FMS 7th graders finish unbeaten
Both Fairfield Middle School seventh-grade girls’ basketball teams finished their seasons with perfect 12-0 records.
On Thursday night, the “A” team whipped visiting Ottumwa 45-10. Leading the way for Fairfield was Danielle Breen who scored 18 points, grabbed a rebound and made seven steals. Other stats: Hannah Simpson 12/5/7; Anna Dunlap 6/4/3; Delaney Breen 4/4/2; Malory Lyon 1/2/5; Brynley Allison 2/0/3; Jenna Norris 2/2/1.
The “B” team blanked Ottumwa 12-0. Stats: Jayden Burke 3/3/3; Jenna Norris 2/2/2; Anna Dunlap 1/4/1; Brynley Allison 2/2/0; Hannah Bergren 2/1/1; Malory Lyon 2/1/0.
On Tuesday, the “A” and “B” teams defeated visiting Edward Stone.
The “A” team won 36-14.
Leading the way for Fairfield was Hannah Simpson who scored 15 points, grabbed 12 boards and made two steals. Other stats for Fairfield: Danielle Breen 10/7/6; Delaney Breen 9/2/5; Anna Dunlap 2/5/3; Malory Lyon 8 boards; Brynley Allison 6 boards.
The “B” team won 6-3. Brynley Allison, Malory Lyon and Jenna Norris scored two points apiece for Fairfield.
As for all the success FMS has enjoyed this year, coach Jerrod Belzer said, “It starts with the kids individually. They all love the game of basketball, they work incredibly hard and are all coachable. They’ve all shown up each day and have been ready to improve and get better.
“Certainly, too, they’ve worked hard over the past few years to get where they are. They didn’t just show up in January, it’s been a few years in the making. With that, they’ve had great travel-team coaches.
“The Breens (Dan and Tina) and Coach (Josh) Allison have done an outstanding job of teaching them the fundamentals of the game, that’s evident in their knowledge and ability.
“I’m excited to see what these ladies accomplish in the future. We talk often about never being complacent or satisfied but always working to improve.
“If they’ll continue their commitment to the game, they can do great things.”