Fairfield would hold the edge for the rest of the half. One of the reasons was the play of Marissa Repp. She would have all six of her points in a three-minute stretch that ended with a 24-21 Trojan lead.
Repp would also lead Fairfield in rebounding, steals, and assists.
“This game was hard to play in especially on the defensive end,” said Repp. “I had to find a way to make plays without being too aggressive.”
Fairfield led 25-21 at the break. McKenna Ledger gave Fairfield a 27-21 lead just seconds into the third before the Lady Dees responded with a 7-0 run to go up 28-27.
Bossard attacked the back end of the Trojan press and converted another three-point play. Katie Dyson had back-to-back scores during the Albia run.
Fairfield had struggled against the Albia 2-3 zone, but Hanna Greiner and Ledger combined for 11 points on the inside of the defense in the third.
“When Dyson and Bettis are in together, their zone is really tough to handle inside,” said Flattery. “We finally started to attack them and got some points in the paint.”
Bossard had two more baskets to keep the Lady Dees close, but a three-point play by Ledger with just three ticks left on the clock pushed the Trojans’ lead 38-34 after three.
“We were getting the ball inside some early in the game, but in the third quarter we were able to score,” said Ledger. “Once we scored, they had to play us tighter and we could kick it out for scores.”
Bossard cut the lead to two just seconds into the final quarter, but back-to-back baskets by Sami Fritz and Lunsford put the Trojans up 42-36. Albia closed to within one at 44-43 but could never grab the lead.
Bettis had five points in the fourth to lead Albia, but the big quarter belonged to the Trojans' Fritz. She would have 10 of her game-high 15 points in the final quarter. Her scoring included a big 3-pointer and three free throws.