HICKS – In a battle of top five teams in Class B, Hicks caught fire from behind the arc against Fairview.
The No. 5 Lady Pirates hit 14 3-pointers in its 85-74 win over No. 3 Fairview Monday night at home.
"I think we were 14-31 from the 3-point line," Hicks head coach Mike Charrier said. "We have been scoring in the 70s, and I like to think that if we Lauren (Quinn) was on the floor, I know she would have been on the boards."
Avery Coffman and Rivers Day each hit five 3s in the win, and Hicks needed a scoring boost with forward Lauren Quinn battling an illness throughout the game.
"I was proud of our teamwork with Lauren being sick," Charrier said. "To score 85 points with Lauren out of the game, for the most part, is a testimony to the girls having to step up throughout the year. It paid off tonight."
Day hit a short a jumper with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give Hicks a 10-point lead.
The Lady Pirates led 34-19 in the second quarter, but the Lady Panthers ripped off a 9-0 run to pull within 6.
"Due to the fact that we shot well, we were able to withstand their runs," Charrier said. "Fairview is aggressive, and 20-point leads are never safe with them. The pressure always intensifies as the games goes on. One thing that I didn't like was the turnovers.
"There were three fouls called in the first half, and it was like the refs weren't even on the floor. In the second half, there were more fouls called because the pressure increased on the both sides. They don't always get credit, but they deserved credit.
Late in the third quarter Coffman hit a 3 pointer to put Hicks up 19, and Chloe Wilbanks hit a long ball at the buzzer to give the Lady Pirates a 72-51 lead.
Fairview made another run in the fourth, cutting the deficit 13, and Brooklyn Blackwell hit a layup to seal the win the 1:31 to play.
The win puts Hicks at 28-7 on the year and 6-1 in the district play, with the lone loss coming at the hands of No. 2 Anacoco.
Day led the Lady Pirates with 23 points, and Wilbanks added 20, while Coffman (15) and Shaley Charrier (12) each finished in double figures.
District 4 features No. 5 Hicks, No. 2 Anacoco, No. 13 Hornbeck , No. 18 Elizabeth, No. 11 Pitkin and No. 3 Fairview, making it one of the most competitive districts in the state.
"It is one of the best in the state in Class B, as far as crowd attendance and being competitive," Charrier said. "We moved the game from Tuesday to Monday, and a lot of people didn't know about it.
"It was a playoff game atmosphere. These type of games are going to prepare you for what is going to happen in about two weeks."