Girls get in groove versus Fort Madison

The Fairfield girls? basketball team can?t be expected to dominate all 32 minutes of every game. However, they?re usually able to bulldog their opponents around most of the time and that?s what they did Friday night to Fort Madison by whalloping them 58-19 at FHS.

Head Coach Brian Witzenburg talked about his team?s work over the break that led to Friday?s performance.

?Over break, we spent a lot of time on our man defense and we did not do what we really wanted to in the first quarter, but in the second quarter we got going offensively from our zone press and that got us going.?

The Trojans led by just six at the end of one period, but outscored the Bloodhounds 24-4 in the second, giving them an 36-10 advantage at the half.

Witzy explained what happened, ?In the third quarter, we came out and played man defense just as well as we had over winter break and shut them out for those eight minutes. That is a result of hard work both on and off the ball. We?re getting better at that and that?s going to be a big weapon for us as we move along through the season and hopefully into the postseason.?

Fairfield scored 19 points in the third while allowing zero by Fort Madison, leaving the score 55-10 entering the final quarter.

The Bloodhounds kept up as best they could against the end of the Lady Trojans? bench, but were still outscored 10-9 in the fourth.

Three Trojans scored in double-digits. Nicole Buch had a team high 18 points and was second in steals with seven. Destiny Gridley had 13 points, four rebounds and a steal, and Malory Jones chipped in 10 points, a team high eight boards and two steals.

The Trojans are now 8-2 with 11 regular season games remaining. Tuesday night, Fairfield travels to Monroe to face the 4-6 Praire City-Monroe Mustangs. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.