As Seton Keough's point guard, senior Katelyn Fischer contributes to her team's success in many ways - from finding her open teammates in the post to hitting three-point shots. She averages 12 points, six assists and three steals for the No. 3 Gators, who are aiming for a spot in Sunday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title game. Also a soccer player for the Gators, Fischer plays for the Amateur Athletic Union Sure Shots. She wants to play basketball in college and has drawn attention from some Division III schools. Planning to become an accountant, she has a 4.12 grade-point average.
What role has basketball played in your life?
It pretty much controls my life. I basically just play all the time. All my free time goes to basketball. My friends are always mad because I can't hang out because I always have practice or a game. During the season in high school, sometimes we go 20 days straight without a break. Even this past week, we're playing five games in eight days and that's a lot. We practice the other three days.
Last week, your team made a big comeback against St. Frances but fell just short. What did that mean for the rest of the season?
It's definitely a confidence-booster for us. We had the lead at halftime. We were up by what, six [24-18]? That's something I don't think anybody expected. We knew we could play with them, but actually going out there and playing with them is a whole different story for our team. Since we're young, we kind of needed that confidence and the fact that we came from 22 down to cut it to four, I think that shows how tough we are mentally. I think we've grown a lot.
How tough is the tournament going to be?
I'm so nervous, because since all these other teams have dropped out [to the B Conference], I feel like our conference is so much stronger and anybody can beat anybody on any given day. Teams like Mercy that'll just go out and play hard. They don't have any key players, but they'll all play hard and play disciplined, and those are the scariest teams, especially when we've beaten everybody twice except for St. Frances. They're going to try not to lose a third time. We're not given a spot in the championship by any means.
Why do you want to be an accountant?
Everybody asks me that [laughs]. I like money. I like numbers, and Coach Jackie [Boswell] makes fun of me all the time for this, but I don't like being around people all that much. I'm kind of shy and I'd rather sit and get my work done and then go socialize as opposed to socializing while I'm getting my work done. And math's my favorite subject.
Do you want to play basketball in college?
I'm still waiting to see where I'm going next year. I really don't care what division it is. I just want to play. It's more for my education anyway. I'd rather get my education paid for, but it really doesn't bother me where I go as long as it's a good school.
What do you do on snow days?
I pretty much do homework, because I'm a nerd and I like to get ahead. This year, I've developed this anxiety where I need to get all my work done on the day it's given. Whether it's due three weeks from now, I just need to get it done and I like being ahead. I like to feel productive. If I'm just sitting there watching TV, I feel like I'm wasting my life away.
If you had one wish guaranteed to come true, what would you wish for?
Probably, I'd wish that someone would find the cure for cancer.
Why would you wish that?
Because my mom [Melissa Fischer] has breast cancer. She was just diagnosed last year and just to see the suffering that she's gone through and that everybody else goes through with it, I feel like it's so unnecessary. I don't feel like anybody deserves that, especially with how [North Carolina State women's basketball coach] Kay Yow just died. That was so detrimental to the whole basketball world, and she was such a good person. I don't feel like people like that need to die because of breast cancer.
How's your mom doing?
She's doing OK. She's in radiation now, but she was really sick for a while.
Has this gotten you involved in anything as far as fundraising for cancer research?
My mom buys everything that has to do with breast cancer. If it has a pink ribbon on it, she'll buy it. Even at Keough, we're doing the Walk For Hope, which is not for breast cancer but it's raising money for the cure and we're going to send money to St. Jude's. That's a big thing that the NHS [National Honor Society] is a part of, and I think it's great. I decided I'm going to grow out my hair and donate it to Locks of Love.