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Hunter breaks all record in 60-53 win over Perry

December 5, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

The Fitch girls basketball team's opening season game against Massillon Perry on Nov. 28 ended with their 60-53 victory. Fitch's triumph, however, wasn't the whole story.

Senior Sabria Hunter became Fitch's all-time leader in total rebounds against the Lady Panthers. That would be all-time leader for both men and women. It is a feat that has everyone in Austintown buzzing, including the Fitch head coach.

"Sabria having more rebounds than any male or female in school history is truly amazing," said Dan Schnurrenberger.

Also amazing was how Schnurrenberger's girls played steady basketball in such a hostile environment. Hunter completed her historical evening with a team-high 18 points. Senior point guard Jada Lazaro was next up in scoring with 16 points. Opening the year far away from home is never easy, but when that game is against a strong Division I foe, it makes winning much sweeter.

"To go on the road game one and win against a Federal League opponent is never easy," said Schnurrenberger. "I am proud of the way our girls played."

The Falcons made it two in a row on the road when they beat up Akron Kenmore-Garfield 71-42 on December 1. Hunter was up to her old tricks of topping twenty points when she scored 23 in the win. She is now creeping closer to becoming the Austintown school's all-time leading scorer regardless of gender. Lazaro had 11 points for the Falcons last Saturday. Sophomore shooting guard Emma Bartlett brought home five points for Fitch. Junior Darla Williams went for four points.

Although his team has scored 131 points so far this season, what his squad has done defensively has Coach Schnurrenberger really excited. Fitch has held its first two opponents to an average of 47.5 points per game. Schnurrenberger realizes his ladies will need to continue to play this kind of defense as the schedule tightens up later in the season.

"We will continue to stress defense and get better defensively," Schnurrenberger said.

Stingy defense will be needed immediately with games against parochial sisters Youngstown Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney on the horizon. The Lady Cardinals are coming off a scintillating 51-49 double overtime win over Southeast. They'll pose a tough test, but possibly not as tough as the one Fitch had with the Lady Irish on Dec. 5. Like Fitch, Ursuline has started the season with a pair of wins, but it did lose its latest match to mighty Canton McKinley. Ursuline has averaged 62 points per game over its first three contests mainly due to the play of one terrific athlete.

"Ursuline has multiple future college basketball players on their team, but their best is one of the best point guards in the state in Pitt commit Dayshanette Harris," Schnurrenberger said last weekend. "This game with Ursuline is a big one. We are excited for the challenge at home."



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