Then there were none! Quitman High fell to Fairview 57-51 in the regional round of the 2020-21 LHSAA boys state basketball playoffs this past Tuesday night. The loss eliminated the #11 ranked Wolverines who was the last remaining school alive from Jackson Parish in the “Marsh Madness” tourney and ended their season with a 17-7 record in head coach Mike Black’s first season at the helm.
The loss was hard to swallow as the visiting and lower ranked Wolverines outplayed the 6th ranked Panthers from Allen Parish. Quitman won or tied three of the four quarters played, made more baskets (22-19) and held a 38-28 advantage in rebounds but the outcome of the contest boiled down to a simple principle of mathematics – three is more than two. Of the 57 shots Fairview attempted, 39 were from behind the three point line. Conversely, Quitman only took nine shots from behind the arc. The result was a 12-1 advantage in made trey’s which proved to be the difference in the game as several were canned in the first quarter that allowed Fairview to get out to a 19-7 lead.
The loss overshadowed good performances by Joshua Smith and Cooper Williams in what turned out to be their final roundball game of their high school career. Smith ended his career with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds while Cooper led the team in scoring with 17 points. Blake Carter scored seven and the trio of Ty Simonell, john Pabaya and fellow outgoing senior Ethan Everett chipped in with four apiece. Logan Ponder had three and L.D Manning two to round out the scoring. Fairview was led by Tinks and Strother who had 23 and 22 points respectively.
|#11 Quitman (17-7)||7||13||15||16||51|
|#6 Fairview (19-8)||19||11||15||12||57|
QHS scoring: Williams 17, Smith 10, Carter 7, Simonelli 4, Pabaya 4, Everitt 4, Ponder 3, Manning 2
FHS scoring: Tinks 23, Strother 22, LeJevne 7, Goods 5