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Eighth-grade girls down Ottumwa, improve to 11-0

Dec 14, 2012

One more game separates Fairfield’s eighth-grade girls’ basketball team from its second straight perfect season following a 59-20 rout of Ottumwa Thursday in Fairfield.

The eighth-grade girls finished their seventh-grade season with an 11-0 record in ‘A’ action. They’re currently 11-0 once again and have a chance to finish the two-year span 23-0 with a final game vs. Washington today.

On Thursday, the Trojans and Ottumwa were all knotted up at 3-all midway through the first quarter, but the Trojans worked their way up to a 32-14 lead by halftime. The host defense dominated the second half — allowing six points — while the Trojan offense scored 27 after halftime.

“We were much better tonight both offensively and defensively. We pushed the ball better and made some really great passes. We did have a few defensive lapses but got those fixed at halftime,” Fairfield coach Derek Philips said. “I just love these girls’ competitiveness.”

Kylie Kurtz and Sam Fritz both scored 14 points to lead the ‘A’ offense. Haley Beard tallied eight points, Mikaela Lunsford netted seven, and Kenady Waugh and Kaylee Watson contributed six points apiece. Brooke McLain added four.

The Trojans also rolled their way to a 46-11 victory in the six-quarter ‘B/C’ game. Ottumwa did not score a field goal until the end of the fifth quarter; up to that point all their points had come via the free throw line.

Sarah Swanson led the Trojans with 14 points and Shelby McKune scored eight. Natalie Angstead and Shelby Heston each scored six points, Ashlyn Elmore and Kylee Marlay had four, and Kellie Hovorka and Amber Samuelson scored two points apiece.

“We played many different lineups with all of our girls and they all played fantastic,” Philips said. “We had a lot of fast break points and attacked the basket well. Plus only giving up four field goals in six quarters is impressive. Very proud of the season we’ve had.”

The Trojans are at Washington in their season finale today. Game time starts at 4:30 p.m.

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