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Eagles, Patterson claim first victories

Eagles, Patterson claim first victories

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ROANOKE — Veteran players Mya Blizzrd, Jaedyn Jamison and Alexis Carter combined for 47 points Monday to lead Franklin County’s girls varsity basketball team to its first win of the 2019-2020 campaign — a 59-32 non-district victory over Hidden Valley.

Blizzard, Jamison and Carter are juniors for the Eagles (1-2), who stopped a four-game losing streak dating to last year with the triumph.

Blizzard, a second-year varsity player, netted a game-best 24 points, while Carter, a third-year varsity performer, tallied 13 and Jamison, a third-year varsity campaigner, scored 10.

Also, the victory is the first for new Eagles head coach LeBryan Patterson.

FCHS took control of the contest in the second half by outscoring Hidden Valley (0-4) 33-9; the Eagles won the third period 19-5 and captured the final frame 14-4.

The Eagles led 12-8 after the opening quarter. The Titans rallied in the second stanza, edging the Eagles 15-14 to pull to within three points, 26-23, at intermission.

Leilani Pickens led the Titans with 12 points and five other players scored, none of whom finished in double figures.

Hidden Valley hit three 3-point field goals.

Also scoring for the Eagles were Taylor Janney with six points, Kariyia Pickens with three, Kameron Copeland with two and Ashlin Hicks with one.

Pickens and Janney each swished a 3-pointer.

The Eagles return to action today at Bassett. The non-district game tips off a 7 p.m.

JAYVEES WIN: FCHS defeated Hidden Valley 41-25 in a non-district girls junior varsity basketball contest Monday.

The Eagles’ victory is their first this season and it’s the first win for new head coach Olivia Flournoy.

FCHS (1-2) returns to action today at Bassett.

Tip off is 5:30 p.m.

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