Trojan girls earn two wins, move above .500
The Trojan girls’ basketball team made its long awaited return over the weekend and picked up a pair of road wins in the process.
The Trojans rallied in the fourth quarter for a 40-34 win over Fort Madison Friday, then held on for a similarly close 50-44 victory vs. Danville on Saturday.
With the two victories, the Trojan girls (5-4) find themselves above .500 for the first time since Week 1. Their mark in the Southeast Conference sits at 1-2.
“We have a goal of trying to have a winning record every week. This is the first time we’ve been able to do that this year,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said. “Our girls were ready to play and were looking forward to it coming out of the break.”
Although the Trojans only received scoring contributions from three players and were hit by an eight-minute scoreless stretch Friday, they still managed to put up 40 points against their SEC foe.
Fairfield senior Sidney Baumann netted over half her team’s points, scoring 22 points with three treys and three steals; Hanna Greiner finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards; and Marisa Repp scored the other five points to go with a team-high four steals.
Also for Fairfield, Miranda Metcalf hauled in four rebounds and McKenna Ledger blocked two shots.
Although they gave up 16 points in the second quarter Friday, the Trojans held Fort Madison to just 13 points after halftime. Trailing 30-26 after three quarters, Fairfield rolled off the first six points in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Flattery saved some praise for freshman reserve Taylor Ferrel, whose contributions on defense went far beyond the stat sheet.
“Burnett and Repp were in foul trouble in the second half, so I inserted Taylor. She really played well defensively and played right with their point guard [Sara Steffensmeier],” said Flattery.
The Trojans had more offensive balance in Saturday’s game at Danville, though Baumann once again had a major impact on the final score.
Baumann led the way with 18 points for a final weekend tally of 40 points. She scored 11 of her points in the third quarter to go with six steals and four assists.
“Sidney was hard to guard whether from the 3-point line or anywhere,” said Flattery. “She was able to score a variety of ways and had the kind of night we knew she was capable of having.”
Six other Trojans scored at least four points. Repp contributed 12 points to go with six rebounds and four steals; Greiner had four points, 13 boards, seven blocks and a career-high five assists; and Brittany Kurtz scored four with two blocks. Erica Winslow and Ledger also added four points apiece, and Metcalf had four rebounds with three assists.
Although Fairfield was out in front for much of the game, Danville stayed close and cut the deficit to 32-30 headed into the fourth quarter.The Trojans sealed the deal scoring 18 points and holding Danville to 14 over the final eight minutes. The second win in as many days upped their road record to an impressive 5-1 this season.
The Trojans continue their busy stretch at home Tuesday against a strong Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont squad (4-4).
Fairfield @ Ft. Madison
FAIRFIELD — 9 8 9 14 — 40
FT. MADISON— 5 16 9 4 — 34
FAIRFIELD — Baumann 22, Greiner 13, Repp 5, Total 40
3-point goals — Baumann 3. Rebounds — Greiner 11, Metcalf 4, Baumann 3, Kurtz 3. Assists — Baumann 1, Repp 1, Greiner 1, Kurtz 1, Flattery 1, Ferrel 1. Steals — Repp 4, Baumann 3, Greiner 2, Burnett 2. Blocks — Ledger 2
Fairfield @ Danville
FAIRFIELD — 13 4 15 18 — 50
DANVILLE — 9 4 17 14 — 44
FAIRFIELD — Baumann 18, Repp 12, Greiner 4, Kurtz 4, Burnett 4, Ledger 4, Winslow 4, Total 50
3-point goals — Baumann 1. Rebounds — Greiner 13, Repp 6, Metcalf 4, Ledger 3. Assists — Greiner 5, Baumann 4, Metcalf 3, Repp 1, Burnett 1, Winslow 1. Steals — Baumann 6, Repp 4, Greiner 2, Metcalf 2. Blocks — Greiner 7, Kurtz 2