory after four losses.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles take on Beth Haven, a private Christian school in Valley Station in suburban Louisville, on Friday. The next action for the Eagles will be in CFS’s Trees N Trends Itty-Bitty Christmas Tournament Dec. 20-21-22.
CFS 23, F. Fraise 22
Freshman Amber Shelley and sixth-grader Emily Bridges teamed up on the two final baskets of the game by coming up with steals against the Lady Aces.
Shelley came up with a theft with a little more than a minute remaining and Bridges was fouled on a layup attempt. She hit both free throws to cut the Fraise lead to 22-21.
On the next possession, Bridges knocked the ball free and came up with it. Seconds later, Shelley knocked down a short jump shot to put CFS in the lead for the first time since the Lady Eagles went up 2-0 on a bank-in by Shelley in the first quarter.
Fraise was unable to get a good shot at the basket in the final 58 seconds and the Lady Eagles celebrated their victory.
Shelley led the victory with seven points. Bridges and Lydia Powell had five points apiece, Sunny Lim 4 and Tristen Sanders two.
Senior forward Allison Brown scored 15 points for the Lady Aces.
The seven-player roster for CFS includes two seniors and a sophomore, along with Shelley, a freshman, and a trio of sixth-graders, including point guard starter Bridges.
“With this group of girls, to be able to get a win is big for them,” Hodge said.
With 4:43 to go, CFS – which got only the opening basket by Shelly in the first two periods – trailed 19-9.
Powell, a 6-0 sophomore center, got the rally going by hitting one of two free throws to make it 19-10. Then after Brown hit one of two free throws to make it 20-10, Powell hit a short jumper to make it 20-12.
Again, Brown answered with a basket to make it 22-12. However, that field goal, at the 3:53 mark would be the last two points for Fraise.
Two baskets by Lim sandwiched a free throw by Shelley and cut the margin to 22-17. Then the tiny Sanders, a 5-foot, 70-pounder, drove the baseline and scored to make it a three-point game.
Fraise called time out with 1:34 remaining, but the scrambling Lady Eagles, who had been frustrated by the Fraise press, turned the tables on their opponents with a helter-skelter pressure of their own, and it paid off in the two key steals.
Fr. Fraise 0 6 16 22
CFS 2 2 9 23
FREDRICK FRAISE: Allison Brown 15, Allie Atwood 3, Jessica Noblet 2, Raven Payton 2, Shelby Fetch, Megan White, Kaylee Nix
CFS: Lydia Powell 5, Sunny Lim 4, Amber Shelley 7, Emily Bridges 5, Tristen Sanders 2, Song Kim, Rachel Howard
F. Fraise 68, CFS 51
A 24-point effort by senior point guard Joe Paul Dean was countered by 22 points from Frederick Fraise sophomore Nick Smith as the Aces got an early head start and never slacked up.
Smith, a slender 6-4, scored the game’s first two baskets to lead a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. Fraise pushed it to 14-7 at the first quarter stop, then expanded the lead to double figures with a three-point play by Bryce Basham in the opening seconds of the second period.
The Aces were not seriously threatened the rest of the way, but a six-point swing two minutes before halftime got the deficit down to 29-22.
Eric Teodozow drove the lane for a basket at 2:04 and a whistle on Fraise’s Kameron Hook for blocking revealed that Hook had not been listed in the scorebook, resulting in a technical foul.
Teodozow missed the free throw, but Dean hit the two technical shots and the Eagles, who retained possession, added two more points when Teodozow was fouled and hit both shots.
That made it 29-22 with 1:57 left before halftime. Then Basham was whistled for charging, but CFS was unable to covert and the Aces led 33-22 at intermission.
The lead grew to a dozen after three periods and reached its zenith in the final margin.
Teodozow added 11 to Dean’s game-high point total. Phil Brown (14), Basham (11) and reserve Aaron Gamble (10) complemented Smith’s effort.
Fr. Fraise 14 33 53 68
CFS 7 22 41 51
FREDRICK FRAISE: Brandon Atwood 7, Bryce Basham 11, Phil Brown 14, Nick Smith 22, Christian Lamar 4, Aaron Gamble 10, Logan Fuqua, Jonah Ledbetter, Jared Nesmith, Joey Willoughby, Chris McCoy, Kameron Hook
CFS: J.P. Dean 24, Eric Teodozow 11, John Robert Ward 7, Sam Dean 3, Andrew Smith 2, Charlie Powell 2, Will Na 2, Daniel Sassaman, Nick Gillespie, Matt Fleming