Conference matchup marks return from breakTrojans ready for Keokuk Chiefs
The Fairfield girls’ basketball team has an opportunity Friday to get into the conference win column.
The Trojans (5-4), who are 0-2 in Southeast Conference play, need a win on the road Friday in Keokuk to stay in relative contention for the conference title. This will be the third straight road conference game for Fairfield, which leaves only one more road conference contest this season. The Trojans could build momentum going into their home matchup against Fort Madison next week with a win.
“We have three home conference games in January and we have a good record at home,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “Going at least .500 on the road and then taking care of business at home gives [us] a chance at a title still.”
So far the Southeast Conference doesn’t have a clear frontrunner, and all five teams look to be contenders. Exiting winter break, Washington stands in first with a 6-2 record. The Demons have played only one conference game, which was against Fairfield, and won it 54-43. Mount Pleasant (4-2) is now ranked 11th in Class 4A. The Bloodhounds from Fort Madison are 4-2 as well.
Keokuk enters this matchup with a 3-3 record and a 1-1 conference mark. Junior guard Lakyn Boltz is the main offensive weapon that Flattery’s squad needs to worry about. Boltz is making 12.7 points per game and has made 45 percent of her three pointers.
“[Boltz] also dribble drives very well,” Flattery said. “Taking her out of the scoring column would be huge.”
The Chiefs are not tall across the board, but they are aggressive. Coach Michael Davis normally runs man-to-man defense, but look for him to experiment with multiple types of defense during the game.
These two teams split the season series last year at one. Both teams won at home. Fairfield overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Chiefs 44-41.
The Trojans will host Fort Madison and Danville next weekend.