Trojans defeat Mid-Prairie despite injuries
The Fairfield girls’ basketball team hosted the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie Tuesday night, and walloped their guests 63-42.
The Trojans built a 16-11 lead after one quarter and stretched it to 28-19 at the half. Fairfield put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Golden Hawks 21-6 to take a 49-25 lead. Trojan coach Mick Flattery put his subs in to finish the game. Mid-Prairie outscored Fairfield in the final stanza 17-14.
The coach said he was pleased to see the student body’s enthusiasm for the game. The students were told to wear white, and most of them did.
Flattery remarked that Tuesday’s contest was incredibly physical.
“I’m very proud of how our gals played through the fouls, keeping their composure and having many step up in different situations,” he said.
Those fouls led to numerous free throws, which Fairfield converted, going 21-29 (72 percent). Unfortunately, the rough-and-tumble play led to a few injuries, such as Kylie Kurtz taking an elbow to the nose. The Mid-Prairie player who elbowed her was called for a flagrant foul. Kurtz had to come out of the game, but re-entered “looking like she had been through 12 rounds with Ali,” Flattery commented.
“Man, do I love her toughness!” Flattery exclaimed.
Kurtz wasn’t the only casualty. After playing for 12 minutes, junior starter Nicole Buch rolled her ankle and was taken out of the game. She will undergo an X-ray today to see if any bones are broken.
Sami Fritz led the team in scoring with 24 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Despite having to sit for a while, Kurtz was able to score 20 points.
The coach was pleased with what he saw from sophomore Ashley Bloomquist, who finished with eight points and three steals. Flattery said Bloomquist has adjusted well to the quick tempo of varsity action.
Brynna Bowman gave the team a spark as she scored four points and deflected four passes. Brooke McLain scored three points and had four deflections. Mikaela Lunsford had three points, three rebounds and two steals.
“I loved how Mikaela kept her cool,” said the coach.
Kailey Kaska scored one point and Kara Jeffrey had two rebounds and two deflections.
It was nice for the girls to get an easy win under their belt because they will need a lot of confidence for this weekend’s tournament in Waterloo when they have to matchup against 5A schools. The two-day tournament begins Friday against Waterloo East.