Trojans split with Osky

Fairfield girls win big, boys fall to defending champions

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Fairfield's Nathan Whitney handles the ball during the Trojans' home opener against Oskaloosa on Tuesday night.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Fairfield's Nathan Whitney handles the ball during the Trojans' home opener against Oskaloosa on Tuesday night.

FAIRFIELD — It was the tale of two stories at Fairfield High School on Tuesday night. In the girls’ portion of the season-opening doubleheader, Fairfield ran past Oskaloosa 56-17. In the boys’ portion of the night, the defending Class 3A champion Oskaloosa boys won 67-45.

The girls game was tight early on. Oskaloosa had a 3-0 lead early but it was quickly erased. The Trojans led 11-7 after the first period and then turned it on in the second to double up the Indians by halftime, leading 24-12.

Fairfield began to run away with the game in the third quarter. The Trojan defense skunked Oskaloosa all period long and Fairfield won the quarter 21-0 to take a commanding 45-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Trojans continued to pull away in the fourth and ended up holding the Indians to just five second half points.

Head coach Jeff Miller, who picked up his first win after a 12-year absense from being a varsity basketball coach said his young squad impressed once they got their feet under them. “Two of our starters have no varsity experience and one of them just has a little bit. Our two seniors are the ones that have all the experience,” Coach Miller said. “I talked to them before the game and I said, ‘We’re going to come out and our hearts are going to be going 100 miles an hour. Our minds are going to be going 90 miles an hour, and you need to slow it down to 55. That’s kind of what happened, and then once we started playing and going up and down the court (we played better).”

Shay Drish led the way with 17 points. Danielle Breen had 12. Delaney Breen and Destiny Gridley scored eight each. Darby Kaska had five, and both Mallory Lyon and Hannah Simpson scored three.

Next up was the boys, and they had a tough matchup with Iowa State commit Xavier Foster on the other end. Despite that, the Trojans did a decent job of staying with them in the first quarter, trailing 12-10 after one.

The Indians pulled away in the second quarter, leading 34-18 at the half, despite a deep three-pointer from Landon Kooiker at the second quarter buzzer.

Oskaloosa was able to keep a double-digit lead throughout the second half. The Indians led 55-38 before eventually running away with a 22-point win.

“I thought our guys played really good half-court defense (but) one quarter killed us,” head coach Mick Flattery said. “They had a lot of runouts, but I thought we did a lot of good things in terms of running our game plan.”

Elan Ledger led the squad with 11 points on the night. Kooiker ended the night with nine. Drew Martin, Carter Ferrel and Maxwell Weaton scored six each. Nathan Whitney had five points, and Tate Allen scored three.

Foster ended up with 31 points to lead Oskaloosa, and made quite the difference on the defensive end as well.

“He’s seven-foot, with a 7’5” wingspan,” Coach Flattery said. “It’s hard to practice for that. I’ve got a 6’5” assistant coach, I guess I could have put my other 6’3” assistant on his shoulders, but it’s a unique situation that they have.”

The Fairfield girls are now 1-0 to start the year, and the boys are 0-1. The Trojans will take on Washington on Friday, Dec. 6, with the girls playing at Washington and the boys playing in Fairfield.