Fairfield's Wyatt Willey is pictured in a game earlier this season. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Fairfield's Wyatt Willey is pictured in a game earlier this season. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The Fairfield Lions were unable to return to Highland County with a Southern Hills Athletic Conference win on Friday night, but it wasn’t for lack of effort as they lost to a tough Peebles team, 87-79 at PHS.

The Lions (0-1, 1-1) had three quarters of 20-plus point scoring, but the problem was so did their opponent, and both teams scored no fewer than 12 points in any of the four quarters played.



Leading the way for the Lions was Bryson Simmons with 23 points, including three of the eight total 3-pointers the Lions made in the game.

Fairfield in the first quarter trailed by a 22-20 score but fought hard with 11 points from Simmons (including two 3-pointers) in the quarter, plus has six points by Connor Priest, two points by Tytis Cannon and one point by Wyatt Willey for the 20-point first quarter effort.

The Lions in the second again were outscored 27-24, but in the 24 points of scoring Simmons was strong again with 10 points in the second eight-minute frame, while Cannon scored six points (4-of-4 from the free-throw line) and Tucker Watson chipped in with three points. Cannon totaled 10 points for the four quarters played, as he was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line for the game.

Other points scored in the second frame for the Lions included three points off free throws by James Bentley, and one point from Priest, to make it a 49-44 halftime deficit for the visiting Lions at Peebles. Priest wrapped up the game with 11 points, and teammate Bentley totaled nine points.

The quarter that was the toughest on the Lions was the third frame as they six turnovers in the quarter, and 12 points, while the Indians tallied 20 points in the same frame to put the Fairfield squad down 69-56 after three frames.

Fairfield had eight points from Willey in the third, including two 3-pointers, plus two points from Cannon and two points from Priest.

There were 23 points scored by the Lions in the third, and they won the frame as the Indians added 18 points to their final total.

In the final frame, Fairfield had nine points by Willey, who made three 3-pointers in the quarter. Willey for the game totaled 18 points, with five 3-pointers, a two-point field goal and one converted free throw.

Also scoring points in the fourth were Bentley with six points, and with two points each were Reese Teeters, Simmons, Priest and Koben Zink.

For the game, the Lions collected 17 two-point baskets and eight 3-pointers. The visitors were also 21-of-26 from the free-throw line (81-percent). FHS also committed 17 turnovers.

Weston Browning led Peebles with 23 points, with his totals including five two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and he was 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Hunter Ruckel finished with 13 points (two two-point baskets, two 3-pointers and he was 3-of-4 from the free-throw line).

Dawson Mills collected 15 points (three 3-pointers) for the Indians, and Oakley Burba ended the game with 13 points. The remainder of the Peebles scoring included Kyle Lightner with eight points, Hunter White with five points, Gage Crothers with five points and Alex Camp scored two points.

Next for the Lions is a home game on Friday, Dec. 13 against the Ripley Blue Jays in SHAC action.