Kim Fraisse's final high school water polo match ended in a loss for her Crescenta Valley High Falcons, but it illustrated as clearly as any in her stellar career just what made her a consummate winner in three years as a varsity standout.
With 278 goals over that span, which included a 74-19 record for the Falcons with two league titles and three trips to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals or better, Fraisse had already established herself as a player who could take over the biggest games and put the team on her back. In a valiantly played 10-9 loss to No. 2 seed Temsecal Canyon in the CIF Division V semifinals on Feb. 23, she solidified that legacy.
"I used a couple of terms to describe her at our banquet — 'the presence,' or the 'difference maker," Falcons Coach Pete Loporchio says. "When the chips are down in the higher intensity games, she made a huge difference. There was a presence about her when she was in a game and she could literally take over a game. I think there are players who can do that at certain levels. I'm not sure there were many in our division that could do it at the level she did it, whether it was league finals or CIF semifinals or quarterfinals."