2020 State Champions: Fairfield Lady Eagles won at the perfect time
FAIRFIELD, Texas (KWTX) - Among a very long list of almost unbelievable things we have witnessed this year, sports fans will always remember 2020 as the year when the sports world went completely quiet. No games, no practices, nothing - for months. But I wonder do you remember the last game you watched before everything shut down? Well, I remember the last game I covered, the Fairfield Lady Eagles 4A State Championship.
“It’s unbelievable almost. We had heard about COVID,” said Sally Whitaker, Fairfield head coach.
“At the time we just didn’t think about all of the things that happened from then until now,” said Randy Barger, Fairfield assistant coach.
On March 7, Fairfield faced off against the five-time defending state champs, Argyle.
At the half, the Lady Eagles were down 25-11.
“We went into the locker room at halftime and all the seniors were like we can still win this. We got this. I was still thinking we couldn’t win it, but I wanted to make it harder for them,” said Lady Eagles Breyunna Dowell and McKinna Brackens.
As time expired in the fourth quarter, McKinna tied it up to send the game into overtime. With seven seconds left in overtime, senior Jada Clark made a layup and the free throw to give the Lady Eagles a three-point lead.
With three seconds left Fairfield fouled Argyle at the three-point line. Argyle made the first two, missed the last one and Fairfield won 40-39.
They only led seven seconds of the game.
Fairfield secured the state title. The first state title in Fairfield history across all sports. A moment that will be remembered in Fairfield for a long time, but after that moment it all changed.
“We didn’t even get to come back to school to celebrate with each other. We went home and then we stayed home until basically August,” said Breyunna Dowell and McKinna Brackens.
COVID-19 concerns caused the cancellation of the boy’s state tournament that next weekend as well as every major sports event across the country.
Fairfield won at the perfect time, and now their 2020 state banner is on display forever.
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