Fairfield head girls? basketball coach Brian Witzenburg has said all season that his squad fears no one and they understand their playoff road will be tough, regardless of the path the Trojans take.
The Iowa Girl?s High School Athletic Union has released their eight district brackets for Class 4A, with six teams competing for a spot at the state tournament from each region.
Fairfield, ranked No. 11 in 4A, received a first-round bye and will play the winner of the Mt. Pleasant at Keokuk game that will played on Valentine?s Day. The Panther/Chiefs survivor will than travel to Fairfield Saturday, Feb. 17 for a 7 p.m. matchup to see who will face the other half of the bracket in the substate final. The top half of our bracket will likely be won by No. 4 ranked North Scott who will host the winner of the Fort Madison at Washington game in Eldridge, also on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
If Fairfield and North Scott both survive, the Trojans would travel to Eldridge on Tuesday Feb. 20 with the winner advancing to the state tournament in Des Moines. If the Trojans win and North Scott loses, Fairfield would host the substate final on Feb. 20 versus either Washington or Fort Madison.
Each of the eight regions in Class 2A are comprised of twelve schools, including the three smaller schools The Fairfield Ledger covers: Cardinal, Pekin and Van Buren.
Region 2 features two ranked teams, No. 8 Grundy Center on the top half of the bracket and No. 12 20-2 Pekin on the bottom half. The Panthers received a first-round bye and will play the winner of Alburnett at Highland which will be played this Saturday in Riverside. The winner will travel to Pekin for the regional quarterfinal Tuesday Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
If the Panthers survive as expected, the will move on to face the Belle Plaine/East Marshall versus Pella Christian. If seeding holds, Pekin would face Pella Christian in Eddyville on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the regional semi-final. A win versus the Eagles would set up a matchup with Grundy Center or the top half representative Monday Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in LeGrand with the winner advancing to the state tournament at Wells Fargo in Des Moines.
Van Buren and Cardinal
The two southernmost schools in The Fairfield Ledger?s coverage area were paired together in the bottom half of the Class 2A region 5 bracket.
Van Buren will host SEISC foe West Burlington Saturday at 7 p.m., while Cardinal will travel to fellow SEISC opponent Danville at the same time. A win for the Warriors will set up a matchup at Mediapolis Tuesday Feb. 13, while a Comets victory will send them to Sigourney to face the Cobras. If both teams win two games each, they would face each other in Mediapolis on Friday Feb. 16th.
Van Buren Head Coach Matt Zietler has said all season that he feels that Sigourney, Mediapolis and Pekin would be the toughest teams in the south half of the state and the Warriors will have to take down 2/3 of those teams to reach the regional finals Feb. 19 in Riverside.