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Fairfield boys experience first two losses

Ferretti leads Trojans in scoring
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo Pella’s Garret Jansen (left) passes the ball back into a wall of Trojan defenders Saturday at Fairfield High School. The Trojans are, from left, Federico Ferretti, Landon Gamrath, Vince Horras, Matt Carr and Joseph Hietpas.

The Trojans exited a tough weekend of play 3-2 on the season after losses Friday at Washington and at home Saturday against Pella.

Fairfield entered Washington with an unblemished Southeast Conference record, but a slow start and poor shooting plagued the team. The Demons went on to win 69-55.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” Fairfield coach Tyler Miklo said. “We fought our way back after a sluggish start and we weren’t able to sustain the comeback.”

Washington held a 16-7 lead after the first quarter. Miklo believes slow starts have hurt his team so far this season.

“We have to find a way to get rid of these slow starts,” Miklo said. “We come out a little shell-shocked. We need to start playing the first four minutes as tough as we play the last four minutes.”

The second quarter belonged to Fairfield. The Trojans went on a 20-9 run and led by four at halftime. A slow start to the second half gave Washington the upper hand once again.

Federico Ferretti scored 18 points to lead all scorers. Landon Gamrath grabbed 13 rebounds and was one of the four Trojans that scored eight points.

Pella came to Fairfield on Saturday feeling the same way the Trojans felt. The Dutch (4-1) lost its first game of the season Friday as well when it fell to Dallas Center-Grimes.

“They were like us,” Miklo said. “Both teams were coming off a disappointing loss and really wanted the win. I’m disappointed for our kids we didn’t get it done.”

Gamrath and Vince Horras scored the first two baskets of the game to give Fairfield a 4-0 lead. The slow start bug bit the Trojans again, however, as Pella would score 14 unanswered points. Ferretti killed the Dutch rally by scoring Fairfield’s next 11 points and pulling the Trojans within four by the end of the first quarter. Ferretti scored 21 points on the night and tied Horras for the team high in rebounds with six.

“He has a lot of natural ability and isn’t shy about shooting the ball,” Miklo said. “He really carried us early when some of the guys were struggling.”

The game as tied at 50 entering the fourth quarter, but foul trouble hindered the rest of the game. Fairfield only scored six points in the final frame. Pella went on to win 68-56.

Horras scored 12 points. Fellow starting senior Joe Hietpas scored five points and managed two assists.

Fairfield will look to get back in the win column Tuesday when it travels to Davis County.

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