By: Connor Canfield
Independence, Ohio- The up and down regular season for the Fairview Warriors concluded with a 49-41 loss to the Independence Blue Devils Saturday afternoon. Independence rode a huge third quarter to lift themselves over Fairview despite the strong effort from Fairview in the other three-quarters of play.
The first quarter was a solid affair for both sides. Smart, solid basketball with not that many mistakes, and both teams went back and forth throughout the quarter. Independence would be the one to win round one as they led 14-11 after the first. Madison Stepanik and Riccela Diegeronimo led the Blue Devils with five each while Fairview was led by Leila Discenza and Maeve Mesaros with four each while Jada Witnik added the other three.
Fairview would have the lead multiple times throughout the second quarter but could not seem to hold onto it. Independence used a barrage of threes to pull themselves ahead each time they fell behind and would lead 27-23 after the first half. They were led by Stepanik and also Anna Weber with four points while Jada Witnik and Alice Chambers both had a big quarter with six each.
The third quarter however is where Fairview has struggled throughout the year and it was no different Saturday. They struggled mightily turning the ball over and not getting any offense going. Independence took advantage of these turnovers as they extended their lead to 45-28 after three. Diegeronimo led the Blue Devils with seven while Jada Witnik had three and Alice Chambers had the other two for the Warriors.
Fairview would fight back in the fourth quarter as they held the Blue Devils to only four points while scoring thirteen of their own. The wheels would fall off the comeback train with two minutes to go as they got sloppy and Independence would survive defeating Fairview 49-41. They were led by their frontcourt as Madison Stepanik and Riccela Diegeronimo had fifteen and fourteen apiece. Fairview only had four girls score on the day as Jada Witnik would be the leader at seventeen, Maeve Mesaros would follow with ten as she had another double-double, Alice Chambers had eight, and Leila Discenza followed with six.
Fairview finishes up the regular season at a 1-18 mark. They will open up sectional play and travel to face the Hawken Hawks Wednesday night. Independence finishes their regular season at 12-6 and will get a bye into the sectional final and will face the winner of Chippewa and Brookside next Saturday.