Saturday, March 10, 2001

Fairy tale ends for Fayetteville

Rockets fall 82-46 in district title game

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DAYTON — Fayetteville's magic ride came to an abrupt ending Friday at the University of Dayton Arena.

        Sparked by 59 percent shooting, Botkins easily beat the Rockets 82-46 in the Division IV district championship game.

        After finishing the regular season with a 1-19 record, Fayetteville defeated Williamsburg, Harmony Community and Seven Hills to claim the sectional championship and a spot in the district tournament.

        “No one expected us to be here. I'm extremely happy with the team,” Fayetteville coach Mike Call said. “It's hard to beat a team that shoots that well (30-for-51). Our kids played their hearts out and never quit.”

        Botkins went on a 12-0 run to break away in the first quarter. Another run (9-0) in the second quarter catapulted the Trojans into a 38-24 halftime advantage.

        Keegan Maloney kept Fayetteville in the contest, scoring 13 of the Rockets' 16 points in the second quarter

        “We were only down 14 at halftime and didn't play well,” Call said. “I thought we could come back, but they came out and turned up the heat in the third quarter.”

        Guarding against overconfidence was a big concern for Botkins coach Doug Hughes.

        “I told the kids if they can't get up for a game at UD Arena with 6,000 people in attendance, there was nothing I could do,” Hughes said. “We expected to play Cincinnati Hills Christian (Academy) and wasted a lot of trips to Cincinnati to watch them.”

        Hughes said his team had one of its best shooting nights of the season, but also praised his team's defense.

        “We took several starters out early and told them if they didn't want to play defense, they could sit on the bench,” Hughes said. “They came back and played well.”

        This was Fayetteville's first appearance in a district championship game.

        Botkins advances to Friday's Division IV regional semifinals at Miami University's Millett Hall, against Marion Local, a 55-30 victor over Minster in the Wapakoneta district championship game.

        FAYETTEVILLE (46) — Carlier 2-8 0-0 4, Cook 3-4 0-0 8, Iles 3-9 5-8 11, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Murray 2-4 0-0 4, Maloney 5-11 0-0 13, Rosselot 0-2 0-0 0, Pertuset 1-6 0-0 2, Byrd 1-1 0-1 2, White 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 18-52 5-9 46.

        BOTKINS (82) -- Meyer 2-3 1-2 6, Monnin 3-10 4-8 11, Grieves 8-11 2-6 18, Rogers 1-2 2-2 4, Meyer 5-13 1-2 12, Herring 6-6 0-1 12, Paul 1-11-4 4, Hurley 0-1 0-0 0, Koenig 3-3 0-0 6, Smith 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 30-51 18-36 82.

        Fayetteville ....... 8 16 12 10—46

        Botkins ....... 19 19 24 20—82

        3-pointers: F 5-14 (Cook 2, Maloney 3. B 4-11 (J. Meyer, Monnin, L. Meyer, Paul). Rebounds: F 30 (Cook 5, Iles 4, Nurray 5, White 3). B 35 (Grieves 8, Monnin 6, L. Meyer 5). Turnovers: F 20, B 16. Assists: F 3, B 16 Steals: F 5, B 11. Records: Fayetteville 4-20,

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