By JEFF KOLB

@Jeff_Kolb

WILLOW HILL - The Fannett-Metal Tigers didn't play down the sweet feeling of Saturday's 72-59 non-league girls basketball victory over Class AAA James Buchanan.

"I talked to them before the game and said they derserved to be here and win this game just as much as any AAA school, AA school, whoever it is," Fannett-Metal coach Jen Lauthers said.

"You could see they were cocky coming into a little school, a little court - thinking they were going to run all over us," said Tiger guard Megan Dougherty, who led all scorers with 32 points. "We proved them wrong."

F-M (6-2) came out with a purpose, opening up a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the game that had Rocket coach Rick Cristofano calling for time.