Ever since Pfirman joined the South Williamsport (Pa.) High varsity basketball team as a freshman, her development has been closely chronicled in the local newspaper. Notoriety in a small town means getting recognized, for example, at the grocery store.
"All the old men read the newspaper," said Pfirman, a Maryland-bound forward. "I'll walk by and they'll say, 'Hey, are you that Pfirman girl from South Williamsport? Oh yeah, we read about you in the paper.' But that's pretty much it. 'Are you from South Williamsport? You're tall -- are you Tierney?'"
Getting used to fame in her town -- and regular comparisons to WNBA player and fellow Lycoming County native Kelly Mazzante -- has been a process for Pfirman. But looking back on her high school career, Pfirman sees plenty of positives from being in the spotlight.
"it definitely got me out of my shell and expanded by communication," she said. "It's definitely only going to get better from there."
Pfirman is headed for a bigger stage in College Park this fall. While she doesn't know what her role will be as a freshman, she'll join the Terps with a realistic sense of confidence about what can be accomplished at Maryland.
"There's a lot of work still to be done," Pfirman said. "Hopefully I can help ... accomplish team goals and win the national championship. ... [It's] just the next step in the experience that awaits. [I'll] just hopefully be able to bring out my skill level and just help them."
Name: Tierney Pfirman
Birthdate: Feb. 4, 1994
Birthplace: Williamsport, Pa.
Hometown: South Williamsport, Pa.
Height: 6-1 1/2
High School: South Williamsport
Senior statistics: 24 ppg, 13 rpg, 3 apg
Rankings: ESPN.com -- No. 22 player nationally, No. 4 forward, four-star prospect, 95 rating
Runner-up school: "I would have went and visited Vanderbilt and maybe Iowa State."
Other schools considered: Northwestern, Rutgers, Delaware, Villanova, Dayton
Favorite all-time Terp: Marissa Coleman
Favorite music: Jason Derulo and Iyaz
Favorite movie: "Love and Basketball"
Favorite TV show: "NCIS"
Favorite food: Chicken nuggets
Favorite high school class: Composition
Favorite thing about College Park: “The environment and the people there, along with the basketball coaching staff.”
Hobbies: "Watching movies, playing basketball, hanging out with friends."
Intended major: Elementary education or sports management
Something that not many people know about you: “When I was little I did gymnastics and I played dress-up."
Best basketball moment: “Hitting the game-winning shot my sophomore year against Lewisburg."
Role model: “I'd have to say my brother -- his name is Kris -- because he achieves great things and just because he's in med school right now. His determination and encouragement in pursuing his dream allows me to follow his footsteps and pursue mine."
Why Maryland? “Well, the distance to home, it's like three-and-a-half hours away. So it's one of the closer schools. I'm very family-oriented. And along with the style of play, I'll fit in well there. I like the up-tempo style of play. And I fell in love with the coaching staff on my first visit. Ever since that one visit, my mind wasn't changing. It had a great impact. That's why I'm going there."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun