NORRIS CITY (WSIL) -- Fairfield is a 2A school, NCOE a 1A, both unbeaten and will go toe-to-toe on Wednesday night from Norris City.
Fairfield's Coach McElravy reached out to Coach Johnson during our recent snow storm and both agreed to make this game happen.
Both teams have the mentality they'll play anyone, anytime, anywhere.
This game also features two of the top players in our region, Fairfield's Landon Zurliene and NCOE's Joe Melton.
Both players are tall and athletic, can handle the ball, knock down the outside shot and average twenty points a game.
But these players don't have to do it all themselves, they have help. These teams are defensive minded and like to get in transition.
Both coaches give us a little more insight to their respective teams and about this game.
"We've hung our hat the last couple of years on pressure defense and we've lost some really good players the last couple of year," Coach McElravy said.
"We're not as big as we've been in the post, we like to pressure the ball, we like to get up and down the floor , we've had multiple games where we've made ten or more threes as well. You can ramp up that score in a hurry when you're making shots from behind the arc."
"The style of defense we play, if we can get up to sixty-seventy points a game it's going to be really tough for our opponent to score that on us," Coach Johnson said. "That's what my goal is but at the same time teams do a good job of slowing us down because they know we want to get the ball up the floor. It helps having all this versatility. My big man is one of my better shooters on the team. The inside-out is the most important but we'll take any shot we can get."
"These two teams have played each other, we beat them in the regional championship game in eighth grade so they are very familiar with each other," McElravy said. "Their gym is a fun one, it's kind of sad in one way we can't have everybody come because it'd be a packed atmosphere, bowl type gym, very much like Eldorado, it's going to be a fun atmosphere even without our fans there too but just super excited we got to play them, they are a good team."