Fairfield girls beat Fort Madison, DanvilleGirls win first conference game
The Fairfield girls’ basketball team dominated an important weekend of basketball.
First up was Fort Madison (4-5, 0-3 SEC), and the Trojans dealt them a 45-30 defeat, earning Fairfield (7-5, 1-3 SEC) its first Southeast Conference win of the season. This fact was not lost on the team.
“It feels awesome,” senior Marisa Repp said, “and it’s about time.”
Repp and freshman Sami Fritz hit three-pointers in the first quarter that helped Fairfield earn a 12-5 advantage by the end of the quarter. Both teams used full-court pressure in the first half to try and maximum turnovers. Fairfield would turn the ball over 12 times, opposed to the Bloodhounds 17.
The starting five for Fairfield did nearly all the damage, scoring 39 of Fairfield’s 45 points. Fritz scored 13 points to lead the squad. Repp scored five points, and her five assists were huge in getting Fairfield’s offense rolling.
“Out of our 14 field goals, 12 of them came off assists, which is super,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “[We had] really good, balanced scoring. Everyone really played their roles pretty well.”
As for the other three starters, Mackenzie Flattery and McKenna Ledger each scored eight points, while Hanna Greiner chipped in five points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Caitlin Marshall led Fort Madison with 11 points. Foul trouble kept their best players off the court and damaged the Bloodhounds chances of victory immensely. Four of the five starters ended the game with at least four fouls. Jordyn Meierotto and LaStella Slack, two players that normally lead Fort Madison’s offense, combined for just three points and four attempted in shots.
Next came Danville, and Fairfield would win this contest 43-34. The game was decided in the second and third quarters. Fairfield went on a 21-0 run and outscored the Bears 26-4 during those two quarters. Danville was held without a bucket in the third.
Danville (5-6) mounted a fourth quarter comeback, scoring more points during those eight minutes, 18, than they did the entire rest of the game. The Trojans withstood the heat and closed down the win.
“We were able to knock down free throws and we took care of the ball,” Flattery said.
Repp had 10 points and three rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals. Fritz had nearly the same line, except she pulled in six rebounds. Mikaela Lunsford, Kylie Kurtz and Karley Williams came off the bench to pitch in 10 combined points.
The competition gets stiff for the next five games. The most losses any of these five teams have is four, and one of the teams is still undefeated. The Trojans will play Tuesday at Eddyville-Blakesburg (7-4).