Trojans down No. 2 Notre DameNikes handed first loss this season
The Burlington-Notre Dame Nikes came into Tuesday’s game in Fairfield with an unblemished 15-0 record and the Class 1A No. 2 ranking.
The Nikes have dominated 1A competition, averaging 86 points per game. Wins against Davenport Assumption and Fort Madison only make their resume more impressive.
And then they played Fairfield. The Trojan defense forced the Nikes to take bad shots and they could never get rolling on the offensive end. Fairfield (9-7) beat the Nikes 52-45, handing them their first loss of the season. Just like when ranked Mt. Pleasant visited on Jan. 17, the Trojans raised their play against ranked competition.
“The girls came out and dictated the tempo that we wanted established,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “The girls played outstanding defense.”
The Nikes shot 9-65 from the field, which is by far their poorest performance of the season. Over half of their points came from the free throw line.
“Coach stressed that they were three-point shooters,” Fairfield senior guard Marisa Repp said. “We just had to stay up on them and not give them those shots.”
Fairfield’s defense was on display during the game’s first offensive possession when senior Hanna Greiner made two blocks. Greiner would finish with eight blocks on the night. The Trojans jumped out to a 6-0 lead and didn’t allow Burlington-Notre Dame to score until over five minutes into the game.
Repp led Fairfield in points with 13, 12 of which she scored in the first half. The Trojans led by three at halftime. Mackenzie Flattery hit the first two shots for Fairfield after coming out of the locker room. After feeling off in the first half, her shot making provided a boost for the Trojans. Seven of her 10 points came in the third quarter.
“I’m glad I finally hit some shots because the three was definitely not going for me in the first half,” Mackenzie Flattery said. “I decided that since my three wasn’t going I would just take it in instead.”
Fairfield extended its lead during the second half and led by 10 for a large period. Greiner, who had been mired in foul trouble in the first half, scored all 11 of her points in the second half. She finished with 10 rebounds and two steals as well.
Another ranked opponent awaits the Trojans in the form of Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars are ranked No. 7 in Class 5A with a 12-4 record.
NOTRE DAME (45)
Kori Mesecher 3 0-2 6, Courtney Coffin 1 0-0 3, Riley Kilbride 1 11-12 13, Courtney Abolt 0 2-4 2, Gabrielle Koelker 0 2-2 2, Taylor Hickey 4 4-4 14, Alyssa Schwartz 0 2-2 2, Emily Salvador 0 0-2 0, DeeDee Gilbert 0 3-4 3. Totals: 9 24-32 45.
Mackenzie Flattery 4 1-2 10, MaKenna Ledger 1 0-0 2, Sami Fritz 0 1-2 1, Hanna Greiner 3 5-12 11, Marisa Repp 5 1-4 13, Kylie Kurtz 1 1-4 3, Taylor Ferrel 1 4-8 6, Karley Williams 1 0-2 2, Mikaela Lansford 1 0-2 2, Mackenzie McClure 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 13-36 52.