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Steadfast Myers leads Shepherd past Fairmont

By Staff | Jan 27, 2017

When the Shepherd women do well it’s often a collective effort with contributions coming from many corners, but it’s mostly Liz Myers with her rebounding and scoring who leads the way to prosperity.

Myers was at her quiet best when the Rams defeated Fairmont, 64-54, boosting Shepherd’s mid-season burst of winning and leaving the overall record at 8-11 and the conference log at 5-6.

It was Shepherd’s third straight win. Fairmont was 9-8 overall and 6-5 in the league.

A definitive section of the game was the third quarter where the Rams outscored the Fighting Falcons, 20-5, to overcome a 30-25 halftime deficit and carry a 45-35 lead into the last quarter.

After a forgettable beginning to things where Shepherd had turnovers on its first three possessions, the first quarter became a series of missed opportunities by both sides.

Shepherd committed 11 turnovers in that much-smudged first period. And Fairmont led, 14-10.

Liz Mormann scored all five of her points and Shepherd led, 17-16, in the more aesthetic second quarter.

However, Fairmont’s team defense made finding high percentage shot-attempts difficult for the Rams, who still trailed, 30-25, at halftime.

Myers began to control more of the game’s minutes in the third quarter and her scoring and rebounding spearheaded a rousing spread of minutes that gave the positive-direction Rams a 10-point lead with only one quarter left.

Fairmont had gone over four minutes without scoring in its fatal third period.

Withstanding any of Fairmont’s attempted surges, the Rams visited the foul line often in the game’s last stages. But many of those trips were fallow . . . and without the constant flow of Fairmont turnovers, Shepherd’s lead could have been in jeopardy.

Myers made nine of her 12 field goal attempts, scored 18 points and claimed 12 rebounds.

Kayla Tibbs left the bench to score another 15 points and Cara Mason handed out nine assists.

The sweet-shooting Rams missed only 18 shots, going 25-for-43 from field for a 58-percent success rate.

But their 27 turnovers nearly doomed them . . . except that Fairmont’s 19 turnovers were repugnant enough to keep it from winning.

It hadn’t often been pretty. But it didn’t need to be in Shepherd’s collective eyes.