Democrat and Chronicle
(February 26, 2003) — WEBSTER — Last year’s Cinderella threw another scare
into a top seed on Tuesday, but this time Fairport survived.
Fifth-seeded Churchville-Chili, which upset No. 1 Fairport and No. 2
Greece Athena en route to the 2002 Section V Class AA Tournament title,
cut a 15-point third-quarter deficit all the way to four, but the Red
Raiders escaped with a 66-57 semifinal victory at Webster Schroeder.
Fairport (21-1) plays for the crown for the fifth time in seven years in
Monday’s 8:30 p.m. championship at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.
It faces No. 2 Greece Athena, which tagged the Raiders with their only
loss two weeks ago.
“Churchville didn’t want their season to
end and I know we didn’t want ours to end again like last year,” said
Fairport senior forward Kristin Olejarczyk, who scored eight of her 10
points in the frantic fourth quarter.
It looked like a Fairport blowout early,
as the smaller Saints (12-10) couldn’t compete on the boards. Powered by
forward Lindsay Ellis (15 points, 13 rebounds), the Raiders relied on
second-chance points to build a 19-6 lead.
Fairport’s Kristin Olejarczyk, shooting over Churchville-Chili’s Colleen
Montgomery, finished with 10 points in the Red Raiders’ 66-57 victory in
the Section V Class AA girls basketball semifinals Tuesday night.