Fairfield’s freshmen boys’ basketball team traveled to Keokuk Feb. 1 and hosted Centerville on Feb. 4, losing to their SEC rival Chiefs 39-32 and defeating the young Big Reds from Appanoose County 34-21.
“We trailed 10-9 after first quarter as Dylan Hunter hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer,” explained head coach Glenn Perkins. The second quarter saw Keokuk out score Fairfield 14-4 to take a 24-13 halftime lead.
The scoring drought continued in the third quarter and the Trojans trailed 33-17 heading into the fourth.
“Our tempo picked up as we rallied in the final quarter, outscoring the Chiefs 15-6. We had their lead down to five with 40 seconds remaining, but Keokuk made two free throws for the 39-32 final. We lost to the Chiefs 70-36 at home in early December, so this is a welcomed sign of improvement.”
Brad Woodburn nine, Carter Thompson and Anthony Vance six each, Dylan Hunter five, Evan Haines four and Seth Brader two
“Really solid defensive effort by the the ninth graders,” said Perkins of his team who trailed 2-0 before scoring the next eight points to hold a six point lead after one quarter. The Trojans slightly extended that advantage with a 5-0 run in the final minute of the first half to take a 17-10 lead into the locker room. In the third quarter, the Trojans maintained a seven point lead at 26-19 before almost doubling their difference in the fourth when they out paced the Big Reds 8-2 for the 13 point victory.
“The last quarter was another good example of our focus on defense as Centerville was held to two points,” said a proud Perkins.
Evan Haines 15, Carter Thompson 6, Dylan Hunter 6, Ethan Hunger 3, Anthony Vance and Brad Woodburn two points each.