Girls basketball: Late run pushes Fairborn past Sidney 47-40


Sidney cuts deficit to three points in final minute

By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Sidney’s Alina Kindle, right, dribbles with pressure from Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec in the first half of a game on Wednesday Baker Middle School in Fairborn. Oktavec led Fairborn with a game-high 23 points and Kindle led the Yellow Jackets with 15.

Sidney’s Alina Kindle, right, dribbles with pressure from Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec in the first half of a game on Wednesday Baker Middle School in Fairborn. Oktavec led Fairborn with a game-high 23 points and Kindle led the Yellow Jackets with 15.


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FAIRBORN — A quick scoring burst to start the fourth quarter was just enough of a momentum shift for Fairborn to claim a 47-40 win over Sidney at Baker Middle School.

Clinging to a 32-28 lead to start the final quarter, Fairborn’s Jodee Austin missed a shot, grabbed the rebound, missed again and was fouled hard while going for the ball by Sidney’s Carrie Nuss barely 30 seconds into the fourth. Nuss was called for the foul and was whistled with a technical foul on the play, and fouled out of the game as a result.

Austin hit one of two free throw tries for the foul, then Evelyn Oktavec drained both of her tries as a result of the technical to put the Skyhawks out in front 35-28.

Chloe Johnson then made it a nine-point lead on Fairborn’s ensuing possession with a score from inside to give the Skyhawks (5-9, 4-4 GWOC American South) the only nine-point cushion by either team.

“Sidney came to play,” Fairborn coach Billy Harchick said. “They played hard. I didn’t think our defense was where it needed to be, but we got that nine-point lead and I think that turned the tables for us. Momentum started coming in our favor.”

The Yellow Jackets (2-12, 2-6 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North) narrowed the lead down to three points with 19.1 seconds left on a Carly Dean free throw, but Fairborn’s Khala Powell iced the win by hitting a pair of free throws with 16.7 ticks left. She then stole the inbounds pass and scored to give the Skyawks the final 47-40 margin.

Dean finished with 12 points for Sidney, while Alina Kindle led the Yellow Jackets with a 15-point performance.

Powell scored eight of her 10 points in the final quarter, and was a big help when the team’s leading scorer — Oktavec — fouled out of the contest with 1:55 left to play. Powell was the only Fairborn player to score from that point in the game on.

“She was battling either a back injury or a neck injury after a charge that she took earlier in the game, so we kinda rotated her out and in to make sure she was okay,” Harchick explained. “Losing Evelyn down the stretch was tough, but we had other players step up. We were due for a team effort and got one tonight.

“Hopefully, we can build on this win.”

Harchick liked Johnson’s rebounding play and said Cassidy Mustard and Ashley Dagnan both came in and played strong in key situations for Fairborn.

“That’s what we needed to come out of here with a victory,” he said.

Oktavec finished with a game-high 23 points, well above her team leading 15 point average. Powell was above her 8.5 points-per-game average, finishing with her 10, while Mustard, Dagnan, Austin and Johnson combined for 14 points.

Sidney travels to Stebbins on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. game.

Sidney’s Alina Kindle, right, dribbles with pressure from Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec in the first half of a game on Wednesday Baker Middle School in Fairborn. Oktavec led Fairborn with a game-high 23 points and Kindle led the Yellow Jackets with 15.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/01/web1_EOktavecS15_PS-1.jpgSidney’s Alina Kindle, right, dribbles with pressure from Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec in the first half of a game on Wednesday Baker Middle School in Fairborn. Oktavec led Fairborn with a game-high 23 points and Kindle led the Yellow Jackets with 15. John Bombatch | AIM Media Midwest
Sidney cuts deficit to three points in final minute

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com

John Bombatch is the sports editor of the Fairborn Daily Herald. Contact Bombatch at (937) 372-4444, ext. 2123.

John Bombatch is the sports editor of the Fairborn Daily Herald. Contact Bombatch at (937) 372-4444, ext. 2123.