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Foxes fight to the bitter end

In the past two seasons, the Foxes girls’ basketball team (3-7, 7-15) has made tremendous strides towards becoming a formidable foe in the 4A North Conference 22 district. Although Chancellor (65-40) defeated the Foxes in the semi-finals, they can feel proud in knowing that the 2013-2014 season legacy will be remembered as a season filled with success.

The Chargers eventually clobbered Courtland in the championship game, 81-31.

After suffering a number of setbacks, including a heartbreaking buzzer-beating loss to second-seed Courtland, and weather scheduling issues, the Foxes have had a mountain to climb. However, the Foxes, under Butler, have built a solid foundation, featuring young players with the tools to make a difference next season.

 Actually, their most recent tournament win over Eastern View (61-49), is a huge step in the right direction. Thrilled with his team’s effort, Foxes varsity head coach Jeff Butler said, “The Conference 22 tournament was a very positive conclusion to our season. Eastern View had ended our season each of the last two years in the first round of the Battlefield Tournament, so beating them in the Conference 22 quarterfinals was a really good accomplishment for our girls.  Then we went into a hostile environment at Chancellor the very next night with no rest, and put forth an effort that we could be proud of.  Even though we fell short of beating Chancellor, I think the girls were able to learn something about themselves in the conference tournament that bodes well for next year.”

The Foxes will lose Rebecca Leonard, Christian Porter and Kristin Vann to graduation.

Eastern View game
After an early 9-2 Cyclone lead, the Foxes rallied back with scores from Kanysha Reynolds, Jada Saxon, Porter, Megan Montague and Leonard to tie the game at 17-17.

In the second quarter, the Foxes shifted into fourth gear and never looked back. For two and a half minutes, the Foxes shut down the Cyclones’ offense while delivering a 10-0 run. Trailing 27-17, the Cyclones managed to score an additional six points. However, their efforts proved futile, when compared to an onslaught of fast breaks and long 3-pointers, that ended with a 44-23 King George lead at halftime.

The second half was reminiscent of the first, as they used their press to force turnovers that led to fast break outlet scores. Fox forward, McKayla Perrotte, added seven points to the team’s third-quarter efforts.

In spite of an 18-point fourth quarter effort, the Cyclones were not able to pose a serious threat to the Foxes’ eventual 61-49 win.

Leonard Banks
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