Faces: Alyssa Fierro

By Beacon Staff

Alyssa Fierro embraces the home-court advantage.

“I love playing in front of my home crowd,” said the three-year basketball and volleyball starter. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world. You have all that intensity around you and you know it’s all for your team.”

And the Fierro crows support is uproarious. When the 6-foot-2-inch Fierro entangles an opponent and makes a big stop or block, the Bigfork crowd sings in unison, “Se-ven-foot-ter!”

“It gives me more confidence,” she said, even though she is 10 inches shorter.

But with advantages, height has its misconceptions. Being tall doesn’t always come with skill, and Fierro works hard to bring technique to her game.

“You have to be better than the person standing next to you,” she said. “You have to meet your standards.”

And this year’s standards are high. After a fourth place finish last year at state, this year the girls basketball team has its sight set on a stronger finish.

“We’ve all been playing together since the eighth grade,” said Fierro. And their common goal has been, “our senior year, we’ll win state.”

Playing with friends for so long, “is what makes us a good team,” she said.

And with goals in mind, Fierro’s philosophy is simple.

“You’re not going to let anything stop you.”