Fairbury Girls Basketball played three games in this season’s Southern Nebraska Conference (SNC) tournament over a six-day period and pulled away with two victories.
The Jeffs had home-court advantage against first-round opponent Wilber-Clatonia when they rolled to a 46-16 win on Monday, Feb. 3. Senior Sara Huss lead in scoring with 12 points, Jami Mans ’22 pulled in 7 rebounds and three different players (Huss, Cora DeBoer ’20, Ellie Ohlde ’21) had four steals apiece.
“The Wilber scouting report wasn’t much,” Jordan Tracy ’21 said. “We weren’t worried about Wilber that much because we knew we just couldn’t play to their level. I believe in the beginning we came out a bit tired, but we made sure to keep them to our goal of below 15 and to get our varsity players out so they could rest their legs for the Milford game the next night.”
The Jeffs would go on to fall short against the Milford Eagles with a score of 38-40 after maintaining a lead for the first three quarters. Huss once again came up big in scoring (19) alongside sophomore Karly McCord who worked her way to a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), but the effort would not be enough to pull off a win on the road.
“I thought we played very, very well against Milford,” McCord said. “Of course there is always room for improvement, but if we keep playing like we did, we’ll go far in Districts.”
To round out the tournament, the Jeffs took on the Centennial Broncos on their court and obtained a 36-29 win. The leading scorers were Huss (12) and DeBoer (10), and the Broncos were held to just 9 points after halftime. While the Jeffs missed out on the championships, they still managed to pull away with a couple victories to bring their seasonal record to 11-9.
“I believe we could have went further, and I believe we could have been Conference champions,” Tracy said. “We worked hard, we just came a little short. I’m super proud of the team and all the hard work they put in this week.”
The Jeffs will invite the Seward Bluejays for a non-conference home game on Tuesday, Feb. 11.