The Times West Virginian


February 23, 2013

Staying home at FSU  pays off for Garrett

FAIRMONT — Fairmont State University sophomore basketball player Hailey Garrett has quickly been able to translate the success she enjoyed at North Marion High School, where she was a member of three straight state championship teams, to the college level.

 And even though her transition was smooth largely in part to familiarity, as she still lives at home and plays alongside a few of her former high school teammates, she still remembers a defining moment during her freshman season when she and her FSU teammates were able to let down their guards down and became a closer team.

“We went to a teammate’s house and had dinner,” Garrett said. “I was trying to go outside and a screen door was there and I just kind of plowed right through it. That was kind of the ice breaker for everybody.” 

Ever since, Garrett, who was selected to the WVIAC All-Freshman team last season, said that she and her teammates like to spend time together and support one another even outside the realm of practices and games.

“I try to be a good friend and be there for them if they ever need anything,” Garrett said.

Garrett, a 6-0 forward, has chemistry with all of her teammates, but she has a longstanding history with a select group who donned the black and white of the North Marion Huskies with her just a few short years ago.

“You have your support system with you. Everything I had in high school transferred over to college,” Garrett said. “Being able to play with my former teammates is awesome and whether you mean to or not, you still kind of look for them first.” 

Another perk to staying in Fairmont is Garrett’s ability to remain close to her family.

“What really sold me about Fairmont State was the fact that I was close to home and my little brother,” she said.

Steve McDonald, head coach of FSU’s women’s basketball team, said that even though Garrett hails from just down the road, that doesn’t mean a lot of time and effort didn’t go into recruiting her for his team.

“We were recruiting Hailey for two to three years,” he said. “She didn’t come here by accident. We put a lot of work into it.”

McDonald also said that Garrett’s decision to commit to her hometown school has provided some very special opportunities.

“When she can play in front of her parents, family, extended family and other people from around the county, that’s huge,” McDonald said. “If you can pick the right school for you academically that’s also the right school for you in sports, it’s just a win-win for everybody and it’s certainly very special for Hailey.”

Garrett, who has averaged 13.3 ppg this season for the Falcons, said that her family has been key to her basketball career from the beginning.

“What really motivated me to start playing and keep playing was my mom and my family,” she said. “They always pushed me, were always there for me and made me do my best every time.” 

Garrett started playing basketball on the boys’ team in the fourth grade.

“I didn’t know if there was a girls’ team or not,” she said.

Once she realized there was, she transferred to the girls’ team and soon began playing for Coach Jeff Hyde at Mannington Middle School, who she said was a key figure in her development as a player.

“All the credit goes to him,” Garrett said.

Garrett’s athletic ability wasn’t limited to just basketball, however. She also ran cross country and played softball and volleyball.

“I just did anything that was active,” Garrett said.

When she’s not expending energy on the court, though, Garrett said she spends the majority of her time focusing on school. An exercise science and pre-pharmacy major, Garrett has an ultimate goal of attending pharmacy school.

“Hailey’s an excellent student,” McDonald said. “She brings so much more than what she does on the basketball court as a representative of Fairmont State.”

As for basketball, Garrett hopes that she and her team, which enters today’s home game against Ohio Valley with a record of 18-9, can continue to improve in the coming weeks, months and years.

“I hope we continue to get better and eventually get to an NCAA tournament,” she said.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.


Text Only
  • Post 17 #7 Post 2 #12 mw.JPG Post 17 falls short in Area II championship

    Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.
    Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
    After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
    As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
    “Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”

    July 28, 2014 7 Photos

  • Harrison’s 4 hits leads Pirates past Rockies, 7-5

    Josh Harrison had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

  • MLB inducts newest members into Hall of Fame

    Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.

    July 27, 2014

  • Post 17 falls short of Area II championship

    Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.

    July 27, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali wins Tour de France

    Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling’s greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

    July 27, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: La Russa gives old pal Leyland a taste of Hall of Fame

    Jim Leyland didn’t expect it, at least not yet, but there he was in Cooperstown, New York for this week’s induction ceremony.

    July 27, 2014

  • JAMES UNDER RAINBOW -TS.jpg Post 17 plays itself into Area II championship game: PHOTOS

    The goal was simple for Post 17 Fairmont: Beat Bridgeport and advance to the state American Legion Tournament. But it left with more than a state tournament berth Saturday night at East Fairmont High School.
    After beating Bridgeport, 11-8, Fairmont secured a spot in next week’s state tournament. But with one challenge down, Fairmont moved on to the next: Playing itself into an area championship game.

    July 27, 2014 14 Photos

  • Knowing facts key to preventing sports injuries

    Youth sports injuries have been on the rise in recent years, leading parents, players and coaches asking one thing: How can we prevent these things from happening?
    A recent poll on the Times West Virginian website revealed that 41.8 percent of readers believe that there is no way to prevent injuries, while 26.47 percent said the best way to prevent injuries was to not play at all and 20.59 percent said that working hard was the best way to limit injuries.

    July 27, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
    This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.

    July 27, 2014

  • Pirates fall victim to Rockies, 8-1

    Nolan Arenado bounced back from a benching with three hits, including a home run, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Saturday night.
    Tyler Matzek pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who have won three straight.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos