Lady Eagles Finish Season with a Win PDF  ICON_SEP Print ICON_SEP  E-mail
Written by Scott Batts/Photography by Melissa Lee   
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sports_fairfield_girls_basketball_big_jump_021517Lady Eagle Josie Richardson shoots for two and puts the Eagles ahead again.

The Fairfield Lady Eagles ended the regular season in a battle on the road with the Palestine Ladycats.  While both teams were headed to the postseason, there was still a lot to play for.
The third and fourth place seeding in District 18-4A was up for grabs and the winner in Palestine would avoid the District 17 champion.
The teams went into the game with aggressive defenses and the officials made it known that the whistle would be blown frequently.  Both teams were in the double bonus with 36 seconds remaining in the first period.  Mikayla Thurman nailed three of four free throws and a three pointer in the frame.  DaMeka Shed also added a three and it weathered the late hot shooting from the Ladycats.  Fairfield led 15-12 at the end of the first period.
Shed hit a short jumper to begin the second period but they would find baskets difficult to find for the remainder of the half.  Destiny Matthews had a terrible night shooting free throws when the teams met in Fairfield, but she hit seven of eight in the second period and attempted all 15 Ladycat free throws in the first half.  Palestine doubled the output of Fairfield in the second period and took the lead into halftime break with a score of 28-23.
Fairfield would draw close in the early stages of the second half.  Kierra Birdow had a lay up to get to within three points at 30-27 with three minutes remaining.  The Lady Eagle defense began to take hold of the game when Shed had four steals and finished them with a pair of three pointers.  Fairfield shaved three points off the lead heading into the final eight minutes, trailing 35-33.
Shed hit a pair of free throws to tie the score at 35-35 with 7:44 remaining in the game and Thurman had a steal and score to give the Lady Eagles their first lead since 12-11 in the first period.  Matthews quickly score to tie the game again but Josey Richardson answered with a score on a pass from Shed.  Brandi Carter hit one out two free throws and Shed scored on a pair of them and the lead grew to 42-39.  Matthews kept the game close but good free throw shooting kept the margin and the Lady Eagles earned a 46-42 win.
Destiny Matthews scored 22 to lead all scorers and Shed scored 21 for the Lady Eagles and had six steals.  There were a total of 44 fouls called in the contest and there were 57 attempted free throws.
Madisonville is the District 18-4A champions and the Mexia Ladycats are the runner up.  The Lady Eagles finished third and Palestine takes fourth.  The Fairfield Lady Eagles will take on the District 17-4A runner up LaVega Lady Pirates.  The game was Monday in Bremond so the playoff report will be in next week’s edition.

sports_fairfield_girls_basketball_pic1_021517A close battle to the end, Demeka Shed’s expression says it all, as the Fairfield Lady Eagle looks at the scoreboard during the game against Palestine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sports_fairfield_basketball_scoreboard_021517The lead went back and forth, with the Lady Eagles winning against the Palestine Wildcats with seconds on the clock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sports_fairfield_girls_team_021517The Fairfield team gets a last minute pep talk from coach Sally Whitaker just before their win against Palestine.