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02/28/03 Fairport trio hopes third time is a winner

By Jeff DiVeronica
Democrat and Chronicle


(February 28, 2003) — PERINTON — They have combined for more than 2,300 points, 1,600 rebounds and exactly 80 victories in four years of high school basketball.

But the Fairport trio of point guard Sabrina Boykin, forward Lindsay Ellis and guard-forward Liz Hahn would trade all of those impressive achievements for just one more victory.

That victory would earn the top-seeded Red Raiders a trip to the Section V Class AA Tournament championship -- the trio’s first without former star Caitlin Howe leading the way.

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A three-year All-Monroe County basketball player, Fairport’s Liz Hahn, right, has helped lead the Red Raiders to an 80-13 record over four seasons.

“That’s a little bit of motivation because we’re kind of a team on our own now,” Ellis says. “But it’s also our senior year and our last opportunity. What better time to do it?”

Each has been voted All-Monroe County three times, but capturing the crown -- top-seeded Fairport (21-1) plays No. 2 Greece Athena (19-3) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial -- would help ease the frustrations of falling short the previous two seasons.

In 2001, Howe’s knee injury in the state quarterfinals ruined what would have been a good chance to win the state title. Last season, top-seeded Fairport was upset in the sectional semifinals. Second chances don’t come often, but Boykin, Ellis and Hahn have one.

“I do think people have underestimated our team,” says Hahn, who averages 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and has 819 career points and 625 rebounds.

Says Boykin: “Not taking anything away from Caitlin, but I’m sure there’s a lot of people who thought we were just Caitlin’s sidekicks.”

They’ve disproved that the past two seasons, stepping up production and leadership while going 38-6 without Howe.

“They’re the reason we are where we are,” says first-year coach Kermit Moyer. “Each one has unique qualities that blend with everyone else.”

Boykin has become the floor leader, whose quick hands and feet give opposing guards fits. She is averaging career-bests in points (10.9), steals (4.0), rebounds (3.0) and assists (3.0).

“(An opponent) once called me an animal and told me to get off her. That stuck with me,” she says.

Ellis, who has signed with Le Moyne College, can dominate in the lane. One of Section V’s strongest rebounders despite her 5-foot-9 size, she also has developed her offensive game. She averaged 11.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last year and is at 14.9 and 9.0 this winter. She has 823 career points and 855 rebounds.

Hahn can hurt teams inside or out. She and classmates Josa Hanzlik and Kristin Olejarczyk are Fairport’s top shooters. Not only would winning the title validate Boykin, Ellis and Hahn’s careers, but it would send seven other seniors out as champions.

“We want to win it for all these girls who have put in so much time over the years,” backup forward Shannon Garrett says.

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