MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe junior Reed Worth led three Mustangs in double figures, and the PCM boys’ basketball team defeated Class 3A Fairfield on Tuesday night.
Worth put in 21 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists as an early lead held up in a 68-58 non-conference home victory.
The Mustangs (9-2) led 21-11 after one quarter, and that lead was enough.
Fairfield (4-6) closed the gap to three at halftime, but PCM won the second half by six points.
Senior Elijah Sperfslage had 12 points and three rebounds and sophomore Derek Brown scored 10 points.
Senior Thomas Jackson chipped in seven points, while senior Noah Lanphier and junior Andrew Van Ryswyk both scored four points and grabbed five rebounds.
The Mustangs hit half of their shots from the floor, making 22-of-44.
They were 4-of-14 from 3-point range and 20-of-26 from the free-throw line.
PCM hosts Roland-Story for a Little Hawkeye Conference game at 6 p.m. Friday in Monroe. The Mustangs host Pella starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Fairfield 67, PCM 53
Sophomore Regan Freland filled up the box score and junior Morgan Uhlenhopp tallied a double-double, but their efforts came in a loss as the Mustangs couldn’t overcome a slow start and slow finish during a 67-53 loss to Class 4A No. 13 Fairfield on Tuesday night.
Freland finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals and Uhlenhopp had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
“We hung tough,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said.
“I can’t complain at all. I don’t have any complaints about the effort. We are consistently showing improvement in the areas we had to get better in.”
Fairfield (9-2) led 25-18 after one quarter.
PCM (5-7) was within four after three quarters, but the visitors pulled away with a 19-9 advantage in the fourth.
Fairfield’s Nichole Buch hit eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points. Fairfield hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
“We knew she was their scorer, but we lost her way too many times,” Lindsay said. “We have to do a better job of recognizing where the shooters are.”
Freshman Emma George scored a career-high nine points, junior Camryn Wignall put in five points and junior Sloan Hjortshoj grabbed four rebounds. Freshman Lilli Baird scored six points, dished out three assists and collected three steals.
The Mustangs were plagued by 21 turnovers.