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Lions lose past 2 games to Rockets, Panthers

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Fairfield Lions boys basketball team has lost their past two games in a span of five days, as they fell on Friday (Feb. 2) to the Fayetteville Rockets, and on Tuesday (Feb. 6) against the Miami Trace Panthers, as both games took place at Grandle Gymnasium in Leesburg. 

Friday’s game against Fayetteville was a Southern Hills Athletic Conference contest, where the Rockets defeated the Lions by one point at 49-48. 

The Lions led after the first quarter and at halftime as they held a 17-9 lead after the first frame, and following each team scoring 16 points in the second quarter, it was Fairfield with a 33-25 lead. 

The second half is where things began to unravel for the Lions, mostly in the third quarter, as they were outscored by Fayetteville, 12-2, leaving the Rockets in front by a 37-35 score. The Lions won the fourth quarter at 13-12, but were one point short of tying the score, leaving them with their second SHAC and overall loss of the season. 

Fayetteville was led in scoring by Caleb Tipis with 18 points and Charlie Coffman with nine points. 

The Rockets totaled nine two-point baskets, nine 3-pointers and they were 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. 

For Fairfield, Larkin Friend led the way with 19 points, making eight two-point baskets and a 3-pointer, while Logan McIntosh totaled 13 points, totaling five two-point buckets and a 3-pointer. 

The rest of the Fairfield scoring included Trey House (eight), Gabe Fouch (five) and Cade Miller (three). 

Fairfield totaled 18 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and they didn’t attempt a free-throw shot. 

On Tuesday (Feb. 6) in non-conference action, the Lions lost to the visiting Miami Trace Panthers, 40-38. This was Fairfield’s third loss in their past four games, as before this span of four games had won 39 consecutive games. 

During the Tuesday night game at FHS, Miami Trace — of the Frontier Athletic Conference — led 6-5 after the first quarter, and when the Lions were outscored in the second quarter at 13-10, it was the Panthers leading at halftime, 19-15. 

FHS won the third frame at 14-9, but were outscored in the fourth frame at 12-9, leading to the two-point loss. 

Miami Trace (14-6) was led by Adam Guthrie with 23 points, as he collected 20 of his points off 10 two-point baskets and he was 3-of-7 from the free-throw line. 

The rest of the MTHS scoring included Bryson Osbourne (nine), Grant Guess (six) and Austin Boedeker (two). In all for the Panthers, they totaled 15 two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and as a team they finished 7-of-15 from the free-throw line. 

As for the Lions, Logan McIntosh led Fairfield with 14 points, making four two-point field goals and two 3-pointers.

Trey House finished with 10 points for Fairfield, making three two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and he finished 1-of-3 from the free-throw line. 

The rest of the Lions’ scoring included Larkin Friend (six), Gabe Fouch (five) and Cade Miller (three). 

FHS finished the game with 11 two-point baskets, five 3-pointers, and they were 1-of-3 from the free-throw line. 

Following the two games, the Lions are 17-3 overall.