Eddyville ends Trojans’ win streak Tuesday
A busy schedule out of the holiday break appeared to finally take its toll on the Fairfield girls, who fell to visiting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 65-50 Tuesday in Fairfield.
The Trojans rolled to two straight victories Friday and Saturday, but in their third game in five days Tuesday, Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery saw a Trojans team that appeared flat. After opening Tuesday’s game dead-even through the first quarter, Fairfield scored just six points in the second quarter and never managed to hold the Rockets under 14 points in any period.
“I thought we played with a sense of urgency at times, but it seems like we were a little low key with our energy tonight. Our team has got to play with a high energy level to have a chance,” Flattery said.
The loss evened Fairfield’s overall record at 5-5, while Eddyville currently sits at 6-4.
Leading the way for the Trojans was senior Sidney Baumann with 18 points on four treys, junior Hanna Greiner with a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards, and freshman Mackenzie Flattery scoring six points on a pair of 3s.
At the game’s start, Fairfield senior Miranda Metcalf scored the first points on a putback. A long 2 from junior Marisa Repp and a trey by Baumann handed Fairfield an initial 7-5 lead. The two teams continued to trade buckets the remainder of the period, with Eddyville taking a 14-12 lead into the second period.
The Trojans opened the second period with a three-minute scoreless drought, and the Rockets quickly hustled to a 21-12 advantage. Repp put the Trojans on the scoreboard with a free throw, then Fairfield cut the deficit to 23-18 on back-to-back makes from Greiner and Baumann.
The five-point deficit would be as close as Fairfield would come, however.
The Rockets scored the final six points in the half to enter the locker room up 29-18. The visitors scored another 14 points in the third quarter and saved their best for last with a 22-point fourth.
“They’re balanced. They’re a good shooting team. If you take away their dribble drive, they knock down 3s. They do a good job of finding each other,” Flattery said of the Rockets.
Still, Fairfield kept the game close throughout the third quarter as Greiner narrowed the deficit to 29-20 to start. Baumann and Sydney Burnett scored on back-to-back shots to bring Fairfield within six, though the Rockets stayed out in front and led 43-34 after three quarters.
The Rockets continued to attack in the fourth quarter, and Fairfield struggled to find an answer on the defensive end. A 14-3 run to open the period gave the Rockets all the cushion they would need.
“We didn’t do a good enough job of stopping dribble penetration and we didn’t do a good enough job in transition defense,” Flattery said. “Our shot selection became very erratic, as well. At that stage when you’re down almost 20, you still want to get a good shot but you can’t let too much time run off.”
Fairfield’s Repp finished with five points, 10 boards and two steals; Burnett tallied three points and three assists; and Erica Winslow had three points with two assists. Metcalf totaled six boards and three assists, while rookie Taylor Ferrel came through with two steals.
The Trojans (5-5, 1-2 SEC) will be looking to move back above .500 when they face Mount Pleasant Friday. The Panthers topped Fairfield by 30 points in their first matchup Nov. 30.
“They whipped our tail the first time around, so hopefully we’ll come out over there with a chip on our schedule,” said Flattery. “I’d like to think we’ve got girls who have a lot of competitiveness in their bones, and they’re going to say, “Hey, that’s not going to happen again.”
Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. in Mount Pleasant.
Fairfield vs. E-B-F
E-B-F — 14 15 14 22 — 65
FAIRFIELD — 12 6 16 17 — 50
FAIRFIELD — Baumann 6 1-2 18, Greiner 3 3-4 11, Flattery 2 0-0 6, Repp 1 3-6 5, Burnett 1 0-0 3, Winslow 1 0-0 3, Metcalf 1 0-2 2, Ferrel 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 7-14 50
3-point goals — Baumann 4, Flattery 2, Winslow 1, Burnett 1. Rebounds — Repp 10, Greiner 10, Metcalf 6. Assists — Metcalf 3, Burnett 3, Winslow 2. Steals — Repp 2, Greiner 2, Ferrel 2