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01/15/03 Strong second half carries Fairport girls past HF-L

Democrat & Chronicle

By Jeff DiVeronica
Democrat and Chronicle

(January 15, 2003) — PERINTON — The Fairport girls basketball team edged Honeoye Falls-Lima 66-60 on Tuesday behind big second-half efforts from point guard Sabrina Boykin and forward Kristen Olejarczyk.

The unbeaten Red Raiders (12-0) are No. 1 in the Democrat and Chronicle’s large-school coaches’ poll and sixth in the state among Class A schools.

But don’t let the numbers fool you. Fairport isn’t unbeatable.

“I don’t think we’re at our best yet, but hopefully we’ll peak at the right time,” said forward Lindsay Ellis, one of five senior starters and three All-Monroe County players along with Boykin and Liz Hahn.

HF-L (9-3), a squad with two freshmen and two sophomore starters, had four shots to take the lead in the fourth quarter but came up empty. The Class B Cougars, who had won eight straight and are No. 4 locally, were led by sophomore Maddy Brown’s 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Fairport has won five times by eight points or fewer, including once in overtime and another time by one point. Poor free-throw shooting hurt the Raiders Tuesday. They average 65 percent, but made just 48 percent (13-for-27).

Erica Williamson, a 6-foot-3 freshman for HF-L, gave Fairport trouble defensively with 8 blocks, while adding 12 rebounds and 10 points. But the speedy Boykin scored 12 of her 18 points and Olejarczyk hit for 13 of her career-high 17 in the second half. Hahn added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ellis scored 15.

HF-L, which should be one of Section V’s best the next two years, never trailed by more than seven, tied it twice in the third quarter and was down by one twice in the fourth. “We played right with the area’s best team,” Brown said.

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