Middle school ‘A’ girls earn back-to-back wins
In Tuesday’s home game vs. Keokuk, Fairfield’s ‘A’ girls stormed back from a six-point deficit to earn a 48-36 victory.
Trailing 17-11 with three minutes to go in the first half, the Trojans erupted on a 9-2 run to lead 20-19 at the half. Fairfield led 27-25 with one minute remaining in the third period, but a 22-11 run sealed the victory.
Nicole Buch scored 20 points and Ashtyn Drish netted 16 to pace the Trojans. Amiah Neff scored six and Alie Kensett had three points. Taylor Myers scored two and Kristen Daugherty chipped in one point.
“Our second half was much better than the first half. We started slow but came around. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but hopefully we learn from those,” Fairfield head coach Derek Philips said. “We have four more games that are all very winnable if we play well.”
In the ‘B/C’ game, Fairfield held off a late surge by Keokuk to earn a 27-21 win.
Lynsey Finney scored a team-high eight points to lead Fairfield, which led 15-6 at halftime. Fairfield’s Claire Christensen scored six, Abbey Gridley had five and Katrina Cecchini finished with four points. Fernanda Giron and Maddie Smith each scored two.
“We had a lot of different lineups in there tonight, but all did some great things. We pushed the ball well and played good perimeter defense,” Philips said.
Fairfield hosts Burlington Aldo Leopold for its final home game of the season Thursday.
‘A’ team fights off Edward Stone
The Fairfield Middle School seventh-grade girls kicked off a busy, three-home game week with a win in ‘A’ action Monday.
Fairfield’s ‘A’ team rolled past Burlington’s Edward Stone by a final score of 46-21. The Trojans dropped the ‘B/C’ game 10-6.
In the ‘A’ game, the Trojans took off on a 5-0 run and led 8-4 with a minute remaining in the first quarter. Then, in the closing seconds of the period, Ashtyn Drish hit two straight layups off steals to send Fairfield into the second quarter up 12-4.
Fairfield’s swarming defense kept them on top in the second quarter. Leading 14-8 midway through, the Trojans closed out the half on a 7-0 run to enter the locker room up 21-8.
The second half was much of the same for Fairfield as it maintained its double-digit lead throughout. Nicole Buch led all scorers with 20 points, and Drish wasn’t far behind with 16 points.
“We really focused on getting better at our last practice, and I thought it showed tonight. Our posts took some shots and we passed the ball better,” said Fairfield coach Derek Philips. “It was great to see improvement tonight, and it was a nice win for us tonight.”
Also in the ‘A’ game, Fairfield’s Alie Kensett netted six points, Ashley Pool scored two, and Kristen Daugherty and Amiah Neff each scored one point.
In the two-quarter ‘B/C’ game, the Trojans trailed by two with 29 seconds remaining before Edward Stone sealed the victory with a layup.
Katrina Cecchini led the way with three points and Maddie Smith scored two. Ashley Pool rounded out the scoring with one point.
“We continued to play hard, but just had some turnovers that cost us the game. I loved our effort,” added Philips.