Trojans defeat Panthers 55-30 in scrimmage
The Fairfield and Pekin girls’ basketball teams met Friday in Fairfield for the Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge, a scrimmage played in conjunction with a community service project.
Fairfield won the scrimmage 55-30. It got off to a hot start, holding the Panthers to just three points in the first quarter to take an eight-point lead. The Trojans stretched their lead to 29-12 at halftime, and maintained it after the end of the third quarter when they led 39-18.
Trojan coach Mick Flattery said he was pleased with the effort of his girls on both sides of the floor. Fairfield made 17 of its 22 free throws (77 percent), and featured seven different scorers. The defense had 24 deflections as a team.
Junior Nicole Buch, the reigning most valuable player in the Southeast Conference, led Fairfield in scoring with 18 points, to go with three steals and two assists.
“Nicole really gets our defense going when she dominates the deflection category like she did on Friday,” commented Flattery, referring to Buch’s 12 deflections.
Senior Sami Fritz has mostly been an inside presence during her basketball career as she has become one of the Trojans’ most consistent rebounders. Friday, she proved she can be deadly away from the basket when she sank three of her six three-point attempts. Fritz finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
“Sami really showed what she’ll bring to the team this season with her three-point shooting and her drives to the basket,” Flattery said. “She is very versatile.”
Senior Kyle Kurtz had an impressive line, too, finishing with eight points, four deflections and a trio of rebounds and steals. Senior Brooke McLain scored all her points from the free-throw line as she went 6-7 from the charity stripe. Senior Mikaela Lunsford snared seven rebounds and three steals. Senior Brynna Bowman contributed three points.
Ashley Bloomquist was the floor general during long stretches of Friday’s scrimmage. The sophomore finished with three points and two steals. Fellow sophomore Kara Jeffrey had two points.
The Trojans open the regular season with a home tilt against Mid-Prairie Tuesday. The junior varsity game starts at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity game follows.
The Panthers also begin their season at home Tuesday. Pekin will host Louisa-Muscatine, with the junior varsity game beginning at 6 p.m. and the varsity game to follow.