CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With 11 minutes remaining in the game and his team trailing by two points, a Fairmont State fan yelled, "It's Kaitlin time!"
It certainly was.
Kaitlin Snyder, the Falcons' senior all-conference guard, promptly drilled a 3-pointer and scored 14 of her team's final 24 points as Fairmont pulled away to a 71-63 victory over West Liberty in Friday's West Virginia Conference women's semifinals at the Civic Center.
Fairmont trailed 46-44 when Snyder opened her barrage with a trey from the head of the key. Her fast-break layup 22 seconds later put the Falcons up by three, and her 7-for-8 free throw shooting in the game's final minute squelched any chance the Hilltoppers might have had at a comeback.
"Teams that win and advance [in tournaments] always have a go-to player," Fairmont head coach Steve McDonald said after the game. "They always put the ball in the hands of their All-Americans."
McDonald also had high praise for sophomores Hailey Garrett and Hallie Gunnoe.
"They had great games today and are also good players as well," he said "We are not a one-person team. Just look at the stat sheet; we had five [players] in double figures."
West Liberty had an opportunity to run away and hide from Fairmont early in the first half. The Hilltoppers led 18-9 at the half's midway point and appeared to be in control, but coach Lynn Ullom's team inexplicably lost its intensity.