Fairborn continues tough schedule with win over CJ
Skyhawks, No. 1 in the area D-I ratings, beat traditional power Eagles.
FAIRBORN — Upgrading the nonconference schedule has been the main goal of Fairborn High School girls basketball coach Steve Hannaford for the past two years.
“With the talent we had coming, I wanted to get the best opponents I could to show these girls could play,” he said.
Fairborn indeed showed it could play Monday, winning at home, 62-49, over Chaminade Julienne — one of the area’s traditional powers.
The Skyhawks, No. 1 in the Dayton Daily News Division I ratings, moved to 6-0. CJ (5-2) is No. 5 in the DDN D-II ratings.
Jaymee Veney, a 6-foot senior center, with 14 points, was one of four Fairborn players in double figures. She also had 10 rebounds and held CJ’s Raytea Long (16 points per game) to 10.
“When I was a freshman and sophomore I never thought we would play program like CJ, which is always good,” she said. “But the last couple of years we’ve played pretty well. So Coach has gotten us tough opponents.
“We took it as a challenge to play well, and I think we did.”
Fairborn’s guard play was strong, with junior Brooklyn Pumroy scoring 13 points and sophomore Alexis Gassion 12. Brianna Breeding added 11 points and eight rebounds.
CJ stayed close in the first half with Emily Michael scoring 11 of her 19 points. It was tied a 23all with 1:49 left in the second quarter before Fairborn went on a 15-2 run in the second and third quarters.
“We had great scoring balance and our defense really got after it the second and third quarters (forcing 15 CJ turnovers),” said Hannaford. “It was a good win for our program. But it doesn’t get any easier.”
Fairborn is at Springboro (4-0, No. 3 in the DDN DI ratings) Wednesday. CJ is at Alter (5-1, No. 2 in the DDN D-II ratings) Wednesday.