SHEFFIELD TWP. — Fairview guard Katie Smith nearly matched her career-best scoring mark Wednesday night.
The 5-foot-7 senior scored 27 in leading the Warriors to a 60-41 Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division win over previously unbeaten Clearview. Smith, who scored 29 against Beachwood earlier in the season, nailed Fairview’s four 3-point baskets.
Three of her threes came in the first quarter, two in a 9-0 run to end the period with Fairview in control, 16-8. Fairview (3-3, 2-1 PAC) built a 28-point lead late in the third quarter. The Clippers dropped to 3-1, all PAC games.
What did the Warriors learn from the lopsided victory?
“We have to keep up our intensity,” Smith said. “We knew it was going to be scrappy when we came into it, we just have to stick together and play hard.”
Angel Blakely, Clearview’s sharp-shooting junior guard, scored 26 points — nearly two-thirds of the Clippers’ total — 14 in the first half. She was the only Clipper in double figures. Tahjanae Coleman-Flowers finished with eight points and two of the Clippers’ three 3-pointers.
“I think we pretty much handed it to them,” Clearview coach Nick Dimacchia said. “I thought we did a pretty good job the first part of the first quarter, but we left Smith open a couple times and you can’t do that. You can’t leave her open. We just didn’t play well enough.
“We played really, really bad. That’s not an indication of the team we have. Angel played four quarters. When you’re down like that for much of three quarters, it’s easy to quit and she didn’t quit. That’s an indication of the type of player she is.”
Fairview got 16 points from junior Kaprina Hawkinson and 11 from Rachel Malloy, also a junior.
The Warriors finally have their team intact.
“It’s been a rough start for us,” Fairview coach Bill Harvey said. “At one point, I was missing four starters. We had a lot of injuries, and this is the first game we’ve been at pretty much full strength. I just got my center back from dislocating her thumb and my point guard (Megan Coyne) had knee surgery, so she was put on (limited) minutes.
“That really hurt us against Firelands (Dec. 4), because when we have all our guards out there pressing, we cause a lot of problems. But then I’d have to take her off the floor and we’re kind of a different team without her. You saw when she came out to start the second quarter, complete chaos. That’s us.”
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Fairview 60, Clearview 41
FAIRVIEW (60): Cate Schmiedl 0-0-0, Jenny Mylett 0-1-1, Bri Kovacevich 1-1-3, Sarah Digennaro 0-0-0, Katie Smith 8-7-27, Grace McConville 0-0-0, Kelsey Bilak 0-2-2, Rachel Malloy
4-3-11, Megan Coyne 0-0-0, Kaprina Hawkinson 8-0-16, Totals 21-14-60.
CLEARVIEW (41): Tiana Mitchell 0-0-0, Claudia Feicks 0-0-0, Mykela Lewis 0-0-0, Jourdan Stone 0-0-0, Katelyn Jone 0-0-0, Casey Jasinski 1-0-3, Kelli Warren 0-0-0, Tahjanae Coleman-Flowers 3-0-8, Raquel Santana 2-0-4, Angel Blakely 7-12-26, Megan Woods 0-0-0. Totals 13-12-41.
Fairview 16 20 16 8 — 60
Clearview 8 9 11 13 — 41
Three-point goals: Fairview 4-12 (Smith 4), Clearview 3-20 (Coleman-Flowers 2, Jasinski); Field goals: Fairview 21-58 (36.2 percent), Clearview 13-52 (25 percent); Free throws: Fairview 14-27, Clearview 6-8; Rebounds: Fairview 46, Clearview 35; Turnovers: Fairview 26, Clearview 23; Fouled out: Kovacevich, Woods.