Fairfield girls survive second half surgeTrojans improve record to 5-4
Late into their matchup against Davis County, the Fairfield girls’ basketball team lost its lead. The Mustangs held a three-point advantage with 3:20 to go in the game. What the Trojans didn’t lose was their composure. Crucial baskets allowed Fairfield to win a 49-47 contest Tuesday at Fairfield High School.
Freshman Mikaela Lunsford was able to hit two free throws to cut the deficit to one. Soon after, Mackenzie Flattery drained a three-pointer to regain the lead for the Trojans with 2:26 to go.
“I really think at this point our gals knew they could finish with a win,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said.
The underclassmen may have gotten the lead back, but a senior sealed the win. Hanna Greiner made two huge buckets in traffic and also hit two free throws with under 30 seconds to go. Greiner finished with a team high 15 points and nine rebounds.
“Hanna Greiner played like a third year veteran,” Flattery said matter-of-factly.
The Mustangs (4-2) never stopped fighting. Led by senior guard Shelby Graves, who scored almost half of Davis County’s points, the Mustangs erased deficit after deficit to come within one possession of stealing a win.
The game began with Greiner and fellow senior Marisa Repp logging four points each to help the Trojans jump out to an 8-2 lead. Fairfield led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and 27-15 at half.
Physical play was one of the reasons the Mustangs jumped back into the game in the third quarter. Three Trojans finished with four fouls as the referees blew their whistles continually. Greiner had been sitting for most of the second half when she came off the bench in the fourth quarter with only one foul.
“Our coach plays by personnel,” Greiner said. “It’s whoever is doing the best at the time and at that time it was my teammates. So it was nice to see them play.”
The physicality of the game was not lost on Greiner and her teammates.
“It was absolutely a physical game but you’re going to have those throughout the season, especially with these new fouling rules,” Greiner said.
Repp, Flattery and Mackenzie McClure each finished with six points on the night. Sami Fritz finished with five points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The victory puts Fairfield at 5-4 on the year. This is the first girls’ basketball team to have a winning record at Christmas break in eight seasons, and that’s with the Trojans already playing three ranked teams and going into overtime twice.
“The one loss to Washington is the only game where we did not show up to play,” Flattery said. “I am very encouraged with the progress these gals have made trying to mesh four grade levels together.”
Fairfield won’t play again until Jan. 3 at Keokuk.