By JOE SHOUSE

Sports Writer

SHERWOOD - It's never easy winning on the road in the Green Meadows Conference and the Antwerp Lady Archers found that out last Friday when the Fairview Apaches scalped the blue and white 50-35. It was the opening night for GMC play for both teams and after a slow start the Apaches took control midway through the second quarter.

Antwerp had their largest lead early in the contest at 7-2 and still led heading into the second period 13-9 when Astianna Coppes connected on one of two free throws. While the Archers remained stuck on 13 the Apaches reeled off 13 consecutive points to move ahead of Antwerp 22-13. The Archers managed the last four points of the quarter when Alyvia Devore canned two free throws at the 1:05 mark and Tiera Gomez connected on a two-pointer to pull the Archer to within five at the half 22-17.

Unfortunately for the Archers, Fairview came out after halftime and got back-to-back three-pointers from Riley Mealer from the deep corner to propel Fairview on a 15-0 run  and a 20-point margin 37-17. The Archers finally got on the board with 3:30 remaining on a three-pointer from Molly Reinhart.

"I was really please with our first half of play but the start of the third quarter was dreadful. We came out after the break and missed some crucial assignments defensively and gave up some easy baskets," said Antwerp Head Coach Scott McMichael.

The Apaches took complete control in the third frame scoring 17 points and holding Antwerp to just 7. The Archers entered the final eight minutes of play trailing 39-24.

Antwerp made a mini-run to start the quarter with an old fashion three-point play from Heather Oberlin followed by a Gomez bucket to trim the Apache lead to ten at 41-31 with 6:18 remaining. The Archers managed to cut the Fairview lead under ten when Devore dialed in from long distance to move the Archers within nine at 44-35 with 4:24 showing on the clock. The Archers would not score again as the Apache's scored the final six points for the 15-point win.

"We played a good first half and I thought Heather (Oberlin) did a nice job rebounding for us. We have a tough portion of our schedule coming up and if we are going to be successful then we will need to figure out how to get stops defensively and shoot the ball better," McMichael concluded.

The Archers placed senior Karsyn Brumett and junior Heather Oberlin in double-digits with Brumett leading the way with 11 followed by 10 for Oberlin. The Apaches were led by Kiersten Cline who poured in 18 points followed by Riley Mealer with 16 including four 3-pointers.

Antwerp   12    5     7  11  -  35

Fairview      9  13  17  11 -  50

ANTWERP (35)

Karsyn Brumett 2 2 1-3 11, Heather Oberlin 4 0 2-6 10, Alyvia Devore 0 1 2-2 5, Molly Reinhart 0 1 0-0 3, Tiera Gomez 2 0 0-0 4, Astianna Coppes 0 0 2-4 2,  0 1 2-2 5. Totals:  8 4 7-15 35. Three  point field goals: Brumett 2, Devore, M. Reinhart.

FAIRVIEW (50)

Kiersten Cline 7 0 4-5 18, Riley Mealer 1 4 2-4 16, Carrie Zeedyk 2 0 0-0 4, Michelle Marshall 2 0 0-0 4, Kendall Baker 0 1 0-0 3, Karrie Smith 0 0 2-2 2, Olivia Ricica 1 0 0-0 2, Cassie Mavis 0 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13 5 9-13 50. Three point field goals: Mealer 4, Baker.