02/06/03 Fairport tips Penfield for Division
|By James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle
(February 5, 2003) — PERINTON — When Fairport’s usual path to victory was
blocked, the Red Raiders once again found another way to win.
Kristin Olejarczyk, normally not option No. 1 in Fairport’s offense, scored
14 points on Tuesday to help the unbeaten Red Raiders hold off Penfield
52-47 and clinch the Monroe County Division I girls basketball title.
With Penfield paying close attention to Fairport forwards Liz Hahn and
Lindsay Ellis, Olejarczyk provided 12 of her points in the second half.
“Scoring points isn’t the whole game,” said Olejarczyk. “I try to have a
better defensive game than an offensive game, but points always help.”
Olejarczyk was one of 10 players honored duringFairport’s senior night. She
scored eight points to fuel a 12-4 push during a five- minute run that put
the Red Raiders (11-0 league, 17-0 overall) in control of the game.
“She’s a great standstill shooter,” said Hahn, who finished with eight
points. “She found her spots and she got hot.”
Penfield’s Jacklyn LeBlanc makes this basket in the first half as Fairport’s
Josa Hanzlik, left, and Ashley McMillen look on. McMillen led all scorers
with 17 points for Penfield.
The Patriots, who trailed by 14 points early in
the fourth quarter, closed to within four points in the final half minute of
Fairport’s experience showed again however, as they made four free throws, and a
layup by Olejarczyk in the final 1:13 helped keep the Red Raiders ahead.
Fairport has lost four league games since the 1996-97 season.
“We’ve been a family for so long,” Olejarczyk said. “We started playing together
when we were really young and have worked our way up to varsity.
“We’ve grown up with each other. We know we can hit the big shots when we need
That type of confidence is valuable, and it is something the Patriots would like
to get their hands on.
The Patriots (9-2, 14-3) were on a nine-game win streak before their rematch
with Fairport, but once again they could not find a way to beat Monroe County’s
Penfield won five games in a row to open the season, but were handled at home
62-54 by Fairport on Dec. 20. Honeoye Falls-Lima gave the Patriots their other
Fairport, like any team, thrived off second- and third-chance shots in the first
meeting with the Patriots. This time, Penfield players hustled after more
rebounds and cut down on the number of putback baskets for the Red Raiders.
The Patriots also surrounded Hahn and Ellis (nine points) every chance they
could, especially in the first half.
Every time any Red Raider touched the basketball while standing near the basket,
at least two defenders were there to pester.
Instead of the 16-point deficit they faced in the first game, the Patriots were
even with the Red Raiders at halftime, 22-22.
“They definitely did a better job defensively than the last time,” Hahn said.
“Lindsay and I usually set the tone.”
Instead of sagging, Fairport’s offense picked up in the third quarter.
Olejarczyk scored six consecutive points during Fairport’s key run on mid-range
Penfield failed to score during a four-minute span in the quarter and went 4:43
without a field goal. “We didn’t give up any intensity,” said Penfield junior
Jackie LeBlanc. “Our shots just weren’t falling.”
Only two of Penfield’s 11 attempts from the floor went down in the quarter. The
Patriots trailed 48-38 before a 6-0 run put them within striking distance of the
After Ashley McMillen (17 points) made two free throws, Fairport’s lead was
48-44 with 27.9 seconds remaining.
Red Raiders point guard Sabrina Boykin first beat Penfield’s defensive pressure
after the inbounds pass, then made both free-throw attempts when the Patriots
A travel call against Penfield’s Kayleigh Duda (10 points), put the Patriots in
a no-win situation.