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Trojan girls boxed out in 55-40 loss

By MICHAEL LEACH, Ledger sports editor | Jan 15, 2013
Photo by: MICHAEL LEACH/Ledger photo Fairfield senior Brittany Kurtz, right, stretches out for a rebound during girls’ basketball action Monday at Fairfield High School. The Trojans lost to Mid-Prairie 55-40.

Mid-Prairie’s missed free throws actually worked in its favor Monday in a non-conference matchup at Fairfield.

Although the fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Golden Hawks shot a poor 15 of 36 from the free throw line, the visitors made up for it with an array of putbacks after missed attempts. Mid-Prairie pulled down 48 rebounds compared to 31 for the host Trojans, and 15 of Mid-Prairie’s rebounds came on the offensive glass en route to a 55-40 victory over Fairfield.

“We gave up a lot of box-outs,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said. “That was the real glowing error, I thought, in the second half.”

Fairfield was able to stay with Mid-Prairie in the first half.

The Golden Hawks initially built a 9-4 lead, but Fairfield junior Marisa Repp hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first quarter to pull within two. Mid-Prairie stayed ahead in the second quarter, though the Trojans kept the visitors in their sights throughout. The Golden Hawks jumped out to a 16-12 lead midway through the second period before Fairfield’s Erica Winslow connected on two free throws. The Trojans tied the game at 18-all on back-to-back makes from Brittany Kurtz and Repp, but Mid-Prairie closed the half on a 7-3 run.

In the second half, Fairfield senior Sidney Baumann cut the deficit to one on a 3-pointer, but the Trojans never got any closer. Four straight points by Jessica Butters pushed Mid-Prairie’s lead to 29-24, and a few steals by senior Mallory McArtor midway through the quarter translated into easy buckets for the Golden Hawks, who led 41-29 after three.

“I really thought we battled in the second half when things got kind of heated in there,” Mid-Prairie head coach Marc Pennington said. “[Fairfield is] well coached and very physical, and I was pleased with how we played.”

Pennington added he thought his team’s defensive pressure finally took its toll on Fairfield later in the game.

“With our pressure sometimes you don’t get turnovers in the first half, but when you continue applying the pressure at some point I think it just wears the other team out,” Pennington said. “We try to wear you out in the first half so we can take advantage in the second half, and that seemed to work okay tonight.”

The Golden Hawks also displayed a balanced attack on offense, with four players hitting double figures in scoring. In addition to McArtor’s 11 points, Erika Murphy, Butters and Taylor Kurtz scored 10 apiece.

Mid-Prairie improves to 9-3 on the season.

Fairfield’s Brittany Kurtz scored a season-high 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting for the Trojans. Repp scored 11 points with three steals, and Sidney Baumann had 11 points on 3 of 8 shooting from 3-point land.

Hanna Greiner, who was in foul trouble a majority of the game playing just 15 minutes, scored three points and pulled down seven rebounds. Winslow scored two on 2 of 2 shooting from the charity stripe.

And although the Trojans were out-rebounded by 17, Flattery said it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

“They played very, very hard — as hard as we have in a few games here,” Flattery said. “I told them if they keep working with that kind of effort, good things are going to happen to you without question.”

Fairfield’s tough slate continues Thursday with a makeup game vs. Keokuk and Friday with a trip to Class 4A ninth-ranked Washington. Burlington Notre Dame (ranked second in Class 1A) and Iowa City Regina (ranked 15th in Class 2A) await the 5-7 Trojans next week.

“In the next five games, four of them are ranked. It’s a tough stretch for us but also teaches us something about what we need to work on and where we’re at,” Flattery said. “Without question, it gets you ready for tournaments, I think, instead of winning easy games.”

 

Fairfield vs. Mid-Prairie

MID-PRAIRIE— 9 16 16 14 — 55

FAIRFIELD — 7 14 8 11 — 40

 

FAIRFIELD — B. Kurtz 6 1-5 13, Repp 4 2-6 11, Baumann 4 0-2 11, Greiner 1 1-2 3, Winslow 0 2-2 2, Metcalf 0 0-0 0, Burnett 0 0-0 0, Ledger 0 0-0 0, Flattery 0 0-0 0, Drish 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 6-17 40

3-point goals — Baumann 3, Repp 1. Rebounds — Greiner 7, B. Kurtz 6, Repp 6, Baumann 3, Ledger 3. Assists — Baumann 2. Steals — Repp 3, Baumann 2, Metcalf 2.

 

MID-PRAIRIE — McArtor 5 1-5 11, Murphy 2 6-8 10, Butters 3 4-6 10, T. Kurtz 5 0-5 10, Swartzentruber 2 2-4 6, M. Redlinger 2 0-2 4, Becker 2 1 0-2, K. Redlinger 0 1-2 1, Stumpf 1 1-2 1, Lugar 0 0-0 0, Cayton 0 0-0 0, Shalla 0 0-0 0, Ball 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 15-36 55

3-point goal — none. Rebounds — T. Kurtz 10, Butters 8, Becker 7, Murphy 6, Lugar 4, McArtor 4. Assists — M. Redlinger 4, McArtor 2. Steals — McArtor 4, M. Redlinger 3, Lugar 2, K. Redlinger 2.

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