CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the second time in as many days, Fairmont State was in need of a major second-half boost.
And with the last ever West Virginia Conference title hanging in the balance, the Falcons answered the bell yet again.
Seton Hill held a 12-point lead with just over 18 minutes to go, but the Falcons stiffened on defense and finally started converting on open looks, resulting in a key 26-6 run that propelled them to a 65-54 win in the West Virginia Conference championship game at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday.
It was the Falcons' third women's championship since 2008 and the second for former Sissonville standout Kaitlin Snyder (2010), who became Fairmont's all-time leading scorer after cashing in on a free throw late in the second half. She now stands at 2,047 points for her career, passing Kristen Gattuso's old mark of 2,041.
Adding to her decorated day, she picked up tournament MVP honors and the Heart and Hustle award.
"It's amazing," Snyder said. "Who wouldn't want to end their senior year like this. It's much more memorable than my freshman year. The team that we have is outstanding. I don't think you can say any team in the conference has better team chemistry than us and I mean that with everything in me, so to go out with a team like this is phenomenal."
In a twist, Snyder set her new mark while playing against Gattuso's cousin, Katie Gattuso, who scored 13 points for Seton Hill.
Unlike Friday's game in which Snyder scored 14 points down the stretch to get the Falcons past West Liberty, Fairmont's big run on Saturday was driven mostly by Hailey Garrett and Hallie Gunnoe, who scored 16 and 11 points, respectively. Gunnoe added 10 rebounds. Snyder helped close the deal with some late foul shots and solid ball handling.
Fairmont State coach Steve McDonald said it took overcoming a tough stretch of the season to get to this point.
"I'm awfully proud of our kids," McDonald said. "We were 11-3 and had just beaten West Liberty at West Liberty and then lost to Shepherd in overtime at Shepherd, then we lost to Glenville by one at Glenville, and then we turned around two days later and played Urbana at home and lost by three. We were 11-6 and it could've been a negative turning point in our season. Instead, these guys refused to give in and the last three weeks played at an extremely high level. I attribute 95 percent of the credit to our players."
Seton Hill looked poised to complete its Cinderella run from the No. 5 seed to a tournament championship as it stifled Fairmont in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers and holding the Falcons to 37.5 percent shooting.