The Fredonia boys and girls basketball teams played their first league games over the weekend against Beaver Dam and Grand Canyon.

The Lynx traveled to Beaver Dam to play the Diamondbacks on Friday. Fredonia does not have enough girls on their squad to have a JV team, so the boys JV played the first game. The freshmen and sophomore boys played well against an equally young Beaver Dam team and came out victorious. Kelton Utter led all scorers with 17 points.

In the next game, the Fredonia girls, coached by Trish Spendlove and Meg Olsen, faced a tough Beaver Dam squad. The Lynx got off to a slow start with too many turnovers and fell behind 10-8 in the first quarter. They fought back to tie the game at the half, 18 all. The Lynx girls came out of halftime fired up and built a 32-24 lead in the third quarter that they never relinquished. They finished the game victorious 45-31, with Shaley Huntington and Crystal Nez both contributing 15 points.

The Fredonia boys played their first game under Coach Anderson. They too had a rough start with mental errors and turnovers and trailed the D-backs16-10 in the first quarter. The Lynx turned the score around by halftime and led 24-20 going into the break. Beaver Dam gained the upper hand in the third, building a 39-33 lead. In the fourth, the Lynx clawed their way back to a 50-50 tie at the end regulation. Fredonia continued to fight in overtime, but ultimately lost. TJ Goodnow led Fredonia with 21 points, followed by Alex Spendlove with 10 and Tyler Evans with nine.

On Saturday, the Lynx played host to the Phantoms of Grand Canyon. The boys JV faced a larger and older squad and quickly fell behind 21-9 in the first period. They did little to cut into the lead by halftime, but came out focused in the second half. They cut the lead to 10 points with two minutes to play and eventually shaved the lead to five for an exciting finish, but fell just short 58-53. Chance Lathim and Kelton Utter led the scoring with seven points each.

The Lady Lynx followed their pattern from the previous day with a slow start and dominant finish. The first half saw little scoring, with both teams managing only 13 points. Once again, the Lynx came out of halftime fired up. They scored 13 points in the third, while holding the Lady Phantoms to four. The Lynx then held their lead to finish ahead 35-25 for another victory. Shaley Huntington led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Crystal Nez with 11.

The Fredonia Boys did not fare well against a larger and quicker team from Grand Canyon. The Phantoms shot to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter with stifling defense. The Lynx played better in the second period, but still trailed 32-21 at halftime. The third quarter was once again Fredonia’s downfall, as they scored only three points, while allowing 15 points from Grand Canyon. The Lynx once again woke up in the fourth, but were too late, losing 59-34. Austen Utter led Fredonia in scoring with 13 points, followed by Tyler Evans with 12 and TJ Goodnow with 10.