CENTERVILLE — Offensive struggles hurt the Fairborn girls as they fell to Centerville’s defensive assault Wednesday night, 65-45. Centerville’s plan was obvious from the tip – control the tempo and try to frustrate Skyhawks’ star, Alexis Gassion.
They applied a full court press almost all game and tried to trap the Indiana-bound senior in the backcourt to get the ball out of her hands. Gassion remained calm under pressure, but was constantly having to call back teammates to try and get the ball across midcourt. Despite Centerville’s D and an overall poor shooting night, Gassion still finished with 24 points.
The Lady ‘Hawks tried to get some ball movement going on their side of the floor, but had trouble passing it fluidly as Centerville poked and grabbed at the ball constantly.
Gassion tried to get her team involved, but sophomore guard, Dominique Redmon, was in foul trouble all night and any player that caught the ball down low was swarmed by defenders.
They had some success going to junior forward, Kayla Patterson, but couldn’t get her the ball enough in the post. She would finish with nine points, including a sweet move where she went around a defender under the basket and kissed the ball off the backboard for a reverse lay-in.
Coming out of the locker room down 35-20, Fairborn tried to slow down the tempo in the second half but had trouble putting the ball in the basket. Gassion missed her first six shots of the half and many other shots for the team just wouldn’t go down.
The deficit reached 20 near the beginning of the fourth quarter and the crowd had accepted the defeat. The Lady Elks pressure caused offensive struggles for their opponents, and they used a balanced attack and hustle to lay it on the Fairborn girls. Three players – Alex Henning, Bethany Krause and Shannon Reilly – each scored 10 points and every player except for one scored for Centerville. Fairborn will look to recover when they face Springboro at home, Saturday, against 1 p.m.