For Firestone High School football coach Tim Flossie, it was a no-brainer.
With just two seconds before halftime and the ball resting outside the opponent's 25-yard line, Flossie called timeout and looked down the bench for the team's smallest player, kicker Alana Gaither.
"I really didn't know how far it was," Flossie said. "You know, just kick it, what the heck."
Ellet High School had just scored a touchdown, cutting Firestone's lead to 21-6.
"I was like, 'Coach, I'm feeling good,' " Gaither recalled telling Flossie. "I can do it. I know I can."
Gaither, a senior, and holder Jordan Shaffer, lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt.
Gaither took a three-step drop and eyed the goal posts one last time.
"Before it was like, 'You'd better not miss it because you could make history here," said Gaither's teammate, Tommy Brown, an Ohio State recruit. "Then she kicked it. I was just like, 'Wow, I knew she could do it.' "
Gaither's soccer-style kick easily cleared the crossbar.
Some people who saw the kick have estimated that it may have been good from 48 yards.
Still, the 43-yard field goal could be plenty long enough to be a national record for a female kicker made during a high school game.
Separate records for female football players are not kept in Ohio.
"I called a couple of people at the Akron Beacon Journal to check it out," Flossie said. "And they said, 'Well, that looks pretty good.' Hopefully, it stands up."
Gaither, who also plays soccer during the fall, was recruited by Flossie three years ago after no one from the boys soccer team was interested in the kicker position.
"I went over there and saw these girls kicking the heck out of the ball," Flossie said. "And she was the youngest one and kicked it the farthest.
"And she was bugging a couple of coaches, like a week later, for a bag of footballs," said Flossie. "And we gave it to her. And she's done it by herself."
Gaither taught herself how to kick field goals by practicing at least 30 minutes a day, four days or more each week, during the summer months.
For extra points, Gaither, a soccer kicker, takes two steps back, and two steps laterally away from the football.
For field goals, she takes a three-step drop.
And Gaither is accurate.
This season, the right-footed kicker has made 27 of 29 extra point attempts and four field goals, all over 30 yards.
Firestone, with a 4-3 record, is hoping to reach the state playoffs.
"She's like money in the bank," Flossie said. "Even when we kick in practice, she'll go 40 yards back and put eight out of 10 through."
"I feel like we're very fortunate to have a kicker like Alana," said running back Cody Grice. "I look around the city and it's like only one or two schools that have kickers."
"Oh man, she's phenomenal," Brown said. "To just trust a kicker, that's amazing. I love it."
Gaither, who carries close to a 3.8 grade point average, hopes to play soccer in college, but football isn't out of the question either.
"I've gotten a handful of football recruiting letters," Gaither said. "I'm sure that half of those might not even recognize that I'm a girl."
Gaither has made over 50-yard field goal attempts while practicing with friends and family members.
"She's really confident, calm," Flossie said. "You know, if I asked her to kick a 50-yarder, she'd take a shot at it."
But for Gaither, the best memories are not the kicks, but the friendships she has made with her football teammates.
"If there's anything I want people to get out of this story," said Gaither, "it's just how well my team has treated me during this entire experience. A lot of them have grown to be my best friend."