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Beachy’s Falcons let it fly in first half, pull away from Warriors

Fairfield makes nine 3-pointers, 52 percent of all fielders in besting Wawasee.


Posted on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

BENTON — Troy Beachy wants to get as many players involved as he can.

The third-year Fairfield High School boys basketball coach used 11 players Tuesday, Nov. 26 — 10 in the first quarter — on the way to 78-57 season-opening victory against Wawasee.

Between the summer and practice leading up to the game, Beachy focused on a more uptempo style of offense and a larger rotation and that paid off against the Warriors.

Seven of 11 players contributed points Tuesday, led by Joe Line (27, including 12 in the first half, to go with a game-high 10 rebounds). As if living up to his last name, Line made 13 of 18 attempts at the foul line during a physical game in which 41 fouls were whistled.

Also helping the Fairfield attack were John Stack (14 points, all in the first half), Marcus Rodes (10, including eight in the second half), Josh Stephens (9 on three 3-pointers) and Clay Bontrager (8).

“We’ve got good shooters,” said Beachy, who saw his team make 52 percent of its total field-goal tries (26-of-50). “We know that if they’re open, we’re OK (with them shooting from the perimeter).

“I felt like we weren’t taking contested, bad shots. I told them, ‘if your feet are set, go ahead and knock it down.’”

A 21-2 run in the first and second quarters helped the Falcons push a 19-17 lead to 40-19. Fairfield canned nine 3-pointers on the night and four of those — three by Stack and one by Josh Stephens — came during the 21-2 run.

Wawasee was also forced into nine of its 15 turnovers during the second quarter.

First-year Warriors coach Steve Wiktorowski was not particularly pleased with the second quarter, but take that away and he saw plenty of positives on opening night.

“For three quarters, we played them pretty even,” said Wiktorowski. “We really honestly fell apart that second quarter. We knew that.

“What I was much happier with is that we recognized that. We could have really fallen apart, but we came in at halftime and regrouped and made a few adjustments. The kids played much better the second half.”

Wiktorowski drew up a new press offense and watched his players execute it while the turnovers were much more infrequent.

“They hurt us inside more than we can allow teams to do,” said Wiktorowski. “But, in the second half, it was much better.”

Alex Clark canned seven of his 18 in the first quarter and Stori Bright tallied eight of his 12 in the first half for the Warriors.

“I’m disappointed in the score,” said Wiktorowski. “I’m not disappointed in the effort we gave.”

FAIRFIELD 78, WAWASEE 57

Wawasee — Stori Bright 4-7 4-5 12, Alex Clark 7-16 4-7 18, Sam Clark 2-3 2-2 6, Jayce Boatwright 1-2 0-1 2, Gage Reinhard 1-6 0-0 3, Chase Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Hutchinson 0-0 0-0 0, David Rocha 2-6 0-0 5, Aaron Voriol 1-5 7-8 9, Jeffery Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Kody Carpenter 1-1 0-0 2, Elijah Solina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-47 (.404) 17-23 (.739) 57.

Fairfield — Thomas Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Line 7-14 13-18 27, Brock Goeglein 3-4 0-0 8, Marcus Rodes 4-11 2-2 10, Josh Stephens 3-4 0-0 9, Kegan Showalter 0-0 2-4 2, Mitch Dewitt 0-1 0-0 0, John Stack 5-5 2-2 14, Sam Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Clay Bontrager 4-10 0-1 8, Nathan Azzarito 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-50 (.520) 17-25 (.680) 78.

Scoring By Quarters

Wawasee 17 8 17 15 — 57

Fairfield 22 21 18 17 — 78

3-point goals: Wawasee (2-12) — Rocha 1-2, Reinhard 1-3; Fairfield (9-15) — Stack 4-4, Stephens 3-4, Goeglein 2-2.

Rebounds: Wawasee (24) — Bright 6; Fairfield (33) — Line 10, Rodes 6.

Assists: Wawasee (4); Fairfield (14) — Rodes 4.

Steals: Wawasee (5); Fairfield (7).

Turnovers: Wawasee 15, Fairfield 18.

Fouls: Wawasee 21, Fairfield 20. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Ron Day, Plymouth; Eric Coburn, Leesburg; Kirk Robinson, Akron.

Records: Fairfield 1-0, Wawasee 0-1.

Next: Angola at Wawasee Saturday, Nov. 30; Fairfield at Prairie Heights Friday, Dec. 6.

JV: Fairfield 34, Wawasee 27. Top scorers: Fairfield — Cody Haab 7, Brody Willard 7, Nathan Azzarito 6; Wawasee — Stephon Miller 7, Aaron Beer 6, Conner Sausaman 6. JV records: Fairfield 1-0, Wawasee 0-1.



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