Any player who scores 51 points in a basketball game makes news. It's bigger news when it's done by a girl, since fewer points are scored in girls games. It's even bigger news when done in high school, since the games are only 32 minutes.
So Sara Pfeiffer's performance for Olean last week demanded attention. The guard scored that many points for the Huskies in a 74-53 win over Fredonia. You may have noticed that she almost outscored a very good Hillbillies team by herself.
It's been another great season for Pfeiffer, who led Olean to the Far West Regionals last season as a freshman. The 51 points included eight three-pointers, and broke the school record for point in a girls game. By the way, the boys record at Olean is also 51 points.
Her superb performance led to her selection as the Prep Talk Girls Athlete of the Week.
Uniform number: 12.
Coach Randy Samuelson on Pfeiffer: "Sara is becoming a much better basketball player this season. She has always displayed a very deep desire to get better. This season she is very aware that becoming better is so much more than just refining the skills that are on display on the court. While a combination of hard work, practice and natural talent has gone a long way in helping her to develop as a player, her improvement is being shown through developing the “intangibles” as well— those traits that aren’t easily identifiable, but are the most important for reaching a higher level of success in the sport."
How has your season gone so far?: The team is 9-2, averaging almost 30 points per game.
Highlight of athletic career so far: "Scoring 51 points against Fredonia because they were a good team. So it was a game I needed to show up big for my team."
Favorite thing about my sport: "Being able to play the sport I love with my teammates that I love."
Favorite teammate: "I love all my teammates and we are close. It's a great feeling to have teammates that you can count on, on and off the court. "
Toughest opponent: "To this point it is Fredonia, but our league is very competitive."
WNY athlete I looked up to: "I have a lot of friends that I play AAU with that I admire."
Pro/college athlete I admire now: "LeBron James."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: "Doing school work and studying. As well as enjoying time with friends and family."