Fairfield girls earn win over Lady DeesTrojans are now 4-2 on the season
It was without a doubt a team effort.
Most wins are, but because of a tight game called by the referees, this particular game had to be a team effort if Fairfield wanted to pull out a win. Depth and great play off the bench gave the Trojans a 53-47 victory Tuesday over Albia.
“Foul difficulties made for interesting lineups Tuesday night,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “It was great to see that our depth can be counted on.”
Fairfield’s depth was immediately tested after senior Hanna Greiner picked up her third foul in the first quarter. Foul trouble resulted in Flattery playing a mix of different lineups, including not having any starters on the court for periods of time.
“Once again, [there were] different people leading us in scoring and new people coming off the bench playing efficiently,” Flattery said.
Taylor Ferrel scored on a lay up to give Fairfield an 8-2 advantage in the first quarter. Fellow bench players Karley Williams and Kylie Kurtz each scored four points. Mikaela Lunsford scored three points and brought down three rebounds.
The foul calls made players feel uncertain of what exactly a foul was.
“It affected us all because we were afraid to get up on them,” Fairfield senior Marisa Repp said. “So we didn’t play defense as aggressively as we normally do.”
Fairfield ran down the clock late in the game and did its best to play intelligent basketball and hang on to the lead.
“We were smart at the end of game with running down the clock and not making any mistakes,” Repp said.
Freshman Sami Fritz led the Trojans with 15 points, five assists and three steals. Greiner, despite the foul trouble, put down nine points and secured four rebounds. Senior McKenna Ledger also had four rebounds to go along with 10 points.
Albia’s Taegan Bossard led the Lady Dees (3-2) in scoring with 14. Brooke Bettis was not far behind with an 11-point effort.
The Trojans travel Friday to take on Southeast Conference foe Washington. Fairfield was unable to win in both contests against Washington last season.