Fergus girls win two over the weekend

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Hanna Hayes eyes the bucket as she scores two of her game-high 18 points against Fairfield.
Photo by Doreen Heintz

Earn conference win over Park

When Fergus senior Hanna Hayes let out a loud yell after scoring on a layup and being fouled late in the third period Friday at the FHS Fieldhouse, the yell signified the end of all the frustration the Golden Eagles have felt over the past several years when playing the Eagles of Fairfield. Fairfield has dominated the basketball competition in Class B. Since 2008, the Lady Eagles won seven state championships and finished second two other years. Whenever the Golden Eagles have played Fairfield during those years, they have come away with big-time losses.
This year Fergus was able to turn the tables and come away with a 46-17 win. No one could have been happier than Hayes, who finished the contest with 18 points. Her points outscored those of all the Lady Eagles combined.
Saturday, Fergus traveled to Livingston to play Park and gained its first conference win of the season by defeating the Lady Rangers, 52-33.
“This was a great weekend for us,” said Fergus Coach Nycole LaRowe. “Both of these wins were huge, not only in terms of overall class and conference standings, but for confidence as well. Our defense was aggressive and caused some trouble for both Fairfield and Park. It was one of those weekends when everyone was contributing in some form and more importantly, they were all having fun.”
The game against Fairfield was close in the first half. Despite 8 points from Hayes, the Golden Eagles only led the Lady Eagles, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter.
Fergus turned the ball over a number of times at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Golden Eagles were able to keep Fairfield’s scoring to just one basket. Fergus did not score until the 4:50 mark when Anna Zimmer scored a field goal, was fouled, and then hit the free throw to put Fergus up, 17-9. Fairfield hit two free throws and one field goal to cut the Fergus lead to 17-13. Two free throws by Hayes and one from Zimmer gave the Golden Eagles a 20-13 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Fergus defense became even more intense. The Golden Eagles allowed Fairfield to score a total of only 4 points in the entire second half, while Fergus had 14 points in the third quarter and added 12 more in the fourth, to take the 46-17 win.
Zimmer joined Hayes in double figures with 10 points.
In Livingston on Saturday, Fergus scored 12 points in the first quarter against the Lady Rangers to take a 12-9 lead after the initial eight minutes. Zimmer had 5 of her team-high 18 points in the opening quarter.
Zimmer added 6 more points in the second period. Defensively, the Golden Eagles held the Lady Rangers to only 4 points in the period. At halftime the scoreboard read: Fergus 23, Park 13.
Five players scored points in the third quarter for LaRowe. Park was able to add only 5 points to its total. At the end of the third period, Fergus had doubled Park’s score, 36-18.
A 16-point fourth quarter gave the Golden Eagles the 52-33 win. Haydn Potter joined Zimmer in double figures with 10 points. Hayes added 8 points in the win.
“The intensity was higher than it has been the past few weeks,” added LaRowe. “That is something we have been emphasizing in practice.
“We still have things to work on, but overall, I am excited coming off the weekend. Our emphasis this week will be focus, intensity and discipline on both sides of the floor. I constantly preach the importance of playing quick and composed, versus frantic and hurried. We have talked about the challenge we have in terms of learning new things and breaking old habits. The time spent on little things is paying off, and it was finally evident this weekend.”
Fergus is on the road for only one game this weekend. On Saturday, the Golden Eagles travel to Huntley Project to play the Red Devils. Games start at 1 p.m. in Huntley with the C-squad contest. The girls’ junior varsity game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 4 p.m.
Thursday, the C-squad and JV teams play in Stanford against the DGS Lady Bearcats. The girls’ C-squad game in Stanford is at 3 p.m. against the DGS junior varsity. The Fergus junior varsity game against the DGS varsity is scheduled for 6 p.m.



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