Fairfield eighth-grade girls tame Panthers
With an extended road trip complete, the Trojan eighth-grade girls returned to their home basketball court Thursday against Mount Pleasant.
The Trojans picked up a pair of wins, including a 44-15 rout of Mount Pleasant in ‘A’ action.
Fairfield and Mount Pleasant fought out to an 8-all tie in the opening minutes of the ‘A’ game, but Kenady Waugh banked in a 3-pointer to give Fairfield a lead headed into the second period. The Trojans took off from there, containing Mount Pleasant to two points in the second quarter and holding a 24-10 lead at halftime. Mount Pleasant was only able to score one point in the third quarter and another four points in the fourth.
“I was so darn proud of these girls tonight. We started off in a tight battle in the first quarter and then just took off, holding them to seven points in the next three quarters. We passed better, moved the ball well and broke down Mount Pleasant’s zone by attacking gaps and hitting shots,” said Fairfield coach Derek Philips. “We just wanted it more tonight. I couldn’t be happier for this group.”
The ‘A’ squad was led on offense by Mikaela Lunsford’s game-high 14 points. Kylie Kurtz scored 10 and Waugh had seven points. Sam Fritz contributed six points, Brooke McLain finished with four, and Brynna Bowman and Hailey Beard scored two and one, respectively.
The ‘B’ game also started out close, but the Trojans pulled away with a 22-16 win. Fairfield led 8-6 at halftime and built an 18-8 lead by the fourth quarter. Mount Pleasant chipped away at the lead and came within two, 18-16, but Fairfield scored the final four points to seal the win.
“We had a comfortable lead in the fourth and sort of went into cruise control, which allowed Mount Pleasant to make a comeback,” Philips said. “We kept our heads, scored a couple more crucial baskets and came away with the win. Tonight was a good wake up call for us.”
Natalie Angstead, Kailey Kaska, Taylor Marlay, Shelby Heston and Sarah Swanson led Fairfield’s ‘B’ team with four points apiece. Kylee Marlay scored two.
Fairfield continues its homestand Tuesday with another game against Mount Pleasant.