In ther first meeting Fairfax need a last second layup to get by University and were determine not to be in that position again.
Instead the Lions took the lead on a pair of free throws from John’ea Thompson at the beginning of the fourth quarter and never gave it back in a 50-43 road victory to set up a battle against Palisades on Monday.
Thompson made seven of eight free throws in the final period and finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Fairfax head coach Judi Edwards moved center John’ea Thompson to point in an effort to overcome the team’s slow starts and seemed to work as the Lions jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
“I like the energy we had and how much more active we were in the game, but University is a well coached team,” said Edwards. “They held us to a lot of one-shot possession in the first half and we were able to attack the basket after halftime.”
University lead 33-32 at the end of the third quarter.
Brittany Martin had 16 points and Precious Nwaba added 12 for the Wildcats.
Other scores in the Western League…
Palisades 32, Venice 26
Venice gave Palisades all they could handle as the Dolphins needed a second half rally to remain in a first place tie on top of the Western League.
The Gondoliers led by as much as 14 points in the first half, but the Dolphins took the lead for good on a Bianca King basket with two minutes left as Palisades closed out the game on a 7-0 run.
“It was a wake up call for us,” said King, who scored 16 points in the game. “We did our job in the second half and played good defense.
Venice lead 19-13 at halftime but only scored seven points in the second half.
Sarah Schemerhorn led the Gondoliers with 11 points.
Westchester 67, LACES 26
The Comets did not have much trouble against the Unicorns as Ahteana Jones had 17 points and Destinee Brown scored 15 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
De’Ja Dozier fell short of a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds for Westchester.