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WESTWOOD Before Derek Cooksey conducted his postgame media obligations on Tuesday night, his assistant coach, Jake Leibee, cajoled Cooksey to drop the word “moxie” into his interview answers.

Cooksey obliged, as he should have: Fairview indeed displayed that quality in emphatically concluding a slump of eight losses in nine games with a 71 53 victory over Raceland at George Cooke Memorial Gym.

The Eagles shot 61.2 percent from the field and led from the 3:33 mark of the second quarter on. Terrick Smith’s 3 pointer with 5:52 remaining extended the margin to double digits for good.

Cooksey chalked Fairview’s repelling of Raceland’s rallies up to the growing pains his team has been through in both game and practice settings.

“Tonight, when we got up 10 or 11 and Raceland kept coming back, I didn’t think our guys panicked,” he said. “I saw a look in their eyes that, ‘Wait a minute, we’ve been here before, we’ve been through this, we’re not gonna let this slip through.’ That means a lot as a coach.”

Smith led four Eagles in double figures with 19 points. Every time he spotted up from the corner from beyond the 3 point line in the second half, at least one of his teammates on the bench rose to his feet and raised his hands as the ball approached the basket.

As often as not, it went in Smith drained five of 10 trey tries, including two of three in the fourth quarter as Fairview distanced itself from Raceland.

“We cut to the basket,” Smith said, “we drove and kicked the ball to get open shots from 3; we drove good, played good defense.”

Smith’s drive of the lane put Fairview ahead for good at 19 17 after the first 12 1/2 minutes included six ties.

It was Smith’s introduction to the Fairview Raceland rivalry. The sophomore is playing his first season in Westwood, having transferred to the Eagles from Ashland.

“We’ve been on a losing streak. It puts us back on track,” Smith said. “We got Boyd Friday. It gives us confidence going into that game.”

Garrett Greene scored 17 points, Noah King dropped in 15 and Cameron Conley added 10 for Fairview (7 13).

Recent history foretold an up for grabs game even though the Eagles were in their aforementioned skid and the Rams were still riding high from a 16th Region All “A” Classic won last week: coming into the contest, Fairview and Raceland had split their last 24 meetings, 12 12, dating to February 2004.

The Rams (11 7) got a double double from Rylie Potter with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Octavious Hall scored 15 points,
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sinking seven of eight field goals, and Greg Mershon netted 10 points.

After Greene scored in the lane 10 seconds into the fourth quarter to put Fairview up 50 39, Kirk Pence sank a 3 for Raceland to come back within eight. And moments later, Potter’s putback lifted the Rams within nine at 53 44.

After both Pence and Potter’s buckets, though, Smith converted from the arc to keep Raceland from making a sustained run.

Cooksey didn’t sweat it literally.

“I took a different approach. I was pretty calm tonight,” he said. “I’m a fiery coach. It wasn’t that I wasn’t coaching as hard as I can; it’s the fact of, these kids understand what we want to accomplish, every group is different, so I said, we’re gonna be calm tonight, stay patient. They know what to do, and I said, it’s a little bit different; I’m not sweating tonight and I’m not running up and down the sidelines tonight.”

Raceland, meanwhile, was out of sorts as soon as it reached the gym, coach Bob Trimble said.

“The scouting report we had, we had two breakdowns the first two trips, letting guys go right and left, and we just weren’t ready to play,” Trimble said. “Had some young guys forget some shoes and gear. It was just an overall mentality that we weren’t ready to play.

“Give Fairview credit. They battled, they outworked us. I knew they were gonna be tough in this building and it was gonna be a tough game, but we gotta be better than we were tonight.”
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