By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Fairview High School girls varsity basketball team as been on a great journey in the 2013-2014 outing. But all journeys must come to an end, and the Lady Warriors’ season finished on Friday as they fell to the No. 1-seeded Holy Name Green Wave in the Division II district championship game, 47-34, only the second district finals appearance in school history.
“It was a fun ride,” Fairview head coach Bill Harvey said. “Our team came to play, and that’s all I wanted.
“It showed in the first quarter when we struck first. They tried to make a push and we countered right back.”
The Warriors led by two points at the end of the first quarter, but Holy Name quickly took advantage of Fairview mistakes in the second quarter, going up 19-15 with four minutes remaining in the first half, before closing out the half with a mere 21-20 Green Wave lead.
It was all Holy Name in the third quarter, as Fairview senior Katie Smith scored the Warriors’ only two points in the period, and the Green Wave went on to drop 26 points in the second half on their way to victory.
“To go into halftime down by one – we had a rough second quarter, turning the basketball over and playing a little sloppy – hey, we’re right there, but the third quarter got us,” Harvey explained. “We had that occasionally, where we just have a bad quarter and we have found way to overcome that.”
Fairview ends its season as Patriot Athletic Conference-Stripes Division champs (the school’s first girls basketball coaference title) and had the first 20-win season in school history, ending with a 21-4 record.
“It was a tall task coming in,” Harvey added. “I was very proud of the way my girls fought tonight. I asked them after the game, ‘Did you give me all that you had?’ They said yes, and that’s all I ever asked.”
Smith led the way for the Warriors with 16 points, followed by junior Rachel Malloy, with six.
Even though the Fairview program has relied on Smith, and fellow seniors Bri Kovacevich and Megan Coyne, for the past four years, Harvey thinks his program is set to be very competitive for years to come.
“There’s a nice junior class, and with freshman Cate Schmiedl – I think she has a promising future – and we have a very talented eighth-grade class coming in,” Harvey concluded.