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Fairfield wins by 16 points over Eastern; falls to Wheelersburg

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Fairfield Lady Lions defended their home court and did so in Southern Hills Athletic Conference action on Thursday (Feb. 1), as they defeated the Eastern Lady Warriors, 59-43.

The game was close following the first frame with Fairfield taking a 16-11 advantage for a five-point lead after the opening eight minutes of play. 

Next, Fairfield extended their five-point lead to a 31-16 score — a 15-point advantage — as halftime arrived, outscoring the Lady Warriors 15-5 in the second quarter. 

Eastern won the third frame at 11-7, and the fourth quarter saw a combined 37 points, with FHS winning the frame at 21-16.

Three Fairfield players scored at least 10 points in the win, with Faith Donley leading the way with 20 points, making two 3-pointers and six two-point baskets, plus she was 2-of-4 from the free-throw line. 

Kelsey Clark scored 11 points in the SHAC win for Fairfield, with her points coming off a 3-pointer, three two-point baskets and Clark was 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. 

Rilee Quickle earned 10 points for FHS, as she also made one 3-pointer, three two-point baskets and a free throw. 

Fairfield also had seven points from Meri Jackson, six points by Kassi Miller (two 3-pointers), three points from Isabelle Hale and Vivian Henninger scored two points. 

Clark led FHS with eight rebounds, Donley led with six assists and five steals, and Clark had one block. 

The Fairfield team totals were 21 rebounds, 13 assists, 16 steals and one block and they committed 18 turnovers. 

Their next game was this past Saturday (Feb. 3), as they lost a home non-conference game to the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates, 41-19. 

In the loss, FHS trailed 10-8 after the first quarter and 20-13 at halftime after being outscored 10-5 in the second quarter. 

The second half saw Wheelersburg score 21 points with a 14-point third frame and seven points in the fourth quarter. Fairfield in the final two quarters scored four points in the third and two points in the final frame. 

Donley led FHS with eight points, followed by Clark with seven, and scoring two points each were Hale and Quickle. 

FHS finished with 34 rebounds, with Hale leading with eight, and next was Henninger with seven. 

The win and loss by Fairfield move them to 5-7 in the SHAC Division II standings and 7-13 overall.