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Lady Lions lose road game at Fayetteville

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Fairfield had two single-digit scoring quarters which ultimately led to their Southern Hills Athletic Conference loss Monday night (Dec. 18) to the host Fayetteville Lady Rockets, 56-41. 

The Lady Lions trailed 14-10 after the first quarter, and after being outscored 25-8 in the second frame, it was Fairfield down 39-18 at halftime. 

In the second half, FHS scored 16 points in the third and seven points in the fourth quarter. Fayetteville was held to six points in the third, but added 11 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Fairfield by 15 points. 

Faith Donley led FHS with 21 points, as the senior was 11-of-15 from the free-throw line, and she made five two-point baskets. She also added one rebound, one assist, five steals and one block. 

Kelsey Clark followed with 12 points, sinking a 3-pointer, plus adding four two-point baskets and one free throw. The junior also had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. 

Rilee Quickle finished with four points, while teammates Kassi Miller and Meri Jackson each scored two points. 

Quickle’s other totals included one rebound, one steal and one block. Miller totaled three rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Jackson collected three rebounds, and Isabelle Hale totaled three rebounds and a steal. 

As a team, the Lady Lions shot 29.2 percent from the field, made one 3-pointer and were 12-of-18 from the free-throw line. Other team totals included 19 rebounds, six assists, 12 steals and five blocks, and they committed 20 turnovers. 

Fayetteville was led in scoring by Lilly Carter with 18 points and Riley Kleemeyer with 15 points. 

The Lady Rockets shot 32.3 percent from the field, with 47 rebounds, six assists, 16 steals and three blocks, and they committed 24 turnovers. 

The loss sends FHS to a 2-3 SHAC Division II record with an overall record of 2-4. 

Fayetteville stands at 3-2 in the SHAC and 4-2 overall.