It all came down to some frantic shots late in the fourth quarter of a game in which the outcome was well decided. But Katie Smith finally hit that last 3-pointer, to give her 29 points on the game, and more importantly, the Fairview High School all-time scoring record – which now sits at 1,144 points – and a Lady Warriors victory over Brooklyn on senior night, 58-27.
“I was hoping to get the record today, but if I didn’t, there’s always the next day or the next day after that,” Smith said. “Whenever it came, it came.
“To get it on senior night, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
“That’s the difference right there that separates Katie from other players, is she is very unselfish and she would have preferred to see the team win, than herself getting something individual,” Fairview head coach Bill Harvey said. “I was the one that became a little selfish and started pushing it and demanding that this was the day to do it.”
Smith led all scoring in the game with 29 points, including three 3-pointers and a 12 for 15 performance from the line, followed by Kelsey Bilak, who scored 12.
The game was the icing on the cake of the 2013-2014 season for the Warriors. Fairview has a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes-Division record of 14-1 (16-3 overall), and secured the school’s first-ever girls basketball conference championship.
“Winning the conference was our first goal, and now we move on to our second goal of winning districts,” Smith said.
The Fairview girls basketball program has been building to this point for the past four years under Harvey, who has put his heart and soul into making the Lady Warriors a viable conference threat year-in, and year-out. Last season, the Warriors came one game shy of the PAC title, but secured the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the state tournament. This year, they are a No. 3 seed in the OHSAA Division II Elyria district.
“When I started that first year, I took the job a week before the season started and it was a mess,” Harvey explained. “Because of people like (Smith), Bri (Kovacevich) and Megan (Coyne) – all seniors … they all bought in to me and believed, I knew it was going to be something special.
“Last year was great, but this tops it all.”
Fairview will need to keep up its intensity come Saturday, when the Warriors host Buckeye in the sectional semifinals.
“We just all have to be leaders and keep our focus,” Smith said.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” Harvey added. “Each time out, our girls do a great job prepping.
“We’ve turned into a NBA team – playing every other day – but the days in between they’ve done a great job, coming in and prepping for the next game. Once the lights come on, we’ll get it rolling and pick up right where we left off.”