lan Starr '21 weighs his options against the Thayer Central defense. Starr is leading the Jeffs in points-per-game (16.6), three pointers made (20), defensive rebounds (36) and blocks (8). Photo by Ericka Kroeker
The loss officially marked the beginning of the second half of the regular season. With nine regular season games remaining until subdistrict play on Monday, Feb. 22, the Jeffs have some time to improve their record before then. The first opportunity will come this Thursday when the team stays home to take on the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines. Quick turnarounds will be the name of the game, as Fairbury makes the trek to Auburn the next day before rounding off the week with another home contest on Saturday, this time against the Clay Center Tigers.
Offensively, Starr and junior Ethan Smith have generally led the scoring, averaging 16.6 and 11.9 points-per-game respectively. Of their combined 86 shots made in the field, just over 40% have been from behind the 3-point line. Additionally, Starr and junior Zane Grizzle have together accounted for nearly half of the team’s rebounds this season.
The Jeffs are 5-1 when racking up 45+ points, therefore their offensive performance will be a large factor in determining this season’s outcome.
The Jeffs return to the bench following halftime. As a team, Fairbury is averaging 46.6 points-per-game and has seen the most success when scoring 45+. Photo by Lindsey Korthals