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Lady Polar Bears defeat Lady Bearcats, 59-44

Posted: Monday, Jan 7th, 2013

A PEP TALK! Grafton High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Tom Spadafore gives instructions to his team during a break in the action of last Friday’s game against Fairmont West here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym. The Lady Polar Bears went on to defeat the Lady Bearcats, 59-44.

GRAFTON -- The visiting Fairmont West Lady Polar Bears topped the Grafton Lady Bearcats, 59-33, here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym last Friday night during a Big Ten Conference girls’ basketball match-up.

This contest was played on a fairly even keel in the early minutes, as Emily Stoller made a free-throw shot to give the Lady Polar Bears a 1-0 lead. Then, Hannah Griffith stepped up to the other free-throw line and went two-for-two to place the Lady Bearcats into a 2-1 advantage.

Fairmont West’s Gabi Tenney and Kelsey Marrone flipped in back-to-back field goals to place the visitors into a 5-2 lead, until Kari Fawcett buried a three-point shot for the hostesses to create a 5-5 tie.

Grafton broke that tie on a steal, which turned into a lay-up by Fawcett at the 4:41 mark of the first period to give the Lady Bearcats a 7-5 lead.

Some trading of free throws -- one by Stoller for the guests, and one apiece for the home team’s duo of Shawna Graham and Fawcett -- hiked the score up to 9-6 in favor of the Lady Bearcats.

The Lady Polar Bears went on a 10-0 scoring spree to claim a 16-9 lead. But, the Lady Bearcats scored the final four points of the opening quarter on field goals from two freshmen -- first Tessa Clark, and then Griffith -- to create a 16-13 score.

After the second stanza featured a trading of points, which saw the Lady Bearcats eek out a 12-11 advantage, the Lady Polar Bears wound up taking a 27-25 lead into the half-time intermission.

For the complete article see the 01-07-2013 issue.

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