Elmira, N.Y. (WENY) - Elmira girls basketball's Kiara Fisher has always been ahead of the curve. As an eighth grader, she led the Express to the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Final. Now, with 2 seasons left to play at Elmira, Fisher has verbally committed to continue her career after high school at Syracuse University.

Regarding her decision, Fisher says, "Syracuse has always been my family's favorite team and I've always dreamed of playing there. That was the first school I ever dreamed of playing at. As I was continuing to go to visits and camps, it just felt more like home every single time. "

Fisher has excelled as a member of the Express since the eighth grade. As a middle school student playing varsity, she averaged 12.7 points, 6.8 assists, and 5.1 steals per game. This past season, she averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 assists, and 5 steals per game. She's tallied 1,047 points, reaching the 1,000 point milestone in her sophomore year.  

Fisher plays with a blend of lightning quick speed and precision skill. These talents make her a perfect fit for the Orange. She says, "When I went to watch their practice, everything was just fast. Up the court, attack, no waiting. The point guard is basically in control of the game. I play fast, and I get up the court, and I attack and I feel like that's something that will fit with their style of play."

In 2016, The Orange went all the way to the NCAA championship game. Fisher is excited at the possibility of being a part of something truly special. She says, "It's really exciting to know that I can play with a team that was once capable of that and I know they can be capable of that again and that I can possibly help get them there."

With her dream within reach, Fisher feels like her hard work has payed off. She says, "It just feels like a whole weight has lifted off my shoulders. I know not only me but other athletes feel like they keep working hard toward something that might never happen but if you just keep putting in the work and work a little harder than the day before and just continue to do it, anything can happen."