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Sports · December 18, 2013

Basketball wrap: Cougars escape Eagles with 4-pt win

Photos/Fred Tingle
Liberty's Bailey Russell (L) and Hakeem Johnson (R) try to stop Kettle Run senior Danny Mattson's drive to the bucket.
Senior center Eddie Benton's first dunk of the night came just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter....
....His second slam came with 19 seconds left in the game. Benton finished with a game-high 12 points.
Eagles senior Arber Krasniqi scores two of his team-high 11 points with Benton in pursuit.
I didn’t know I could….it just happened.
— Kettle Run center Eddie Benton on his one-handed dunk over an LHS defender
Local Scores
Boys

Kettle Run 41, Liberty, 37
Fauquier 59, Eastern View, 48
Culpeper 65, Brentsville, 35

Girls

Liberty 49, Kettle Run, 39
Eastern View 52, Fauquier, 28
Brentsville 49, Culpeper, 37
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With a 26-13 lead at halftime, Kettle Run’s boys basketball team looked to be en route to a road blowout win over Liberty.

Instead, the Eagles (0-3) gave the Cougars all they could handle. A 17-6 third quarter advantage brought Liberty within two before the final frame.

Kettle Run (4-0) held on to the lead it owned since the 4:38 mark of the second quarter for a 41-37 win.

“Our preparation was not very good,” Coach Troy Washington said.

Washington admitted that Eagles Coach Pat Frazer’s “kids played hard, and we didn’t play a smart ball game.”

The Cougars turned over the ball 20 times in the game. Liberty’s inexperienced squad played with reckless abandon throughout the second half.

“We weren’t necessarily prepared for their trapping,” senior guard Danny Mattson said.

Fellow senior Eddie Benton led the Cougars with 12 points and seven rebounds. He also provided two offensive highlights – a rarity in the sloppy game.

Benton gave Kettle Run a 34-30 lead with the fourth quarter’s first bucket. It was a one-handed dunk over Eagles sophomore Titus Sizemore.

“I’ve never done that before,” Benton said. “I didn’t know I could….it just happened.”

The slam caused the visitor’s bleachers to shake. It didn’t jolt Liberty’s upset bid.

Frazer’s team held strong defensively. They eventually cut the lead to one possession at 38-35 on Arber Krasniqi’s free throw with 1:14 left.

Then, Benton caught a deep lob to break the press. His second rim-rattler was two-handed.

Krasniqi added a layup with 7.5 seconds left to trim the deficit to 40-37. He finished with a team-high 11 points.

On the ensuing possession, the Kosovo-born senior intentionally fouled guard Christian Yancey. He made the second free throw to cap the scoring.

“Obviously, I would rather have had them shooting a one-and-one,” Frazer said. “There’s really nothing you can do.

“I definitely applaud our effort. For us to be competitive and have a shot of doing something, we have to play defense. The second quarter we gave up 18 points, but we kept working and working.”

Kettle Run played without senior star guard Rashawn Latimer for the second consecutive game.

“It’s a personal matter right now and I’m going to leave it at that,” Washington said of his top scorer’s absence.

The coach gave no timetable for Latimer’s return.

Both teams return to action Wednesday. The Eagles host Brooke Point while the Cougars host Manassas Park.

Wednesday’s games will tip at 7:30 p.m.


Kettle Run 41, Liberty, 37































1 2 3 4 Final


Kettle Run (4-0)



8



18



6



9



41



Liberty (0-3)



7



6



17



7



37









Big second half lifts Falcons over Eastern View

Fauquier extended its win streak to three games with a 59-48 road win over the Cyclones on Tuesday.

The Falcons scored only 15 points in the first half. Eastern View (1-3) held a 22-15 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Fauquier (3-1) exploded for 24 points. The Falcons added 20 more in the final frame.

Senior Jay Jay Roberts led the Falcons with 19 points on the night. Elijah Barbour and Jeremiah Blackwell each finished with 15.

Fauquier will host Liberty on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.


Fauquier 59, Eastern View, 48































1 2 3 4 Final


Fauquier (3-1)



8



7



24



20



59



Eastern View (1-3)



14



8



12



14



48








Turner leads Lady Eagles past Kettle Run

Senior guard India Turner scored 19 points and collected seven rebounds in Liberty’s 49-39 road win over the Cougars on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Sophomore guard Ashley Lane added 13 points and Lizzie Berger grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Liberty (2-3) travels to face Fauquier on Friday at 6 p.m. Kettle Run (0-4) plays at Manassas Park on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Wakefield girls get back on track, beat Seton

One day removed from their first loss, the Lady Owls recovered with a 41-29 win over visiting Seton.

Wakefield (5-1) led 16-15 at halftime before a 25-point second half.

Eight Lady Owls reached the scoresheet. Airielle Jenkins led Wakefield with eight points.

The next contest for the Lady Owls is a game against Rhode Island’s Sanchez Complex in the St. Andrews Tournament on Friday.

Wakefield 41, Seton, 29































1 2 3 4 Final


Seton (6-1)



4



11



6



8



29



Wakefield (5-1)



8



8



10



15



41









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