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Buch halfway to record

Nicole Buch has increased her scoring average each year after scoring 307 points as a freshman for the 2014-15 Fairfield Trojans, good for 13.3 points per game for a team that went 17-6 after losing 69-50 at Carlisle in the playoffs.


As a sophomore in 2015-16, Buch added 336 points to her career total, good for 16.0 ppg as she claimed her first SEC Player of the Year award for the 16-7 Lady Trojans. Last season, as a high school junior in 2016-17, Nicole raised her totals again while claiming her second consecutive conference Player of the Year award. Buch tallied 367 points, good for 16.7 ppg for a 16-6 squad that was upset in their third matchup versus SEC rival Keokuk, 48-45 at home, after beating the Chiefs by a combined 28 points in their first two meetings.


In her first three seasons of varsity basketball, Buch accumulated 1,010 points, two SEC POTY awards and a college scholarship to play at the next level for Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri beginning this fall.


To pass Amy Breen?s record of 1,391 points that has stood since 1993, Buch needed to score 381 points during the 2017-18 campaign to tie the record and obviously 382 to claim it as her own.


Here are the points totals for Buch?s 10 games so far this season.


 


17 vs. Liberty


26 vs. Oskaloosa


12 vs. Mount Pleasant*


26 vs. Waterloo West


22 vs. Ottumwa


27 vs. Washington*


11 vs. Pella


9 vs. Kennedy


22 vs. Keokuk*


18 vs. Fort Madison*


*denotes SEC game


 


If Buch were to maintain her current 19.0 ppg average, she would need two points to pass the record in her final regular season game, a conference roadtrip to Fort Madison on Feb. 9. Unfortunately, six of the remaining 11 games on the Trojans schedule are on the road, including three of the last four games, with the exception being Feb. 2 when Fairfield will host senior night at FHS.


For Buch to score the record setting point in front of her friends and family in Jefferson County, Nicole will need to average 21.33 ppg during the next nine games, including her final home game if she wants to set the mark on senior night.