Fairfield basketball prepares for doubleheaderA weekend full of competitive action got both Trojan teams ready to host the Oskaloosa Indians
The Trojan girls’ basketball team emerged from the Waterloo West Thanksgiving Tournament with one blowout victory and one blowout loss.
Both games, however, will pay dividends for Fairfield down the road.
The Trojans defeated Waterloo East 59-20 Friday to get the weekend started. Senior Marisa Repp was able to reach the foul line 12 times and led the team with 16 points. Waterloo East was overmatched and turned the ball over 32 times.
“Our press and depth were strengths that East had trouble handling,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said.
Freshman Sami Fritz orchestrated another solid performance playing at point guard. Fritz put in nine points and three assists, but also was able to lead the team in rebounds with nine. Mackenzie McClure scored eight points and was able to help Fairfield on the defensive end with two steals.
Next came the Saturday matchup against Waterloo West, which is ranked fourth in the state in Class 5A. The Trojans fell 62-31.
“Even with the loss, it was a great experience playing a highly ranked team that includes Iowa State and Bowling Green college basketball recruits,” Flattery said. “The second half was much better as we handled their pressure and cut down on turnovers.”
Molly Ryan went 3-3 shooting from the field and led the team in points with seven. Fritz and Karley Williams were each able to put in six.
Flattery felt this tournament would be an important step in team building this season. Not only did the girls get to play basketball, but an overnight stay in Cedar Falls allowed the team to spend more time together. They shot baskets at Wartburg College and even were able to view a college game.
The Trojans will have to face teams of Waterloo West’s caliber come playoff time, so getting that kind of experience should help the team in the long run. Fairfield (2-1) is hoping to take the lessons it learned over the weekend into Monday’s game against Oskaloosa.
“We look forward to continuing to get better after a busy weekend at the Waterloo West tournament,” Flattery said. “It showed [us] things we are getting better at and things we need to emphasize in practice.”
Guards Taylor Richardson and Sarandyn Curtis will lead the charge for an Oskaloosa (1-0) team that will be playing its second game of the season. Post presence Peyton Zickefoose will likely be battling Fairfield’s Hanna Greiner down under the basket for most of the evening.
The Indians won last season’s matchup 44-26 and was an 18-4 team prior to the Trojans exacting their revenge in the playoffs. Fairfield traveled to Oskaloosa’s home court and pulled off a 54-49 upset. Greiner scored nine points and brought down 10 rebounds in the regional semifinal victory, and the Trojans will need her to play well again while guarding Zickefoose in today’s game. Oskaloosa passes into the post often, and will also look to confuse Fairfield by frequently switching from man-to-man to zone defense.
Trojan Boys vs. Oskaloosa
The Fairfield boys hosted a scrimmage Saturday against Keota, Calamus-Wheatland and Central Lee.
“The scrimmages are just a good opportunity to see a bunch of different offenses and defenses and work on some of the things we do,” Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo said. “We were very happy with the way the guys played on Saturday.”
Miklo and the Trojans get their first regular season test today when Oskaloosa comes to town. The Indians are playing in their first game of the season.
Oskaloosa won this matchup last season 46-31, but were only able to win three games on the year.
“Oskaloosa is in a similar position [to what] we are,” Miklo said. “They are replacing some key players from last year, but have some important parts returning for this year. They are looking to on improve their record from last year as we are. We expect them to be a physical team that is very fundamental and tough on the boards.”
Boys: Oskaloosa @ Fairfield 7:45 p.m.
Girls: Oskaloosa @ Fairfield 6:30 p.m.