Late surge not enough to get Ladycats past Fairfield

By Mike Eddleman

Coaches and players like wins, not moral victories, but the Ladycats’ dominant second half against visiting Fairfield Tuesday certainly counts as the latter despite falling 55-47.

“The second half was a great confidence builder for us,” said assistant coach Carlos Daniels. “Fairfield has been holding its opponents to 26 points per game this year.”

The 12th-ranked Lady Eagles (21-6) won on a dominant second quarter, but the frantic pace of the second half masked the fact the visitors entered the half with a 19-point lead.

Fairfield held the lead through the opening quarter, opening up a 13-7 advantage on a pair of free throws early in the second, but back-to-back three pointers by Brianna Forge tied the game. From there, Mexia went cold from the floor and Fairfield put together a 12-0 run and outscored the Ladycats 24-5 through the rest of the quarter for the big halftime lead.

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