By Amy Rutledge
The Fairview girl’s basketball team came out with a 49-43 win during their first game against the Brookside Cardinals in the Patriot Athletic Conference.
“The first quarter that’s the way we play,” said head coach Bill Harvey. “We had a nice tempo to the game going. We didn’t cause any turnovers and the shooters got their feet set and knocked that down. For some odd reason we went away from that.
“They extended their zone a little bit, and we were throwing it right to them,” he added. “Luckily in the second half we were able to apply more pressure and get the win here today. It was a big win for us.”
This is the first year for the Warriors to compete in the Patriot Athletic Conference. Previously they were part of the West Shore Conference.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Harvey said. “The last conference we were the bottom tier because of size and now all of sudden we are the fourth largest out of twelve teams. There’s more of a level playing ground as far as the number of girls to choose from. It makes it a little bit easier, but this league is definitely tough.”
The Warriors proved to be successful with the young talent that makes up the majority of their team. With only two seniors the team is extremely young compared to the twelve seniors that make up the Brookside team.
“We’re in a new conference and we did not play them last year,” Harvey said. “It was important because all we start are sophomores and juniors. We are young.
“They had a lot of seniors and some good players,” he added. “I was very worried about their size because we aren’t very big. Our strength is in our guards. They have a very good shooter that we were able to keep under wraps for most of the night. I was excited.”
Despite having the lead at the end of each quarter, Harvey said building the confidence of the young players is something the team needs to continue to develop as the season progresses.
“We just kind of got down on our size,” he stated. “They are young and they just kept getting down on themselves. They weren’t being aggressive. We would be aggressive on the defensive end and get the steal and then not be aggressive with the offensive side. I told them to we needed to take care of the basketball and set the tempo. We let them dictate it in the second and third quarters.”
Leading the team was sophomore guard Kaitlyn Smith who had 25 points.
“She (Smith) had 20 points the other night and 22 points a couple games before that,” Harvey said. “She’s really stepping out. She does a great job for us.
“My point guard Megan Coyne is another sophomore,” he added. “She sets the table. In our early loss this year we didn’t have her. She was out due to a concussion and our offense was not there. She was back today and it definitely showed. We were a little bit better out there.”
Fairview is now 4-1 and 2-1 in the PAC.