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Lions move to 7-0 by defeating Peebles

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Fairfield Lions continued to add to their overall and Southern Hills Athletic Conference win totals for the 2023-24 season on Tuesday night, this time defeating the Peebles Indians at Grandle Gymnasium, 58-39. 

The score was close in the first half with the Lions (5-0, 7-0) leading 13-9 after the first quarter and 20-18 at halftime, as Peebles won the second quarter at 9-7. 

The second half was a whole different story with FHS outscoring the Indians 20-7 in the third and 18-14 in the fourth quarter for the 19-point win. 

The Lions’ leading scorer was Larkin Friend with 16 points, with the senior making three 3-pointers, three two-point baskets and he went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. 

In all, eight Fairfield players reached the scoring column, including Trey House and Gabe Fouch each with eight points. House scored four two-point baskets, while Fouch made two 3-pointers and a two-point field goal. 

Coming in with seven points each were Cade Miller and Chase Newman, as Miller made two 3-pointers and a free throw, and Newman sank a two-point basket, a 3-pointer and was 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. 

Logan McIntsoh totaled six points off three baskets for the Lions, while both Dane Hodson and Janre Lerio each sank a 3-pointer for three points each in the win. 

As a team, the Lions totaled 11 two-point field goals, 10 3-pointers and were 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. 

The win moves FHS to 5-0 in the SHAC Division II standings and 7-0 overall. Peebles is now 2-2 in the Division I SHAC standings and 4-2 overall. 

Next for the Lions is a SHAC road game on Friday, Dec. 22 on the road at Fayetteville. Fayetteville currently stands at 1-3 in the SHAC and 2-4 overall.