FAIRBURY, NE – The Jeffs had mixed results at Milford on Friday night, with the Fairbury girls winning 52-46 and the boys losing 77-41.
On Saturday, it was unanimously a Fairbury night.
The Lady Jeffs (2-3) scored their second straight win with a 46-26 victory over Thayer Central (2-1) at Fairbury High School. The boys (3-2) followed with a 66-37 win over the Titans (1-2).
This is the fifth straight year that the Fairbury teams have swept Thayer Central during the regular season in basketball.
Twelve turnovers by the Lady Titans in the first quarter propelled Fairbury to a 13-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
The Lady Jeffs led 21-10 at half, and were up double digits the rest of the way.
Three players scored in double figures for Fairbury, led by senior Jessa Eden who scored a game-high 14 points. Junior Sara Huss was close behind with 12, and junior Jaelle Johnson totaled 10.
Head coach Lyle Thompson changed the offense in the last two games, putting Johnson at point guard and sophomore Ellie Ohlde at shooting guard. The Jeffs are 2-0 since Thompson made the change.
That adjustment has also led to fewer turnovers for Fairbury. The Jeffs committed anywhere between 23-25 turnovers in the first three games. Against Milford, they had only nine and 20 against Thayer Central.
The Lady Titans, who committed 23 total turnovers, were led in scoring by junior Stephanie Meyer, who finished with eight points including two made three-pointers.
Senior Emily Welch scored a season-high seven points, but struggled from the free throw line, making only 3-of-9 shots.
Thayer Central finished 6-for-17 at the charity stripe as a team. Fairbury was 11-for-20.
Thayer Central came out ready to play, trailing Fairbury 18-16 after the first quarter. The Jeffs opened the second quarter on an 11-0 run, which carried them to a 35-26 halftime lead.
The avalanche continued for the Titans. Fairbury outscored their opponent 19-6 in the third quarter, and 12-5 in the fourth.
The Jeffs, who have scored 60 or more points three times this season, were led in scoring by junior Chance Amundson, who tallied a game-high 21 points – one point shy of tying his career best.
Senior Isaac Robertson, who has put up double figures in every game so far this year, finished Saturday with 10 points.
Five Jeffs scored eight or more points in their latest win. Senior Trevin Arnold contributed nine points off the bench, while Joseph Melcher and Kellen Parrack each chipped in eight.
Thayer Central received points from nine different players. Senior Keith Hergott was the only Titan in double figures, scoring 10. Sophomore Andrew Heinrichs was close behind with nine.
The Titans committed 21 turnovers in the loss, while the Jeffs had 16 giveaways. Free throws were a struggle for both teams. Fairbury converted 12-of-23 from the line, while Thayer Central hit 7-of-16.
Fairbury stays home to host Centennial on Tuesday. Girls play at 4:30, with the boys to follow at 6. The Thayer Central girls travel to Fillmore Central on Tuesday for a 6:15 game.
The Titans return home Friday to host Heartland – girls at 4:30, boys at 6.
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