Fairfield girls basketball wins first state title in school history with 49-42 victory over Corydon Central

Published: Feb. 25, 2023 at 8:02 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) - Fairfield won its first state championship in school history on Saturday night after picking up a 49-42 win over Corydon Central in the IHSAA Class 3A Girls Basketball State Final at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The game was back-and-forth in the first half, with the Falcons taking a one-point lead into halftime. Fairfield was able to hold onto that lead despite a late push from the Panthers.

Brea Garber led the Falcons with 19 points. She also received the Mental Attitude Award. Morgan Gawthrop added 13 points, while Bailey Willard had 12. For the full box score, click here.

The Falcons finish their championship season with a 28-2 record. After the game, there was no one head coach Brodie Garber wanted to celebrate with besides the four seniors that have been together since the beginning,

“They were 2nd graders when I got the job, and now they’re seniors, man,” he said. “To bring these four up, I don’t know if you guys really wanted four people, but I wasn’t going to come up here with anybody else. Not at all.”

“Yeah, it’s just like the best feeling you could ever ask for,” his daughter, Brea, said. “I mean, what a better way to end a high school season with my best friends and my family? I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The Falcons also thanked the community for its steadfast support during their championship run.

“A lot of this was we wanted to do this for our community, to be able to say that Fairfield has won one,” Brodie said. “Other sports, other little girls coming up because you should see these girls in front of the elementary school kids, it’s like Def Leppard in the 80′s.”

“Indy, it’s not super close for us, like two hours or so, but it just means so much,” Willard said. “It means a lot that they came all this way to watch us, and that just means so much to all of us, and it shows how close of a community we are.”

Fairfield will host a pep rally in its main gym on Sunday at 3 p.m. to welcome home the state champs.

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