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Fitch girls get a rest at post season approaches

January 31, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

With one week off between games, Fitch girls head basketball coach Dan Schnurrenberger had a moment to reflect on how his ladies were performing as of late.

With the postseason quickly approaching, the coach realized this mini vacation would be a great time for his troops to recharge their batteries.

"It is important for us to get healthy and get some rest for the tough stretch to end the season and for the state tourney," Schnurrenberger said. "I told the girls to take some time to rest physically and mentally."

After two tough double-digits losses to Canfield and West Branch, the Fitch girls needed a good game to get back on track. In reality, the Lady Falcons got two good games. Fitch edged Warren Harding 41-40 on the road on Jan. 24 and then came back the following night to win another road game at Youngstown East 68-36. The win over the Lady Golden Bears pushed the Falcons record to 7-4 inside the All American Red Tier and they are 10-7 overall.

"I'm proud of the way the team bounced back after our two losses to Canfield and West Branch," Schnurrenberger said.

Camryn Constance was the hero for the Falcons in the battle in Warren. The senior went scoreless the entire evening until there were just 16 seconds left in the game. That's when Constance connected on a 3-pointer to give her the only points she would score. It also gave her team a one-point victory. That final shot was also the last one in a flurry of triples by both clubs that turned a decent Fitch lead into a nail-biter down the stretch. Sabria Hunter scored a game-high 18 points for Fitch. Gina DiFrancesco followed her with 12 points, including three 3-pointers.

DiFrancesco dumped 14 points on East in the Falcons' blow out victory. Hunter accounted for 24 points to once again lead the way. Being a leader, both on and off the floor, has been a staple for Hunter since she stepped foot on the Fitch campus three years ago. Her court career hit a milestone last week as she eclipsed 1000 points. That's a feat that very few girls have accomplished and, according to her coach, it couldn't have happened to a better young lady.

"Sabria earned her 1000 points," Schnurrenberger said. "She is a very hardworking player and the coaching staff and Austintown faith family are all extremely proud of her."

Schnurrenberger then continued to admire his superstar player with some words of wisdom.

"I heard someone once say, 'people are rewarded in public for what they practice in private,'" he said. "This quote rings true to Sabria's path along the way to 1000 points."

Hunter may have to score that many points this Saturday if the Falcons are to foil a hot Howland outfit away from home. The Lady Tigers have been torrid lately winning 11 of their past 12 games. They are an impressive 8-2 in the Red Tier and have fourteen wins overall. Schnurrenberger's squad will be seeking revenge since they were nipped by the Tigers at home 46-45 on Jan. 6.

A home game against Akron Garfield will take place on Monday, Feb. 5 then Fitch will play its rescheduled Senior Night game versus Lakeview on Feb. 7.



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