The Fannin County Rebels, hosted the Lovett Lions, on Tuesday, February 23rd in the 1st Round of the GHSA Girls AA State Playoffs. The Lady Rebels entered the game 19-4 and 12-0 in Region 7AA. Head Coach Ryan Chastain’s Lady Rebels defeated Chattooga At Chattoooga 68-39 last Thursday to capture the region crown and earn the #1 Seed in Region 7.
Lovett entered the game as the #4 Seed out of Region 6 with an 11-12 record. Lovett entered the State Playoffs battle tested playing non region opponent’s in Gainesville, Denmark, Blessed Trinity to go along with their tough region opponents in Pace, Washington and Columbia.
The Lady Rebels were introduced with the lights being dimmed and a spotlight on the starters Abby Ledford, Becca Ledford, Olivia Sisson, Mackenzie Johnson and Regan York.
Lovett scored the 1st 4 Points of the night. The Lady Rebels would go on a 18-0 Run. Regan York scored the 1st 9 points of the night for Fannin by drilling 3- Three Pointers on back to back to back trips down the floor. Mackenzie Johnson played stellar defense with a steal and Becca Ledford would later score her 1st 2 points on the night off a steal of her own. Prisila Bautista checked in and immediately caused a turnover leading to another Becca Ledford Basket. Freshmen Courtney Davis would hit her 1st Three of the night to extend the lead to 16-4. Paige Foresman would have a nice offensive rebound that led to 2 points. Bautista would add a Three and Fannin ended the quarter leading 21-11.
Oliva Sisson would pull down several rebounds and score the first 4 points of the quarter. The first bucket was on a nice assist by Mackenzie Johnson. Abby Ledford would join the Rebel 3 Point Party as she scored her First 3 points of the night. The Lady Rebels would go on to hit 12- 3 Point shots on the night. Paige Foresman pulled up and nailed a Three Point Shot of her own and on the next trip down the floor Courtney Davis hit another Three Point Shot. Natalie Thomas provided great defense in the quarter along with Jenna Young. Thomas would have a nice assist to Davis also in the quarter. Fannin would end the half leading 38-17.
Becca Ledford would add 7 points , Abby Ledford would have 2 Three Pointers in the quarter. Natalie Thomas would add 2 points that saw the Rebels start to taste victory.
Mackenzie Johnson would have another great assist to Oliva Sisson to start the Quarter. Sisson would add a free throw later in the quarter. Courtney Davis would add 3 more points, Ava Queen scored 2 Points and Bautista added a free throw for all the Lady Rebel Scoring in the 4th. Regan ONeal and Riley Reeves 2 young players who have a bright future with the program also saw playing time in a State Playoff Game. Fannin County would defeat Lovett 65-47 to advance to the Sweet 16
Sweet 16 Vs Heard County
Fannin County will host Heard County on Friday Feb 26th 6pm at Fannin County High School with a spot in the elite 8 on the line.