She was The Standard-Times Girls Player of the Year in basketball in her final two years of high school and graduated as Fairhaven’s all-time leading scorer — all while playing with a painful ankle throughout her four-year varsity career.

“I broke my ankle in the seventh grade and it’s never been the same,” Erin was quoted as saying after wrapping up her brilliant career in March of 2008.

Forced to play with a heavily-taped ankle and brace that helped ease the pain and serve as protective devices, all Erin did was shoot her way to the top of the school’s scoring leaders with 1,466 points in her four seasons with the Blue Devils.

With Erin in the lineup, Fairhaven compiled an overall record of 72-26 and she played her way to all-star status in the South Coast Conference all four seasons.

As a sophomore, the 5-foot-8 forward led her team in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (10.5) while registering double-figure points in 21 of her team’s 22 games.

As a junior, Erin played both the forward and shooting guard positions, leading the area in scoring (19.5) and setting a school single-game scoring record with 38 points on her way to becoming the school’s all-time leading girls’ scorer with 1,084 career points.

Erin teamed with four other junior starters that season to power the Blue Devils to a record of 22-3 en route to the school’s first South Coast Conference championship and an appearance in the Eastern Massachusetts Div. 3 South Sectional title game, where they were eliminated by eventual state champion Archbishop Williams, 63-57.

Erin’s high school career ended the following year when the senior’s record-setting effort shot her to the top of the school’s all-time scoring leaders (male and female) and sparked the Blue Devils to a second straight South Coast Conference championship (16-0) and a final overall record of 20-5 that ended with an elimination loss in the South Sectional semifinals.

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