By Justin Webster
The Trojan girls? basketball team hosted Washington Friday night for an SEC matchup, and the community of Fairfield for their annual Coaches vs. Cancer event in conjunction with the boys? team and school officials.
On the court, Head Coach Brian Witzenburg and his team improved to 11-3 overall and 6-0 in conference play with a 65-50 victory, while the Demons dropped to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the SEC competition.
After eight minutes of play, Fairfield led by just a single point, 13-12, but during the second quarter the Trojans started to pull away and extended their lead to nine over Washington by the break.
The third period was more of the same with Fairfield outscoring the Demons 21-10, giving the away team a 51-31 deficit to try to overcome in the final frame Friday night.
The Demons did outscore the Trojans 19-14, but it was too little, too late.
?I thought we played really good for three quarters,? said Demon leader Jordan Bentley. He continued, ?You can pick out which quarter we had a little breakdown in, but I thought we competed really well for those three.?
The Trojans skipper was happy his team ran a little more than they have been.
?We pushed the ball a little bit better tonight. We haven?t been doing that lately, so we wanted to play a little bit faster.?
As for his team pulling their foot off the gas a little bit late in the game?
?As we grow as a team, we can?t get sloppy at the end of games and let the team feel they still have a chance.?
Witzenburg was pleased with one of his slender stars throwing her weight around down low.
?I am super thrilled with the way Kara Jeffrey is playing basketball. She?s more aggressive, she?s more assertive, and it doesn?t always have to be when she has the ball.?
Jeffrey herself has been working on her post play with fellow bunker mate, Malory Jones.
?Malory and I have been working on our post moves, and that?s helped a lot. Pushing the ball more offensively has also helped get more points for everybody.? She continued, ?Since Malory and I are skinny, we work with Witz on positioning and rebounding drills and that kind of thing.?
Jeffrey and Jones each had four points, while senior Nicole Buch lead all scorers with 28. Sophomore Shay Drish added 15 while her senior sister Ashtyn tallied eight.
The Demons were led by seniors Sarah Nacos who totaled 23 points, and Morgan Brinning who added 11. Sophomore Addison six didn?t score for Washington, but led all rebounders with 10 boards.
Moving forward, Coach Bentley said it?s about coming together as a team.
?We just need to play to our roles and play to our strengths and not have mental breakdowns. I think the biggest thing defensively was allowing Fairfield to get behind us which led to transition scoring. When you?re down seven already, you can?t afford to just exchange buckets.?
As for Fairfield, they have more on their mind than just the next seven games, starting tonight at FHS versus Van Buren.
?We don?t really need to go undefeated, but it?s good to go into the postseason on a roll, said Witz. ?The one we lost on Saturday [at Cedar Rapids Xavier] was the important one.?
Washington will host Ottumwa Tuesday before traveling to Keokuk Friday with the boys? team.