Lions crush Cats 78-61


By Robert Stegbauer - [email protected]



Fairfield’s Jensen Daulton, the game’s high scorer on Tuesday night, brings the ball up the court for his team.


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Fairfield’s Wyatt Harris goes up for a shot among Whiteoak defenders in Tuesday night’s game.


Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield Lions traveled to Whiteoak High School on Tuesday night for a cross-county, Southern Hills Athletic Conference matchup with the Whiteoak Wildcats and beat them with ease with a final of 78-61.

The Lions got out early and often as the game began, taking a commanding 19-8 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Lions added even more to their lead with a solid eight points from Wyatt Harris and threes from both Ethan Putnam and Jensen Daulton to score 21 points in the second frame and take a 40-20 lead into the half.

The Wildcats turned it on in the second half, finally matching Fairfield on almost every basket, but had dug themselves a hole impossible to get out of. Even after outscoring Fairfield 41-38 in the second half, the Wildcats took the loss and Fairfield went back home with a 78-61 victory.

“We talked about attacking the paint tonight and we did,” said Lions head coach Everett Snyder after the game. “Usually, we come out and settle for the three point shot and even though we were hitting some there early, our gameplan was to attack the paint, especially when we have [Wyatt] Harris.

“[Wyatt] Harris probably had one of his best games here tonight. Jensen [Daulton] i think had an excellent game. He had some nice assists down low to Harris and he penetrated into the bigs there and was also able to hit some three pointers. Jesse Current filled in for Wyatt Evans tonight. Wyatt got sick on the bus on the way here, so Jesse got the start for him. I think he played a real big game.”

“Getting out to that big lead gave us a chance to do some of the things offensively that we wanted to do. We probably ran about 10 different offenses against their man set. We’ve had a couple games here lately where teams just played us zone so we needed to get back to where we could run the offensive set against the man-to-man.”

Box:

FHS – 19 21 21 17 – 78

WHS – 8 12 20 21 – 61

Fairfield: Daulton 4(3) 4/4 – 21; J. Current 6 3/4 – 15; Harris 7 – 14; Putnam 4(1) – 11; Walker 1 (1) 3/3 – 8; Lamb 2 – 4; Gragg (1) – 3; Lamme 1 – 2. Totals: 25(6) 10/11 – 78.

Whiteoak: Ashbaugh 6 6/6 – 18; Yeager 4(2) – 14; Carraher 1(2) 1/2 – 9; Martin 2 – 4; Burns 4/4 – 4; McClure 1 1/1 – 3; Marler 1 1/1 – 3; Crowe 1 – 2; Skinner 1 – 2; Ross 1 – 2. Totals: 18(4) 13/14 – 61.

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Fairfield’s Jensen Daulton, the game’s high scorer on Tuesday night, brings the ball up the court for his team.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Daulton1.jpgFairfield’s Jensen Daulton, the game’s high scorer on Tuesday night, brings the ball up the court for his team. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Fairfield’s Wyatt Harris goes up for a shot among Whiteoak defenders in Tuesday night’s game.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Harris.jpgFairfield’s Wyatt Harris goes up for a shot among Whiteoak defenders in Tuesday night’s game. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

By Robert Stegbauer

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