Fairborn con­tin­ues tough sched­ule with win over CJ

Sky­hawks, No. 1 in the area D-I rat­ings, beat tra­di­tional power Ea­gles.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Dave Long Con­tribut­ing Writer

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.

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