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Buch, Drish and Fort Madison each score 23 in blowout

By Justin Webster | Feb 12, 2018
Photo by: Photo submitted by Heidi Bowman Seniors Nicole Buch, left, and Ashtyn Drish, right, put the press on the Bloodhounds in Fort Madison Friday night. The Trojans coasted to a 67-23 victory to finish the regular season 17-4.

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team dominated their regular season finale Friday night at Fort Madison, 67-23, sending the Trojans into the playoffs with tons of the “Big Mo” and a 17-4 record.

Scoring was abundant early on for Fairfield as they built a 16-4 lead eight minutes into the one-sided contest. The second quarter was much closer for the home ‘hounds who were able to score 10 points to the Trojans 12, leaving the halftime score 28-14.

The third quarter is when Head Coach Brian Witzenburg’s squad hit full tilt, scoring 29 points while allowing just five to Fort Madison. Even though the fourth quarter was just 10-4 in favor of Fairfield, the Trojans had almost lapped the Bloodhounds a second time by the time the final buzzer echoed.

When all was said and done, Nicole Buch had 23 points, Shay Drish had 23 points, and the Fort Madison Bloodhound girls’ varsity basketball team and its’ 10 members who attempted at least one field goal had 23 points, collectively.

The sophomore Drish added three assists and three steals, while the Trojans all-time leading scorer Nicole Buch had three assists and four steals. Fellow guard, junior Ashley Bloomquist had a well-rounded game with seven points, five assists and three rebounds. Meanwhile, down low Kara Jeffrey had four points and five assists, Malory Jones had four points and three rebounds, and Destiney Gridley chipped in three points.

Future major contributor Darby Kaska also had three points in a rare appearance.

Fairfield must now wait to see if they will host 11-9 Mt. Pleasant or 13-6 Keokuk. The Trojans defeated the Panthers by five on the road and by four at home and split with the Chiefs, defeating Keokuk by 14 on the road Dec. 21, but losing 55-45 on senior/Nicole Buch scoring-record-night.

Tipoff is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the FHS gym.

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