Hot-shooting Fairfield girls blow away Centerville
After allowing a combined 137 points in two losses last week, Fairfield girls’ basketball coach Mick Flattery challenged his players to hold Centerville below 30 points.
His players answered the call on defense, and Sidney Baumann had a career day on offense to hand visiting Centerville a 62-28 loss Tuesday. The 34-point victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Fairfield (7-10, 2-4 SEC).
“Holding them below 30 points was a goal of ours,” said Flattery. “We had much better intensity with our team defense, and we knew all of our gals had to extend out and defend the 3.”
The win was undeniably the Trojans’ most lopsided of the year, and also was the highest point total by them in 17 games played.
“My teammates were sharing the ball, we were working the offense and the ball just fell through for me, really,” said Baumann, who totaled a career-high 32 points — her jersey number — to out-score the entire Centerville roster by herself. “We definitely needed this one. We needed it to boost our confidence, and we needed it to be a ‘W’ in the column.”
Baumann shot a scorching 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc and went 7 of 8 from the foul line. The senior also filled the stat line with nine boards, five assists and four steals.
“That was all-state stuff there. She was very active on the boards and in getting steals, and she passed the ball very well in 25 minutes of play,” Flattery said.
What’s more, Baumann had a big hand in the Trojans’ quick start Tuesday, as she scored seven of her team’s 17 first-quarter points.
Fairfield junior Hanna Greiner, who also supplied six points in the first quarter, scored the first bucket for Fairfield on a putback, and Baumann hit her first 3 of the night less than a minute later for a 5-2 lead.
Greiner, Brittany Kurtz and Baumann all scored consecutive baskets midway through the quarter to up Fairfield’s advantage to 11-2, and the home team cruised to a 17-4 lead after one.
The Trojans held Centerville, which came into the game averaging 48 points per game, to just 10 additional points in the second quarter.
“We really worked hard on our defense this Friday and Monday,” Baumann said. “I think it actually showed tonight, and we did better than against Regina and Notre Dame.”
Fairfield went on an 8-2 run to open the second quarter, which included back-to-back makes by Greiner as well as a Baumann trey, for a 25-6 advantage. Baumann launched up two more on-target shots and dished out an assist to Kurtz in the half’s final minutes for a 32-14 lead at the break.
In the second half, Baumann scored another 17 points before being pulled with nearly five minutes remaining in the game, and Fairfield held Centerville to seven points in each of the final two quarters.
The Big Redettes, who are ranked second in the entire state in number of 3-point attempts, shot just 1-for-17 on 3s.
“We knew Centerville loved to shoot the 3-point shot, and we were able to get out and pressure immediately,” said Flattery. “Then on offense we shared the ball well with each other and were able to run the court real well.”
In just 21 minutes of play, Greiner racked up 16 points and six rebounds to earn Flattery’s praise.
“Hanna’s game just continues to develop, which is good to see,” he said. “And, of course I thought the girls did a good job of finding [Baumann and Greiner].”
Fairfield’s Karley Williams came off the bench to score five points, Kurtz scored four and Miranda Metcalf had three points. Erica Winslow tallied two steals.
The Trojans now head into a busy weekend with away games at Keokuk on Friday and Pella Saturday.
Fairfield vs. Centerville
CENTERVILLE— 4 10 7 7 — 28
FAIRFIELD — 17 15 10 20 — 62
FAIRFIELD — Baumann 10 7-8 32, Greiner 8 0-0 16, Williams 1 2-2 5, Kurtz 2 0-0 4, Metcalf 1 1-2 3, Ledger 0 1-1 1, Flattery 0 1-2 1, Totals 22 12-18 62
3-point goals — Baumann 5, Williams. Rebounds — Baumann 9, Greiner 6, Kurtz 3, Metcalf 3, Ledger 3. Assists — Baumann 5. Steals — Baumann 4, Winslow 2, Greiner 2.