By: Tyler Danburg & Jack Jewitt
FAIRVIEW PARK, OH–It was the Fairview Lady Warriors (3-2) second overall game in the Great Lakes Conference, as they hosted the top-tiered Bay Village Rockets (3-2). Not only was this a highly anticipated matchup against a ranked Rockets opponent, but it was the first time former Warriors leading scorer Julia Costas came to town after moving to Bay before her junior year. “The relationships I had with them, it’s weird to play against the ones you’ve been playing with for a while; but it’s great to be back, ” Costas, who was limited to only two points, said.
But it was all Lady Rockets, starting from the tip. Bay used their physicality to their advantage and got off to a 14-4 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Bay senior Jen Hanslik tallied six first half points, all residing in the first quarter. But the main anchor was Rockets guard Emily Martin, connecting for 11 points on the perimeter, leading Bay to a 39-4 lead. The Rockets had a whopping 32-0 run all the way into the middle of the second quarter, but was ended by a bucket from Fairview’s Lizzy Williams.
The Warriors did see new life coming into the start of the second half, with Jada Witnik burying two straight three-pointers on two consecutive possessions, but the Warriors still saw themselves miles away from a comeback at the end of the third quarter, trailing 52-15.
The Lady Rockets soon brought in the reserves to finish off another GLC win, but were out-rebounded by Fairview’s front court, led by Maeve Mesaros coming off the bench with five points and seven rebounds. Still, Bay’s guard play was too much in Wednesday’s contest, with the Lady Warriors falling to the Lady Rockets by a score of 61-24.
The Fairview Women’s Basketball team, now at 3-3, looks to bounce back this Saturday December 14th against Valley Forge at 2 pm.
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