Fairfield's Reese Teeters is pictured while being defended by North Adams' Cade Meade and Cameron Young. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Fairfield's Reese Teeters is pictured while being defended by North Adams' Cade Meade and Cameron Young. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
LEESBURG — The North Adams Green Devils came ready to play on Tuesday night in Leesburg. Not only did they come ready to play, they played a balanced game of basketball with consistent scoring and even better rebounding, as they defeated the host Fairfield Lions, 71-54 at Grandle Gymnasium.

The Lions (3-5, 8-6) never got on track in comparison to the visitors on Tuesday with Fairfield never leading in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference showdown, plus it was the Green Devils (7-1, 11-5) who jumped out to a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

North Adams began with a basket by Cade Meade, and that was followed with a 3-pointer from Jayden Hesler and a free throw conversion by Seth Meade for a six-point lead with 6:09 still left in the opening frame. Hesler co-led the Green Devils with 18 points.

Fairfield scored their first points of the game with a layup by Connor Priest with the assist by Tucker Watson. The Green Devils had an answer, and that was a 3-pointer by Andrew Brand, as their lead eventually grew to 17-4 with 1:39 left in the first with a second 3-pointer by Brand, as he also scored 18 points for the game to co-lead NAHS.

The quarter came to a close with the Lions trailing by nine points at 19-10, as FHS scored the final four points of the first with baskets by Simmons and James Bentley.

Simmons led the Lions with 17 points, and next was Bentley with 10 points.

“In the first half I had us giving up 12 offensive rebounds, and three on one possession in the second half … you have to have the desire to get the ball, and we know that,” FHS head coach Josh Howland said. “Credit to North Adams, they came ready to play. They’ve had a spell where they have turned the corner themselves. We wanted this one pretty bad, but we didn’t show the effort in the first half.

“The second half we handled the press a little better, and we limited them to four offensive rebounds. I say limited, but the goal is to allow only two offensive rebounds a game, so you can’t give up as many as we did. We have to move on from this because we have Lynchburg-Clay Friday. We have to prepare for those guys. There are some things we have to work on.”

The Green Devils outscored Fairfield 17-12 in the second and built a lead as large as 18. FHS didn’t get to within five points of the Green Devils, and that was in the early stages of the second quarter.

Fairfield opened the second with two free throws by Wyatt Willey, and that was followed by a two-point basket by Priest for a 19-14 deficit with 6:37 left in the quarter. The Green Devils answered with 11 straight points in a span of less than one minute, including points from Hesler, Cade Meade and Brand, for an 18-point advantage at 32-14.

Cade Meade finished with 15 points.

As the second frame came to a close, it was Tytis Cannon knocking down a 3-pointer for the Lions at 7.9 mark, with North Adams leading 36-22.

The Lions were able to outscore the Green Devils, 15-13 in the third but only got to within 11 points of the NAHS lead twice in the quarter. Fairfield had seven points from Bryson Simmons, four points by Bentley and two points each by Reese Teeters and Tucker Watson in the third.

North Adams’ third-quarter scoring saw five points by Hesler (who made his fourth 3-pointer of the game), along with six points from Austin McCormick and two points by Brand.

The Green Devils built their lead to 18 points with 3:58 left in the fourth, and then it went as high as 20 points on two occasions and even as high as 22 points with NAHS winning the frame, 22-17, and the game by 17 points.

Fairfield had two points from Braydon Zimmerman, five points by Cannon (including a 3-pointer), five points from Willey (with one 3-pointer), a 3-pointer by Simmons and two points by Bentley in the fourth. Willey finished the game with a total of nine points, and Cannon collected eight total points for the game.

North Adams had eight points in the fourth by Brand (two 3-pointers), two points from Seth Vogel, six points by Cade Meade and six points (all free throws) by McCormick, who ended the game with 14 points.

The Green Devils totaled 15 two-point baskets, nine 3-pointers and they finished 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. The Lions collected 18 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and they were 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.

Next for the Lions is an away game on Friday, Jan. 24 as they will travel to face the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs for LC’s homecoming game.