Randy Smith understands his role as the Austintown Fitch point guard quite well. It’s his job to lead the Falcons on the floor.
Late in the first quarter, it was Smith who turned the tables in the Falcons’ favor in a 72-58 victory over Boardman on Friday night at Fitch High School.
“After the first quarter, Coach told us we had to pick up the intensity,” Smith said. “We had to stick to the gameplan — drive, kick and find the open man.”
The Spartans (3-5) held an 18-8 lead with just more than two minutes to play in the first period as Smith drove to the bucket and was fouled. He made one of the two charity tosses, but noticed the opening in the process that gave the Falcons (4-4) an edge.
“I like to get our players going,” Smith said. “I’m the point guard. I like to get everybody going. I try to be a floor general and get everyone on track. If I have a lane, I’ll take it. If I see our shooters open, I’m definitely going to kick it.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.