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Clean sweep for eighth-grade girls

By Justin Webster | Nov 28, 2017
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo No. 11 Danielle Breen stretches wide on defense during the “A” team’s 53-16 victory over Ottumwa Monday night at the middle school.

The eighth grade girls’ basketball team looks to continue the winning ways of past female Fairfield basketball squads as they power through their season.

The “A” team was not very hospitable to their guests from Ottumwa, giving them a 53-16 wallop in front of a packed gym at Fairfield Middle School Monday.

Delaney Breen led all scorers and stealers with 14 points, seven steals and three rebounds. Hannah Simpson was right behind with 13 points, while grabbing a team high nine rebounds. Danielle Breen netted nine points while making three steals.

Anna Dunlap rolled double sevens with seven boards and seven steals. Hannah Bergren had four points, Mallory Lyon grabbed six rebounds and made one steal. Branley Allison doubled up with two points, two rebounds and two steals. Jenna Norris also had two points and two steals.

Head Coach Angie Lamb said, “I liked our intensity. We’re working on denying the wing passes and really getting after the opponent on defense, so I was pleased with that.”

She added one thing to work on. “We need to be able to adjust to having a zone played against us, and being patient with that. If we’re being picked up man-to-man, we need to use back door cuts and things like that.”

The “B” team was somehow even more dominant, winning 29-4. Jenna Norris was a force, scoring 15 points, grabbing five steals with aggressive defensive pressure, picking up the ball handler at mid-court, and she also had the strawberry of the night sliding to a stop in front of the jaw ajar Ottumwa bench. She had to leave the game in the second half with an apparent leg injury, but returned as the team energizer a few minutes later and added to her team-high totals. Emma Clubb added four points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Sarah McAvan had a balanced performance with four points and five boards. Jayden Burke chipped in two points and three rebounds and Hailey Triska grabbed four rebounds also.

Coach Lamb was pleased with the teams’ offensive performance. “I liked their ability to go to the rim when they got a steal. They weren’t afraid to look to score,” she said.

Even though the Trojans only allowed four points, Ottumwa’s offense was not exactly potent, and Coach Lamb thinks Fairfield could have done even better.

“Defensively, we need to know where the ball is at all times. If it’s on the weak side, having help defense slide across. They’re getting a lot better and I’m proud of them.”

When asked if the junior high teams are coached to be groomed for the varsity teams style, or coached based on their own preferred style, Coach Lamb said, “We visit with our varsity head coach, Brian Witzenburg, and his staff so it kind of filters down with what they’re looking for, but obviously we have different personel than the high school, and so we may adjust it a little bit.”

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