Kettering Fairmont girls’ basketball team rebounds with two straight victories


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Kettering, Ohio – The Kettering Fairmont Firebirds girls’ basketball team ended last week with their first loss of the season when they fell to Springboro 48-45. This week the lady Firebirds had two opportunities to rebound from that tight disappointing loss.

First, Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Firebirds hosted the Springfield Wildcats. The two teams opened with a low scoring tight 1st
quarter in which Fairmont outscored the Wildcats 7-6. But in Firebirds started taking control of the game in the 2nd quarter when they outscored Springfield by 10 points 20-10. That gave Fairmont an 11 point 27-16 lead at half-time.

After the half, Kettering kept up the pressure by putting together a solid 3rd quarter outscoring the Wildcats by 11 24-13. That gave the Firebirds a virtually insurmountable 51-29 lead to start the 4th
quarter. The lady Firebirds kept the pressure on in the 4th quarter outscoring the Wildcats 14-6 to secure a nice 30 point rebound win 65-35.

The Firebirds had two players score in double digits. Senior Guard #15 Mallory Hullinger was the leading scorer with 24 points. Hullinger was 8 for 18 from the field and 4 for 7 from 3 point range. She was also 4 for 6 from the free-throw line. Hullinger also had 10 steals 3 rebounds, 2 defensive and 1 offensive, and 1 assist.

Senior Guard #21 Peyton Wells also contributed 12 points. Wells was 4 for 10 from the field and 0 for 1 from 3 point range. She also hit 4 of 7 free-throw attempts and contributed 5 assists, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 defensive and 1 offensive, and 1 block.

Junior Forward #10 Serena Baker tacked on 9 points, while Senior Guard #12 Mari Carter added 7 points, and Sophomore Guard #14 Kenzie Roark contributed 6 points. The remainder of Fairmont’s offensive production came from bench players Senior Guard #4 Avi Hawkins, Junior Guard #42 Cierra Hupke, Freshman Guard #1 Tessa Hutchison, and Junior Forward #30 O’Malley Quinlan.

As a team, the Firebirds shot 44.6% (25 for 56) from the floor, 46.25% (6 for 13) from 3 point range, and 50.0% (9 for 18) from the free-throw line. Kettering also had 27 rebounds, 17 defensive and 10 offensive, 27 steals, 18 assists, and 3 blocks.

Then Saturday, December 11, Fairmont traveled to Miamisburg to take on the Vikings. Fairmont opened the game by outscoring the Vikings in the 1st quarter 11-8. Miamisburg then fought back to outscore the Firebirds in the 2nd quarter 12-10. This gave Kettering a slim 1 point half-time lead 21-20.

The Firebirds expanded their slim lead in the 3rd
quarter by outscoring Miamisburg 18-16. With the score 39-36, Fairmont took a slim 3 point lead into the 4th quarter. In the 4th, Kettering finished off the game by outscoring the Vikings 22-16. This gave the Firebirds a 61-52 win to go 5-1 on the season.

All 61 of the Firebirds’ points came from their 5 starters. Kettering had 4 starters reach double figures for the night. With 17 points Baker was Fairmont’s leading scorer. She was 6 of 12 from the field and 0 for 1 from 3 point range. Baker also hit 5 of 8 free-throw attempts. She also contributed 5 rebounds, 4 defensive and 1 offensive, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block.

Hullinger was the Firebirds’ second highest scorer with 15 points. She hit 3 of 9 from the field and 1 of 2 from 3 point range. Hullinger was also perfect from the free-throw line hitting 8. She tacked on 5 rebounds, 4 defensive and 1 offensive, and 3 steals.

Wells also sank 14 points on the night. She was 4 of 8 from the field and 2 of 3 from 3 point range. Wells also made 4 of 6 free-throws and contributed 5 rebounds, 3 offensive and 2 defensive, 1 steal, and 1 assist.

Roark rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points. Roark was 2 for 8 from the field, 1 of 1 from 3 point range, and 5 of 8 from the free-throw line. Roark grabbed 4 of the boards, 3 offensive and 1 defensive, and added 4 steals, 1 block, and 1 assist.

Kettering’s final 5 points came from Carter who was 2 of 3 from the field, 1 of 1 from 3 point range, and 0 for 2 from the free-throw line. Carter also contributed 9 assists, 5 defensive rebounds, and 2 steals.

As a team, the Firebirds shot 42.55 (17 of 40) from the field, 62.5% (5 of 8) from 3 point range, and 68.85% (22 of 32) from the free-throw line. The lady Firebirds grabbed 26 rebounds, 17 defensive and 9 offensive. They also had 12 assists, 11 steals, and 2 blocks.

Fairmont plays the 6-1 Centerville Elks on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 7:30. The Elks' only loss came against Westfield High School in the Sneakers for Santa Shootout in Indiana. The Elks lost to Westfield 60-51. Centerville has beaten New Albany 47-46, Ponitz, 69-33, Springfield 58-35, Miamisburg 45-41, Beavercreek 48-45, and Northmont 65-26. The Fairmont v. Centerville game will be played at Fairmont’s Trent Arena, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. Tickets are $5 for seniors and students (ID may be required) and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at

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