The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

December 7, 2013

Polar Bears’ comeback falls short

MORGANTOWN — They say it’s not about how you start. Rather, it’s how you finish that matters.

The Fairmont Senior girls’ basketball team was a prime example of this Friday night against Morgantown. Well. .. almost.

Through the first 10 minutes of the contest, the Polar Bears looked flustered, frustrated and flat-out overmatched against the Class AAA opponent. They committed five turnovers and spotted the Mohigans 10 points before recording their first basket.

Junior Kaden Whaley, who led the Fairmont Senior with 16 points, said the start can partially be attributed to nerves since three players were starting for the first time.

“Coach tells us not to be scared,” she said. “We say we’re not scared... but we’re scared.”

It wasn’t the way the Polar Bears wanted to start the game, nor their season. But you know what they say about starts.

The Polar Bears put the shaky start behind them over the next three quarters, finding their rhythm as they went along.

They cut the lead to 18-16, then 36-33. Finally, with about 2:30 remaining, Emily Stoller hit a clutch corner 3-pointer to tie the game at 45.

“We’ve got a bunch of fighters,” Fairmont Senior coach Corey Hines said.

With just a minute and a half remaining, freshman Erica Bowles bowled through the lane and made a diving layup as she fell to the ground, to give the Polar Bears their first lead of the game, 47-45.

The lead, however, was shortlived. Morgantown’s Brie Guillani, who led all scorers with 25 points, sunk a 3-pointer and hit a handful more free throws down the stretch to propel the Mohigans to a 52-49 victory.

“That’s going to happen. She’s a great shooter,” Hines said. “What I’m most proud of are the people who put us in that position. Erica Bowles (14 points) is a freshman. She’s playing beyond her years. Jasmine Johnson (8 points, 7 rebounds) is coming back from injury. She comes back and plays like a beast.

“When you have young girls playing hard, that tells me that later on in the season when everybody is healthy and everybody has a little bit more understanding, we’re going to be a much better team.”

In other words ...

“I told everyone it’s not about how we start the season,” Whaley said. “It’s about how we end the season.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

1
Text Only
Prep Sports
  • NMHS #28 PITCH -TS.jpg Pitching pushes North past Monarchs in game two of doubleheader: PHOTOS

    North Marion coach Vic Seccuro wanted to send a message to his team, telling them to focus, bear down and grit out a victory.
    After falling 13-8 to Braxton County in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, the Huskies bounced back to beat John Marshall, 4-2, Saturday at North Marion High School.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • EFHS #21-OG #11-TS.jpg Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS

    Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.
    The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • NMHS #14, 21-RC #14-TS.jpg Lady Huskies fall to Ritchie County late, 5-4: PHOTOS

    It couldn’t have happened the way it did even if No. 6 Ritchie County had drawn it up.
    The bases were loaded. There were no outs. And by a swing of bad luck a fly ball was dropped in the outfield as two runs came across to score, propelling the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 9 North Marion in the final game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School Saturday.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • NMHS #14 hit.jpg North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

    A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
    Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Tori Postlewait front.jpg East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

    Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
    If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
    Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • East tennis splits with Polar Bears

    Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont split a pair of tennis matches Thursday, with Fairmont Senior winning the boys’ match and East Fairmont taking the girls’ competition.
    In the Bees’ 6-1 girls’ victory, Cara Laswell took second singles, 8-2. Erica Gorman won third singles, 8-1. And Carrington Reese won fourth singles, 8-3.

    April 18, 2014

  • University hands Huskies first loss; East edges Elkins

    The mercy rule has been a familiar part of North Marion’s softball season.
    Through the first seven games, the Huskies regularly pounded their opponents with stingy defense, sharp pitching and timely hitting. Rarely did a game go all seven innings for the previously undefeated team.

    April 17, 2014

  • EFHS Softball - CB.jpg East can’t overcome No. 7 Lincoln, falls, 4-0

    Thunder clouds weren’t the only thing looming over the East Fairmont (6-6) softball team Monday when the Lady Bees hosed No. 7 Lincoln. Joining the ominous clouds was a sense of urgency for energy that never showed up as Lincoln was able to shut out East Fairmont, 4-0.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FSHS #20-UHS  #1, 6-TS.jpg Kesling’s bat powers Polar Bears

    When Fairmont Senior’s Johnny Kesling stepped into the batter’s box this past week, it was game over.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • North Marion’s rally falls short

    North Marion had all the pieces in place for a thrilling come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon.
    The four runs in the bottom of the seventh. The tying runner on third and the Huskies’ fastest player on second. Even the clear-blue sky on the mid-70s afternoon was the perfect stage for a comeback.

    April 13, 2014

Featured Ads
Prep Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos