Girls basketball searches for first win of season


Cora DeBoer ’20 stays low and keeps her eyes trained on the ball in the hand of a Crusader. The Jeffs’ defense had 6 steals and 5 blocks against Lincoln Christian. Photo by B. Novotny

Girls basketball faced losses in all three of its opening games beginning with a home contest against Lincoln Christian on Dec 6.

The Jeffs battled it out with the C-1 #1 Crusaders, yielding a final score of 28-30 before falling 31-39 to C-2 #4 Fillmore Central the following day. A couple days’ break followed before finally travelling to Superior on Tuesday, Dec 10 to face the C-2 #3 Wildcats.

“We’ve had some crazy good competition,” senior Jaelle Johnson said. “Our schedule is stacked so we just have to always try to play our best.”

Sara Huss ’20 accounted for 15 of the Jeffs’ 31 points, but the Wildcats pulled away with 50 of their own. For some players, an improved offensive end of the court is a must-have for success going forward.


Ellie Ohlde ’21 and Karly McCord ’22 keep Alexis Johnson ’20 of Lincoln Christian from getting the rebound on a freethrow. The Jeffs and the Crusaders had 32 rebounds apiece. Photo by B. Novotny

“We can improve on making our shots,” Ellie Ohlde ’21 said. “My goal [is] to get upsets that people would not see coming.”

The Jeffs bring the ball back to their court on Friday, Dec 13 when the Milford Eagles come to town. After this game, Fairbury will compete in three more regular-season games before the end of 2019 along with Kearney’s three-day holiday tournament near the end of this month. In that time, the team will be looking for its first win and more.

“We are much improved from last year,” Johnson said. “Our goals are set very high and we can get there if we continue to work hard.”


With a Fillmore Central defender nearby, Jami Mans ’22 looks to her right for a teammate to pass to. Teammate Cora DeBoer ’20 led the Jeffs in scoring against the Panthers with 10 points. Photo by E. Kroeker


Junior Ellie Ohlde keeps the ball away from the hands of a Fillmore Central player. Ohlde made the Jeffs’ lone three-point basket against the Panthers. Photo by E. Kroeker