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Fannett-Metal Wins Playoff Opener 54-46 Over Shanksville

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Submitted by Paul Coffman

The #3 seeded Tigers (14-9) are moving on in the District Five 1A Playoffs after securing a 54-46 first-round victory over Shanksville. The Tigers will travel to #2 seed Turkeyfoot Valley on Tuesday evening for a semi-final match-up against the Rams.

The host Tigers jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter of play. Seniors Drew Goshorn and Riley Martin scored 5 points each in the quarter, and Landon Arnold scored 4 points to give the Tigers the early lead. The second quarter would be a different story as the Tigers struggled to find their offense; the Vikings would close the gap to 21-20 heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, with the game tied 29-29, the Tigers would go on a 6-0 run to close out the quarter. Daxten Detweiler’s rebound and fast break assist to Evan Wingert started the run. Riley Martin fought for an offensive rebound, got fouled in the process, and drained both free throws. Landon Arnold’s steal at the half court that he converted into a layup finished out the quarter with the Tigers leading 35-29.

Shanksville started the 4th quarter with a three-pointer, got a stop on defense, and scored a layup to close the gap to 35-34, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, junior Broc Hostler came off a double screen and received the pass from Drew Goshorn in the corner to knock down a crucial three-pointer. On the next possession, Evan Wingert found an open Goshorn, who drained another three-pointer to give the Tigers a 41-34 lead. “Those back-to-back three-pointers were game-changing plays that gave us the momentum back and the distance we needed to hold the lead the rest of the way,” said Coach Paul Coffman. The Tiger’s defense, which was solid all night, held the lead while the Vikings were forced to start fouling. The Tigers made enough foul shots to maintain the lead and close out the victory in front of a nice crowd on their home court.

Senior Drew Goshorn led the Tigers in scoring with a game-high 16 points. He added four assists and a pair of steals. Senior Riley Martin had a double-double with 11 points and ten rebounds. Junior Landon Arnold had 12 points, six rebounds, and eight steals. Junior Evan Wingert had 11 points, five rebounds, and a pair of steals. Junior Broc Hostler had 4 points, eight rebounds, and a pair of steals. Senior Daxten Detweiler added four rebounds and an assist.

The Tigers had 36 rebounds, while Shanksville had 24. The Tigers only shot 25 % from the floor, and they were 19 for 30 (63%) from the foul line. The Tigers defense was the story of the game, forcing 26 Vikings turnovers.

F-M will travel to Turkeyfoot Valley on Tuesday evening for a 7:00 start. The winner will play for the District Championship on Friday, March 1st(7:00) at UPJ, while the loser will play in the Consolation Game at UPJ on Friday, March 1st(5:00). The top three advance to the PIAA State Playoffs.

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