Demon girls spoil Trojans’ plans
The jerseys were pink Friday at Fairfield High School.
T-shirts were emblazoned with pink. Socks were pink as well. So were the hair ties, scrunchies and neckties. Even the referee’s whistles followed the pink theme, and the theme was Trojans vs. Cancer.
Fairfield High School raised approximately $2,000 for the American Cancer Society of Iowa during Friday’s boys’ and girls’ basketball games. T-shirt and admission sales went toward the donated total, and so did the money raised by the duck toss, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Community First Credit Union donated a sizable amount to the cause as well.
The money raised could not help the Trojan girls’ toward victory. Washington (10-4, SEC) defeated Fairfield (8-7, 2-4 SEC) 58-51.
The Trojans jumped out to a 6-2 lead that was cut by a Dema Giardino 3-pointer. Grace Redlinger took over the rest of the quarter for Washington, scoring nine points in total.
“Redlinger played like the conference MVP tonight with her dribble drive,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “She collected offensive rebounds and turned them into put back points.”
Redlinger led the orange clad Demons with 21 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
“We knew Fairfield would be coming for us because of their win over Mt. Pleasant and because we beat them earlier in the season,” Redlinger said. “We had to focus on rebounding the ball because they’re much taller than us. The pace of the game went by fast and that’s the way we wanted to play it.”
Free throws would play a vital role in the Demons’ victory. Washington went 18-31 from the line. Late in the game, a few missed shots from the charity stripe kept the Trojans alive.
“We’re not a great free-throw-shooting team and we missed four or five at the end of the game where we could have really sealed the deal,” Washington coach Phil Long said.
Flattery wasn’t pleased with his team’s execution of the game plan.
“Going into the game one of our goals was to keep Washington off of the line because that is where they have been getting a lot of their points,” Flattery said. “We were not able to do that.”
Washington’s defense forced Fairfield into 27 turnovers. The Demons rank among the best teams in Class 4A in steals and recorded 14 in total.
Morgan Kimball and Addisen Shive both scored eight points. Giardino scored seven points and Stephanie Fishback scored six.
Sami Fritz led the Trojans with 11 points and five assists. Hanna Greiner recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mackenzie Flattery had nine points and grabbed five rebounds.
Washington will play on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Fort Madison. The Trojans play again Tuesday when they host No. 2 ranked Burlington Notre Dame.