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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2018

Trojan girls lose to rival Keokuk

By Justin Webster | Feb 05, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Ashtyn Drish slaps hands with junior Malory Jones after being announced during the starting lineups Friday at FHS for senior night.

The Keokuk girls’ basketball team improved to 12-6 on the season with a 55-45 upset win over No. 11 ranked Fairfield.

The loss drops the Trojans to 15-4, but Nicole Buch understands there is a silver lining.

“I think this loss is as good as it can get for us,” said the senior leader. “We’ll learn a lot going into the round games, because these are the types of teams that we are going to have to compete against. We’re already ready for the second round. Whether it’s Keokuk or Mt. Pleasant, I think we’re ready and we’re going to be a whole other team in two weeks.

Head Coach Brian Witzenburg was is trying to be optimistic as well.

“Keokuk did a great job with their pressure defense, making it tough for us to get off shots. Hopefully, we’ll be able to use this as a bit of a wake up call heading into the post season.”

Buch finished the game with 14 points and three assists, while fellow senior Ashtyn Drish had three points and four rebounds. Sophomore Shay Drish had six points and two boards, while Malory Jones had six The team now has two weeks to prepare for their two-game “road-to-state” that will start at home versus either Mt. Pleasant, or more likely, Keokuk on Feb. 17 before a road trip to No. 4 North Scott Feb. 20 in the Class 4A region 5 final.

“We know the road to state isn’t going to be an easy task,” said Witzenburg. He continued, “We need to roll up our sleeves and finish the regular season strong and get some momentum heading into the post season.”

Fairfield travels to Knoxville Tuesday night and Fort Madison Friday before an eight day break to relax, recuperate, and refocus.

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