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Neighbors Growing Together | Feb 24, 2018

Freshman boys win big over Chariton and Fort Madison

By Justin Webster | Feb 09, 2018
Photo by: Photo submitted by Heidi Bowman Fairfield freshman Xavier Kapijimpanga scored 17 points for the Trojans Thursday night.

Fairfield head boys’ basketball coach Mick Flattery mentioned after Tuesday’s win versus Chariton, that it wasn’t something the Trojans accomplished often, beating the Chargers specifically that is.

That means not only was the varsity victory impressive, but the freshman boys’ dominant 55-33 win was even better for the bright basketball future in Fairfield.

The Trojans scored the first nine points and led 11-2 at the end of eight minutes. Fairfield doubled their successful equation and increased their advantage to 22-4 over their visitors by the midway point of the second quarter, and 30-13 at the half.

Fairfield outscored their opponents once again in the third period, this time by a 14-11 margin, sending the game into the final frame with the score 44-24.

Winning big affords you luxuries like clearing your bench which is exactly what the Trojans did, getting all 10 members of the squad on the court at some point, with seventy percent of them scoring at least two points.

Scoring was: Blake Holden 14, Ethan Waugh 12, Landen Schafer seven, Xavier Kapijimpanga seven, Nathan Whitney six, Jeremy Crile five, and Kyle Jeffrey two.

Thursday was more of the same for the Trojan ninth graders, beating Fort Madison by 35 points.

A 6-0 lead for Fairfield turned into a 9-7 contest when the Bloodhounds rallied towards the end of the first quarter, but the Trojans scored the last five points of the period when Blake Holden hit two free throws and then Ethan Waugh nailed a half-courter at the buzzer to increase their lead to 14-7 after eight minutes.

Fairfield actually increased their advantage again when they outscored Fort Madison 17-6 in the second, taking a 31-13 lead into the break. Things got even better for the Trojans in the third when they tallied another 19 points, while only allowing four from the Bloodhounds. The final score after 32 minutes was 63-28 and not only did all 10 players see action, but nine of them scored. They were: Ethan Waugh 25 points, Xavier Kapijimpanga 17, Nathan Whitney six, Blake Holden four, Tysean Redd three, Landen Schaefer three, Kyle Jeffrey two, Jeremy Crile two and Ethan Nebinger one.

The freshmen will end their season Tuesday at Knoxville with tipoff scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

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