Trojans start season with victoryGirls hit key second half shots
Mackenzie Flattery nailed a fourth quarter three-pointer to give the Fairfield girls’ basketball team some breathing room.
Then Samantha Fritz drove in the dagger.
Two important three-pointers, from Flattery and Fritz, and two Hanna Greiner baskets marked Fairfield’s fourth quarter offensive outburst that sealed its 49-43 victory Tuesday over Ottumwa. This was the first game of the season for both teams.
“It was a great home opening win for the gals,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “We thank the crowd for the terrific support. We took a huge step in growing as a young team.”
Fritz put in a jumper to kick off the scoring in the first quarter. The initial quarter was bogged down by quick whistles, with plenty of fouls called on each side.
The Trojans watched a 20-10 lead slip away early in the third quarter as the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to take the lead 23-22. On the next offensive possession for Fairfield, Marisa Repp was left all alone at the three-point line. She took advantage of the lack of defense and made the triple, putting the Trojans back ahead by two. Repp finished the game with nine points, six rebounds, and five steals.
“I thought the girls kept their composure [during] the Ottumwa comeback,” Flattery said. “
Repp wasn’t done. She produced a steal and a basketball to close out the third quarter that gave Fairfield a workable lead heading into the final frame.
The aforementioned offensive outburst didn’t allow Ottumwa back in the game. Fritz would end up being Fairfield’s leading scoring, putting together a 13-point, five-rebound and three-assist performance. She also had three steals.
Greiner led the Trojans on the defensive end, with 13 rebounds and two steals. She also swatted a shot during Ottumwa’s attempted comeback in the fourth quarter.
The girls play Friday at the Waterloo West Thanksgiving tournament against Waterloo East.