Baumann spectacular, but Trojans lose two
KEOKUK — The Trojans jumped out to a first quarter lead Friday, yet they struggled down the stretch in a 64-52 loss to Keokuk in Southeast Conference girls’ basketball action in Keokuk.
The Trojans led 16-8 after one quarter of play before Keokuk’s pressure defense capitalized in taking a 29-25 halftime lead. Keokuk led the entire second half on its way to avenging an earlier season loss to Fairfield.
“I really liked our gals ability to keep working hard until the end,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said following the game.
Coming off a 32-point performance Tuesday vs. Centerville, Sidney Baumann scored another 24 points and hauled in five rebounds to lead the Trojans.
Hanna Greiner supplied eight points and five rebounds, Sydney Burnett scored seven points and Karley Williams played well off the bench scoring four points. Miranda Metcalf tallied seven rebounds and Brittany Kurtz dished out four assists.
Collectively, the Trojans shot 13 of 16 from the free throw line.
Fairfield fell to 2-5 in the Southeast Conference with one more league game to play. Keokuk wrapped up conference play with a 5-3 mark in SEC games.
Baumann nets eight 3s in loss
PELLA — Sidney Baumann capped what head coach Mick Flattery called an “unbelievable week” with her second 32-point game in three tries Saturday at Pella.
Baumann shot a career-high 8 of 11 from 3-point land, yet it was only enough to keep the Fairfield girls in the game as they fell to Pella 67-59.
“Sidney Baumann put on one unbelievable performance. [Her 3s] were deep and under heavy presure. ... It was as good as shooting as I have ever had, boy or girl,” Flattery said.
The Trojan senior has scored 88 points over her last three games.
Although the Trojans trailed for much of the game, they cut the deficit to 62-57 with one minute to go. Pella hit its free throws in its final possessions to clinch the victory.
Conversely, foul shooting hurt the Trojans, who went 11-for-21 on free throw attempts. Flattery’s Trojans also struggled to capitalize on inside baskets throughout the contest.
In addition to Baumann’s 32 points and four steals, junior post player Hanna Greiner had a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards, and Marisa Repp totaled seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Fairfield’s Sydney Burnett scored five points, Karley Williams had three points and McKenna Ledger scored two and secured five boards.
Senior starter Brittany Kurtz sat the game with an elbow injury, and with a few other starters in foul trouble, Flattery added praise for Fairfield’s reserve players.
“I loved how our gals kept fighting back even with three of our starters fouling out,” Flattery said. “Our bench came in and played well.
“Great non-conference competition for us,” he added.
The Trojans (7-12, 2-5 SEC) conclude the regular season with a pair of home games this week. They host Chariton on Tuesday, then recognize all the players Friday during Senior Night against Fort Madison.