McClure, Greiner power Fairfield girls to a win
It appeared to be Fairfield’s game from the opening tip.
The Trojans (3-1) defeated Oskaloosa 43-28 in a game that could easily have been higher scoring. Fairfield shot only 25 percent from the field and went 5-20 from behind the arc. Dominating defense and a strong second half was enough to down the Indians.
“We missed several lay ups that we will make as the season goes on,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “The gals need to reward their hard work when they get the ball back by making their layups. I thought we were very active and all over the floor.”
Oskaloosa graduated a lot of firepower, and it was apparent as the Indians struggled to find open shots and put the ball in the hoop. Fairfield’s 14 steals were a huge part of the final result. Oskaloosa committed 25 turnovers.
Freshman Sami Fritz got the scoring started with a three-pointer in the early going. Senior McKenna Ledger used a spin move to score inside and put the Trojans up 7-6 in the first quarter.
“I think it went well,” Ledger said about the game. “It was a good way to get confidence and start the season. We’re working great as a team.”
A three-pointer late in the second quarter from Mackenzie Flattery gave the Trojans a three-point lead. Flattery scored nine points, which was second on the team to Mackenzie McClure, who scored 10 points off of the bench. McClure also provided six rebounds and two steals, which energized the Trojans late in the second half.
The third quarter is where Fairfield took off. Oskaloosa could only manage three points as Fairfield stretched its lead to 10 by the end of the quarter. Hanna Greiner came up huge during this stretch of the game and finished with eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks and four steals.
Fairfield has the rest of the week to prepare for its conference road trip Friday to Mount Pleasant. The Panthers swept the Trojans last regular season only tto lose to Fairfield in the first round of the playoffs. Greiner and the rest of Trojans hope to control the first conference game of the season
“It’s a blast. I love playing with this team,” Greiner said. “We have a lot of fun.”