When you looked at a stat sheet after a Fairmont Senior girls basketball game this season, Courtney Wilfong's numbers may not have jumped off the page. She averaged a 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals this season for the state champion Polar Bears. But that last stat was her bread and butter.
She was the Polar Bears defensive anchor, and always seemed to make the right defensive read, or key steal and crucial bucket at the right time. Additionally, if you attended a post game press conference of Head Coach Corey Hines, you left knowing exactly who Courtney was.
"I think honestly he might be way more excited than I am," Wilfong. "He pushed hard. Like everybody knows he was my 'personal agent.'"
After many public pleas for his point guard to get a collge basketball opportunity, Wilfong committed to play for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats this week. She also held offers from Glenville State and West Virginia State.
"I love the game. Playing in college has always been a dream since I was in fourth grade."
She visited the Buckhannon campus in June and just had a "gut feeling" that Wesleyan was the school she was meant to attend.
"Sometimes you get a vibe. It's a great educational school and I've heard nothing but good things."
The Lady Bobcats, under Head Coach -- have already given Wilfong things to work on during the summer.
"They just really wanted me to improve my confidence in shooting and ball handling because my defense is obviously already one of my strengths."
Wilfong completes a trio of Polar Bears with Anysa Jordan (Eastern Kentucky) and Abby Faulkner (WV State) that will play college basketball. Wilfong and Faulkner will meet in the Mountain East Conference.
"I like playing against people I know. It's more competitive and fun. With Abby, I played with her and I never played against her, so it will be cool to do that.
Wilfong was a key part of two state championship teams in her four years at Fairmont Senior (2017 & 2019), and the experience she gained winning those trophies with her teammates was invaluable.
"Basketball is probably the only thing I'll miss from high school. Everybody's goal in high school basketball is to win a state championship and to say that I've been able to do it twice is just a blessing. I'm just thankful I was able to experience something like that."