Whitney’s Fahey headed to Sonoma

Wildcats’ all-time scoring leader had big senior year
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Whitney High 2010 graduate Kristina Fahey will attend Sonoma State on a partial basketball scholarship. The versatile Fahey was a four-year starter at Whitney and is the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer. She played several positions and averaged 13.2 points per game, 3.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 1.6 blocks as a senior. Fahey was all-Pioneer Valley League as a junior and a senior and she earned an honorable mention for all-league status as a sophomore. Fahey, 5-foot-11, helped Whitney set school records for overall wins (17-10 record) and PVL wins (6-6). She also set single-game records for points (26) and assists (nine) as a senior. Whitney coach Joel Williams called Fahey “the most versatile player to ever play for the Wildcats” as Fahey played anywhere from point guard to the low post. “She’s a great kid – she made herself into a basketball player,” Williams said. “Some kids are just naturally, just over gifted basketball players. She is a very gifted athlete but she had to work at it . . . And she became that go-to kid . . . it never came easy for her and she worked really hard.” That hard work turned into a $3,600 partial scholarship to Sonoma State. “My coaches always told me that I could be as great as I wanted to be and I never really believed them,” Fahey said. “But I surprised myself that I could be really good and the harder I pushed myself the easier things were for me to do.” Fahey says she became a leader as a senior. “For the first three seasons (at Whitney) there was always someone that I could look up to or pass to but my senior year there was nobody there to look up to so I guess I was that person,” said Fahey, who also played AAU basketball for the Pacific Pistols. “And I stepped up and became a leader.” Fahey isn’t playing basketball for anybody this summer. “Since I have already signed I can’t play AAU but I have been going to the gym about every day and playing basketball and lifting weights,” said Fahey, who also received strong interest from Chico State and Dominican University. “I am definitely excited,” said Fahey about her upcoming college career. “It’s always been a dream. But more of a dream than reality. But in about my junior year I kind of realized that it could become a reality.” Fahey’s former Whitney teammate, 2010 graduate Paige Transue, will also play at Sonoma State. Transue will take a medical red-shirt as a freshman as she is recovering from a torn ACL. She suffered the torn ACL at the very beginning of her senior season at Whitney. “We went on our official visit together and we both really like it there,” said Fahey about going to Sonoma with Transue. The first thing Fahey thinks back on when she remembers her senior season is beating Rocklin High 50-45 in December. “Nobody thought we had it in us and we were playing in their house,” Fahey said. “And we all played really good and got it done.” Williams will miss having Fahey on his team. “She was just a pleasure to coach,” Williams said.