The Fairbury Lady Jeffs basketball team traveled to Seward on Feb. 13 to take on the Wilber/Clatonia Wolverines in subdistricts. The teams had already met twice in the regular season with the Lady Jeffs winning both games.
Fairbury got off to a hot start offensively and led by a score of 17-13 after the first quarter. Wilber was able to stay in the game and tied the game at 48-48 to end regulation. During overtime the Lady Jeffs outscored the Wolverines to squeak out a 55-53 victory.
The Lady Jeffs again travel to Seward to compete in subdistricts on Feb. 14. They will face off against Malcolm.
On Friday, Feb. 10 the Fairbury Boys Basketball team played host to the Schuyler Warriors. The Jeffs jumped out to an early lead and led by a score of 26-23 at halftime. Schuyler fought their way back into the game and tied the score at 49-49 to end regulation.
The Warriors outscored the Jeffs in overtime to knock off the Jeffs by a final of 57-53. Adam Wasserman ’18 led the Jeffs as he had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Blake Bauer ’17 also had a solid night as he contributed 13 points.
The next competition for the Jeffs is Feb. 17 as they host the Falls City Tigers.
On Tuesday Feb. 7 the Fairbury girls basketball team traveled to Seward to take on the Lady Jays. After one quarter of action the Lady Jeffs led by a score of 8-7. However Seward outscored Fairbury in the second quarter to take a 20-11 lead into halftime.
Seward also outscored the Lady Jeffs in the second half to win the game by a final score of 50-30. The next competition for the Lady Jeffs is Feb. 10 as they host Schuyler.
On Monday Jan. 30, the Lady Jeffs traveled to Wilber to take on the Wolverines in the first round of SNC tournament. The Jeffs won in a barn burner of a game 55-54. The leading scorers for the Jeffs were Jessa Eden ’19 scoring 18 points and close behind was Jaelle Johnson ’20 with 15 points.
“I knew we could win at Wilber and I think we could’ve beat Heartland, but we tried our hardest,” Johnson said.
Heading into the Second round of conference play the Jeffs took on the Heartland huskies on Tuesday, Jan 31. The Jeffs had a nice first quarter scoring 14, but fell short in the next three to lose 40-46. The Jeffs go on the road again on Tuesday Feb. 7 to take on the Seward Bluejays.
The Fairbury Boys Basketball team took part in the Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament this week. On Jan. 30 the Jeffs hosted Wilber/Clatonia in the first round of the tournament.
The Jeffs dominated the game from the beginning as they led by a score of 18-8 after the first quarter and won the game by a final score of 55-37. Tanner Novotny ’17 led the Jeffs in scoring as he finished with 19 points.
On Jan. 31 the Jeffs headed to Sutton to take on the Mustangs for the second round of the conference tournament. Sutton led by a score of 31-23 at the half. The Jeffs couldn’t overcome the deficit and lost by a final of 62-40.
The next action for the Jeffs is Tuesday, Feb. 7 as they travel to Seward to take on the Bluejays.
The Lady Jeffs secured a win over the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines on their
home court on Tuesday with a final score 50-41.
The girls’ junior varsity team also out-scored the Wolverines in JV action with a fine score of preceding the Varsity games
After trailing the Wolverines in the first quarter and matching their score at the end of the half, the Lady Jeffs battled back and finished with a victory.
Leading scorers were Regan Schmidt ’18 with 16 points, followed by Sara Huss ’20 with 11 points and Macy Ohlde ’18 with 9 points.
While the two teams are very similar on paper, the Wolverines being ranked slightly higher and having a record of 4-7 compared to the Lady Jeffs’ 3-8 record, the Jeffs proved that on paper isn’t the same as on the court.
“We played very poorly in the first half. I was happy just to be tied at half time,” head coach Amy Engle-Evans said. “…But I was really happy with the girls. They really made our halftime adjustments, listened to what we talked to them about…We had some great bench play from Cora and Emily and Sara which really helped propel us to a win I thought.”
The Wilber-Clatonia game was the second of four games that the Jeffs will play this week. The reserve teams were in action on Monday night on their home court against Superior. Coming up, both JV and Varsity teams will play at Auburn on Friday and at home against Lakeview on Saturday.
After winter break the girls’ basketball team traveled to Aurora and Tri-County for their games. At Tri-County the girls beat the Tri-County Trojans 47-39 after coming back from a 9-0 deficit. Sara Huss ‘20 and Sydney Miller ‘18 lead the scoring with 10 points each. Sara Huss lead the team in total rebounds with 14.
“We started off really slow with a 9-0 deficit, said Engle-Evans “We had some different kids step up at different times, so we definitely needed everybody there to help us get to the victory that we needed”
On Jan. 6 the Lady Jeffs lost to Aurora 61-27. According to MaxPreps, Jaelle Johnson lead the scoring with 6 points. Sara Huss lead rebounds with a total of 7.
“Aurora was rough, they’re very good very athletic class B school, and I think we were a little tired from the night before,” said Engle- Evans, “We got down 19-0 before we scored and when you dig yourself that big of a hole against that good of a team it’s kind of hard to come back from that.”
The Fairbury boys basketball team traveled to Tri-County on Jan. 5 to take on the Trojans. The game was a close one throughout the game as at the end of the third quarter the score was 34-33 in favor of Tri-County. The Jeffs came on strong in the fourth quarter and outscored the Trojans, to earn the victory by a final score of 50-45. Cayman DeBoer ‘18 was the leading scorer for the Jeffs as he finished the game with 16 points.
On Friday Jan. 6 the Jeffs hit the road again, as they traveled to Aurora to take on a tough Aurora Huskies team. Aurora led the Jeffs by a score of 39-23 at the half. The Huskies outscored the Jeffs in the second half and got the victory by a score of 75-51.
Head basketball coach Travis Steinhoff thought his team did well in the two games. “We couldn’t hit shots against Tri-County, so the score didn’t show how well we played. Honestly, I thought we played well against Aurora…” head coach Travis Steinhoff said.
The next action for the Jeffs is Jan. 10 as they take on the Wilber/Clatonia Wolverines at home. The varsity tip-off is at 7:30.