"I'll give Fairmont credit," Ullom said afterward. "They were down 18-9. Their backs were to the wall, and they knew that if they didn't kill themselves to win, they're going home.
"For that however-many-minute stretch [afterward], they looked like varsity girls playing against junior-high girls. They got every loose ball, every offensive rebound. We're just not good enough to [have] that kind of lack of effort and still win a basketball game."
Fairmont outscored West Liberty 22-9 in the half's final 8:18 and took a four-point lead into the locker room at halftime. The teams traded the lead three times early in the second half before Snyder's late heroics allowed Fairmont to pull away.
The former Sissonville star led the Falcons with 20 points, 11 of them at the free-throw line, and also registered four assists and four steals. Garrett tallied her 12th double-double of the season with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance. Fairmont's other double-figure scorers were Briana Welch with 13, Gunnoe with 11 and Tiffany Nicholson with 10.
West Liberty junior Hillary Southworth, this year's WVC player of the year, scored 26 points to take game-high scoring honors. Emily Blevins and Meghan Wiseman had 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Hilltoppers, who finished the season 21-8.
Fairmont (22-9) will take on fifth-seeded Seton Hill in today's 1:07 p.m. championship game. Seton Hill topped the University of Charleston 61-49 in the other semifinal.
Fairmont State defeated Seton Hill twice in the regular season, but both games were tight. The Falcons needed overtime to beat the Griffins 59-58 Jan. 7 at Fairmont, then won 72-71 Feb. 21 at Seton Hill.
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.