Kettering-Fairmont Firebirds girls varsity basketball opens season with two wins


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Kettering, Ohio – The Kettering-Fairmont Firebirds girls basketball team opened the 2021-22 basketball season with two straight wins.

The lady Firebirds played their first game of the year Saturday, November 20, 2021, on the road against the Troy Trojans. Fairmont controlled the first 3 quarters of the game. The Firebirds outscored the Trojans 15-8 in the 1st quarter and 17-7 in the 2nd quarter. After a 32-15 half-time lead, the Firebirds continued to dominate outscoring the Trojans 17-10 in the 3rd quarter. The Firebirds entered the 4th
quarter with a 49-25 lead. Troy tried to fight back outscoring Fairmont 17-15 in the 4th quarter. But the Firebirds had amassed a big enough lead that they were still able to secure a convincing 64-42 opening win.

The lady Firebirds had three players in double figures on the night. Senior Guard #15 Mallory Hullinger lead the scoring with 19 points on the night. Hullinger was 6 for 9 from the field. Hullinger hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts and hit 3 of 4 free-throw attempts. Hullinger also had 2 steals.

Fairmont Senior Forward #21 Peyton Wells contributed 13 points. Wells was 5 for 12 from the floor and hit 3 of 3 3-point attempts. Wells did not have any free throws but had 6 assists and 7 steals on the night. Wells was Fairmont’s leading rebounder on the night with 5. She had 4 rebounds from the offensive side of the floor and 1 from the defensive side.

Firebirds Junior Forward #10 Serena Baker tacked on 12 points for Fairmont. Baker hit 4 of 8 from the field with 2 of 4 3-pointers.

Overall, the lady Firebirds hit 23 of 51 from the floor for a 45.1% field goal percentage. They also hit 11 of 20 of their 3-point attempts for a 55.0% 3-point percentage and they were 7 of 12 from the line for a 58.3% free-throw percentage. Kettering nabbed 25 rebounds, 14 steals, and 1 block.

Two days later, on Monday, November 22, 2021, the Kettering-Fairmont Firebirds played their first home game when they took on the Hamilton Big Blue. Fairmont controlled the game from start to finish. The Firebirds outscored the Big Blue 8-3 in the 1st quarter and 14-3 in the 2nd
quarter for a 22-6 halftime lead. The Firebirds pretty much ended the game in the 3rd quarter when they outscored Hamilton 26-2, taking a 48-6 lead. Fairmont wound down the clock by outscoring the Big Blue 7-5 in the 4th
quarter to wrap up a decisive 55-13 victory.

Hullinger, Baker, and Wells were once again all in double digits and were the lady Firebirds leading scorers. Hullinger led the team with 18 points on the night. She hit 6 of 13 from the floor and converted 3 of 8 3-point attempts. Hullinger also hit 3 of 4 free throws. Hullinger added 1 steal on the defensive side of the game.

Baker shot 6 for 10 from the floor and hit 3 of 6 free-throws for a 15 point total on the night. She did not hit any 3-pointers but did add in 1 steal and 2 assists. Baker was also the Firebirds leading rebounder on the night nabbing 10 off the boards. She had 6 offensive rebounds and 4 defensive rebounds.

Wells tacked on 10 points shooting 5- of 10 from the floor. Wells was 0 for 1 from 3-point land and was 0 for 2 from the free-throw line. She did have 1 assist and was a solid defensive contributor with 7 steals and 1 block.

Overall, the Firebirds shot 38.5% from the field hitting 20 of 52 attempts. They shot 18.2% from 3-point range hitting 4 of 22 attempts and were 11 of 22 from the line for a 50.0% free-throw percentage. Fairmont controlled the floor with 33 rebounds, 20 steals, and 2 blocks.

The lady Firebirds open their Greater Western Ohio Conference season Schedule Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 7:30 P.M. when they take on the Northmont Thunderbolts at Trent Arean at Kettering-Fairmont High School's Trent Arena, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. Northmont has opened the season 0-2 losing to Butler 53-34 and Carroll 57-38. Tickets for the game are $5.00 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. You can purchase tickets at…. In addition to the 7:30 P.M. Varsity game, tickets include admission to the Freshman game at 5:00 P.M. and the Junior Varsity game at 6:15 P.M. 

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