A player, a coach and a true legend.
Former East Fairmont girls’ basketball sensation Darcie Vincent is creating a legacy as one of the best women’s college basketball coaches in America.
She began her quest to greatness at East Fairmont — there, she learned how to hone her skills and apply leadership qualities that would distinguish her among the rest.
While at East, Vincent paved the way for future athletes around the state. Her presence and knowledge of the game was above her time, and she took over during games and carried the Bees on her back.
During her senior year, she averaged close to 30 points per game, pushing the Bees deep into the state playoffs for the first time in school history. Not only was she a winner, but she was the first female to score 2,000 points in a high school career in the state of West Virginia and she was the Class AAA First Team All-State captain in her senior season.
“We made it to the regional semifinals and were defeated by Parkersburg,” said East Fairmont head coach Bill Malone. “After beating us, Parkersburg went all the way and won it.
“(Vincent) was a leader — she was a leader then like she is now. She could take charge, and by the time they were seniors, we had a group of really intelligent girls. We could do a lot of different things, but it mainly just came down to her leadership. She wasn’t really a ball hog. You can be a basketball player and be a good scorer, but that doesn’t mean that you can make the people around you better. She was the type of player who made other people better.”
Not only was Vincent a basketball star, but she could do other things — she was a standout on the tennis court and she played baseball.
Darcie Vincent ranks as elite basketball coach
A player, a coach and a true legend.
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