By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
The Fairmont Senior girls’ basketball team lost its home opener Monday against Bridgeport, 59-51.
“This was a playoff style game,” said Fairmont Senior head coach Corey Hines. “I was very impressed with how Miki runs their team. But it’s hard to beat somebody who goes to the line 20 times. She runs that team well and they do a wonderful job as coaches over there.”
The Polar Bears came in knowing they had to stop Bridgeport’s Miki Glenn, which they did for the first half of play. Holding Glenn to 12 points was a success, but the game was just halfway over.
“Hats off to coach Hines and his staff,” said Bridgeport head coach Dave Marshall. “They did what a lot of people are going to do to us. They were trying everything they could to not let Miki beat them.”
Although the Polar Bears kept Glenn intact during the first half, FSHS found itself trying to play comeback.
Down 11-3 with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter, it was time for Hines to make some adjustments. He subbed some fresh legs and the game made an apparent twist — FSHS was making its first of many comebacks.
Driving the run that lasted halfway into the second quarter were freshman Jasmine Johnson, sophomore Emily Stoller and senior Kelsey Morrone.
“Jasmine Johnson and a few other freshmen came in and are filling some big shoes. Losing Brooklyn Little and Katie Nunan, we have some players who haven’t played so much on the varsity level,” Hines said.
“They had a little spurt there and, which, when they do have those spurts — when you lose a little bit of composure, then everything has to go perfect for you to get back in it.”