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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2017

Fairfield overcomes slow start to win

By Justin Webster | Dec 06, 2017
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Senior Ashtyn Drish breathes a sigh of relief after a tougher than normal win for the Lady Trojans at home versus Ottumwa.

The struggle was real for the Lady Trojans early in their home non-conference matchup with Ottumwa Tuesday, a game they eventually won 68-57.

The two-time defending SEC player of the year, Nicole Buch, was honest when asked about the “questionable calls” that the crowd felt went against Fairfield.

“It was definitely frustrating. In the last three games, we really haven’t had refs that have called a lot, and we’ve gotten away with ticky-tacky fouls. We knew right away we weren’t going to get away with that tonight, so we had to find ways to get around it.”

While the Trojans were able to adjust, Shay Drish admitted that there was concern amonst the team.

“It definitely was a rough start. I was feeling a little nervous at the beginning of the game, and I felt the team feel it too,” she said.

Although Fairfield held around a double-digit lead for most of the second half, there seemed to be this cautious feeling that the Trojans needed to hurry up and close out the victory before anything resembling an upset by the Bulldogs could occur.

For Buch, it’s as simple as hitting good shots.

“When shots start falling, that gets me and the rest of the team going, so I just focus on ‘keep making shots.’”

When it comes to figuring out who’s going to lead the Trojans offensive charge, Buch takes on that responsibility, too.

“I think we’re pretty honest with each other,” said the senior leader. “Sometimes, I’ll ask them, because as the point guard, I’m the one that needs to get the ball to them. I feel we’re all good at saying, ‘I’m not feeling it today,’ or ‘Let’s go!’ and that helps, too.

The 5-0 Trojans will try to improve to 2-0 in SEC play Friday night when they lead off the girl/boy basketball doubleheader at Washington versus the Demons.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Washington High School.

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