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Donley’s 21-point effort lifts Lady Lions past East Clinton

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

It was a big-time performance by Fairfield senior Faith Donley as she collected 21 points en route to a Lady Lions road win at East Clinton on Thursday night, winning by a 48-35 score. 

The non-conference win by Fairfield not only saw FHS win by 13 points in Clinton County, but the Lady Lions scored 20 of their 48 points in the first half, with a 9-6 lead after the first quarter. After outscoring ECHS 11-8 in the second, the Lady Lions led 20-14 at halftime. 

FHS added 20 points in the third frame, as they built a 40-25 lead after three quarters with East Clinton scoring 11 points in the third. The final quarter saw ECHS score 10 points and FHS added eight points to their lead. 

Donley led Fairfield with the aforementioned 21 points, with those points coming off seven two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and she was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also collected two rebounds, six assists, five steals and one block. 

Kelsey Clark followed with 10 points, making two 3-pointers and two two-point baskets. 

Scoring eight points each were Rilee Quickle and Isabelle Hale, as each player made four two-point baskets. Quickle also finished with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Hale totaled two rebounds, one steal and one assist. 

Rounding out the scoring was Kassi Miller with one points, plus she added three rebounds and three steals. 

Also for FHS, Jaeden Drury had two rebounds, Vivian Henninger collected three rebounds and one assist, plus McKinley Cox finished the game with a block. 

As a team, the Lady Lions shot 31.7 percent from the field, made three 3-pointers, were 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, plus they added 22 rebounds, 12 assists, 18 steals, four blocks and committed 15 turnovers. 

The win improves Fairfield to 3-5 overall, and currently they are 2-4 in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, third place in Division II of the SHAC.