After scoring 28 points during its last game in a win against Northfield, the BFA-Fairfax girls basketball team found its offensive rhythm during its game against Hazen on Thursday.
The Bullets were efficient, as they shot 41 percent from the floor and outrebounded Hazen 36-26 on their way to a 52-48 win.
Fairfax used its size advantage to work the ball down low to get a number of good looks in the post.
“We were trying to get it inside to our bigs as much as we could,” said Fairfax coach Lee Tourville. “We were trying to get it in as much as we could and then work on the kickout, so for the most part the girls did everything we asked of them.”
“That was a great fight,” he added. “Hats off to Hazen. They had some great 3-point shooting and gave us everything we could handle out there.
The Wildcats game everything they could with their 3-point shooting, as they hit nine 3s in the game with Alexis Christensen hitting six of them to keep Hazen in the game.
However, it was hustle plays by senior guards Paige Superneau and Jaycee Douglas down the stretch that kept the Bullets’ lead intact. Superneau made two diving plays late in the game with the second coming with a minute to go in the game. The Bullets trailed by one and Superneau hit the ground for a rebound and flipped it up to a teammate leading to a basket by Madison Murphy, which gave them the lead for good.
Hazen missed two shots late in the game and Douglas iced the game with three consecutive free throws.
“That’s just clutch free-throw shooting from our senior captain and that is the second game Jaycee has stepped up to the line and finished it for us,” said Tourville. “That’s a nice luxury to have to have someone that does well under pressure like she does.”
Murphy led the charge early for the Bullets, as she scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the first half, while also adding 10 rebounds in the game. Douglas finished the game with 12 points, while Superneau added 10. Hazel Albee added eight points and was a force down low picking up key rebounds and a number of blocks.
It was a very tight game throughout, as the teams battled back-and-forth in the first quarter ending the first eight minutes tied 12-12.
The biggest difference in the game was the second quarter when Fairfax outscored Hazen 15-7. Superneau led the way with five points in the quarter with the Bullets shooting 50 percent from the floor, while playing stingy defense and allowing Hazen to only hit 14 percent of their shots.
Hazen started to pull back by outscoring Fairfax 15-11 in the third.
The Bullets held a 47-41 lead with three minutes to go in the game before Christensen made a 3 to make it a one-score game and Macy Molleur followed with back-to-back baskets to give Hazen its first lead since the second quarter.
Superneau’s diving play with just over a minute to go led to Murphy’s go-ahead basket with Douglas wrapping it up with her three free-throws to seal the game.
It was a solid game out of the Bullets, who improved to 2-1 on the year and will look for three in a row Tuesday when they travel to Lake Region.
“One thing with this team is we don’t want to settle for the good shot, we want them to take the great shot,” said Tourville. “They are making the extra passes this year.
“And our offense finally woke up today, which was nice to see,” he added. “Now one of these games we just have to have our offense and defense both clicking.”