Ella Newkirk is pictured in a game earlier this season for the Lady Lions. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Ella Newkirk is pictured in a game earlier this season for the Lady Lions. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
All was going well for the Fairfield Lady Lions in the first half of their road Southern Hills Athletic Conference game at Peebles on Thursday night, but the second half is where the momentum and win went to the home team.

The Lady Indians of Peebles (6-1, 10-1) stepped up their level of play in the second half to defeat the visiting Lady Lions by a final score of 71-55, in a game where Fairfield led at halftime and trailed by only five points at the end of the third frame.

The first half in the scoring column was excellent for the Lady Lions with the team leading 17-8 at the end of the first frame. FHS scored their points with eight of them from Ella Newkirk, including three two-point field goals and two free-throw conversions. Also in the first, Emma Fouch scored five points by sinking a 3-pointer and a two-point basket.

Peyton Magee sank a first-quarter 3-pointer, and Madison Bronner scored a point with a free throw made.

Newkirk and Magee each led Fairfield with 12 points each in the game.

Fairfield (4-3, 8-6) added 13 more points to their total in the second for a halftime lead of 30-26, as Peebles started to heat up with 18 points in the same quarter. Fairfield had seven of their points in the second scored by Magee, while Bronner scored three points, Haines collected two points, and Newkirk had one point. Nine of Fairfield’s 13 points in the second were scored from the free-throw line.

Peebles took the lead in the third quarter with a 25-16 frame, with the Lady Lions of Fairfield having Newkirk, Fouch, Magee, Bronner and Haines all reach the scoring column in the frame.

The fourth frame saw FHS score nine points, with seven from Hailey Tolle and two by Fouch.

Fouch and Bronner each totaled nine points in the loss, while Tolle totaled seven points and Haines had six points.

Peebles’ Jacey Justice led all scorers with 31 points as she collected seven two-point baskets, three 3-pointers and she was 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Twenty-nine of her 31 points were scored in the final three quarters.

Lilly Gray came in with 22 points for the Lady Indians, as she totaled eight two-point baskets and was 6-of-10 in her free throw attempts. Tatum Arey followed with 10 points for Peebles, and Harlee Wilkerson finished with eight points.

The game also included Peebles totaling 22 two-point baskets as a team, along with three 3-pointers, and they were 18-of-25 as a team from the free-throw line. Fairfield totaled 15 two-point field goals, two 3-pointers and they were 19-of-34 in their free-throw shooting attempts.