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Falcon girls wrap up season with Glen Oak

March 1, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

When the Fitch girls basketball team beat Massillon Perry in the opening round of the Canton District of the Division I state tournament, it earned the right to challenge second seeded Canton GlenOak in the sectional finals.

Unfortunately for the Fitch ladies, it wasn't much of a challenge for the talented Lady Golden Eagles. GlenOak gouged the local kids 28-11 in the first half then continued the onslaught to the tune of 40-19 in the second half. The home team was never in trouble from that point in a 68-30 triumph. Fitch exited the tournament earlier than it wanted, but its coach was still pleased with the overall performance this season.

"Anytime you win 15 games in a season I would definitely consider it a success," said Fitch head coach Dan Schnurrenberger who concluded his second season with the loss in Canton. "I am proud of the way the entire team has represented themselves throughout the season. When you win games and you're around great young student athletes there isn't much negative to say."

There wasn't anything negative to say about the job junior Sabria Hunter did all year. She once again paced the Falcons in scoring for the season and, as she continued to pile up points, she also piled up more Division I scholarship offers. Hunter had 16 points to lead Fitch against GlenOak. At least the Falcons will have this scoring champ back in 2018/2019. The same cannot be said about a quartet of seniors that left an enormous impression on their coach.

"I told Erica, Rachael and Gina DiFrancesco along with Camryn Constance how much they have meant to Fitch basketball," Schnurrenberger said. "They were our role models in the Austintown community. Those four will be missed for not only what they achieved on the court, but off the court as well."

Schnurrenberger's squad achieved one win in this year's tournament when it put down Perry at home 58-49 on Feb. 17. Despite falling behind after the first quarter, the Falcons laced the Lady Panthers 16-7 in the second quarter to take a five-point halftime lead. Fitch outscored Perry 29-15 in the second half to advance to the finals. Hunter was the hero at home for Fitch with 27 points. She also scored 20 of her team's 29 first half points despite being doubled and tripled team at times.

"Sabria earns every bucket she makes," said Schnurrenberger. "She works hard every time she gets the ball."

Constance had a strong third period and ended the night with 17 points. The win marked just the second time over the past ten seasons that the Falcons won a tournament tilt. Fitch also ended the home portion of its season with nine wins.



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