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Smythe plays through the pain for Eden

Cassie Smythe, deserving of some good fortune for a change, got it on Thursday night. A senior guard on the Eden girls basketball team, she contributed a pair of three-pointers to the Raiders' 55-33 win over Roy-Hart in a Section VI Class B-1 final played at ECC.

"That kid's had a crappy year," said coach Marisa Fallacaro. "Her mother passed away during the season. She tore her ACL last year and that kid has come back from everything. Then at practice [on Wednesday] she sprained her ankle. If you look at her ankle, it's the size of a tennis ball.

"I can't even explain what kind of kid she is," Fallacaro added. "I've had two ACL surgeries, so I know what it's like. And then this year the stuff she's gone through. I can't believe the kind of player she is."

Smythe's second three-pointer at the start of the second quarter gave her team the lead for good at 16-13. Eden went on to outscore Roy-Hart, 17-4, in the quarter breaking open a close game.

Smythe has been playing with a heavy heart since the death of her mother, Sandra (Steislinger) Smythe on Dec. 27.

"It's hard, but I just fight through everything," said Smythe, her right foot submerged in a cooler of ice water. "As a team, we came out together and we played really good. That's all I can ask for. They pull together for me. It was great because I couldn't do as much as I normally do."
    
--- Mary Jo Monnin

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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