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Falcons go 5-0 after 53-49 win over Mooney

December 19, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

A strange scheduling quirk for the early season gave the Fitch girls basketball team 10 consecutive days off in December.

The Fitch ladies used that time to hone their craft. It's that relentless effort that has the Falcons sitting pretty with a 5-0 start to the season.

"We've worked hard to prepare," said Fitch head coach Dan Schnurrenberger. "These girls work extremely hard in practice. We practiced eight of our 10 days off and they brought it each practice."

Schnurrenberger's girls also brought it to Cardinal Mooney once they finally got back into regular season game action at home on Dec. 15. Perhaps the layoff had the Falcons sluggish to start as the Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 16-7 lead. A 19-7 run by the home team gave Fitch the lead at halftime. Another strong quarter after intermission enabled the Falcons to come away with a well-deserved 53-49 triumph.

Sabria Hunter hunted down the Cardinals with a game-high 29 points. She accounted for nearly 55 percent of Fitch's offense. The Falcons nailed six 3-pointers on the night. Senior shooting guard Taylor Frank hit a third of those triples and finished the game with 10 points.

Austintown's ladies had a much easier time against Mooney's parochial sisters Ursuline 10 nights earlier. Once again the Falcons leaned on their West Point recruit to ruin any ideas the Lady Irish had of coming into Austintown and upsetting Fitch's unbeaten streak. Hunter hammered the Irish for 33 points and 21 rebounds in Fitch's comfortable 62-52 victory. Junior shooting guard Daria Williams started an 11-2 run by the hosts midway through the fourth quarter with a huge triple. That dagger did in the pesky Ursuline outfit. Williams would score seven of Fitch's 11 points over that charge and end the game with 10 points.

"That (three by Williams) was a big shot," said Schnurrenberger. "Williams played with some serious confidence in the second half. When you do that and stay focused, good things will happen for you."

All of the good things that have happened to Fitch so far this year are the result of these young ladies' neverending quest to become better. It has made the early portion of the slate very pleasing.

"The girls enjoy and embrace working hard each day," Schnurrenberger said. "That makes this team a fun one to coach."

Fitch's coach hoped the fun continued when his group played upstart Chaney this past Wednesday. This Saturday afternoon the Falcons will meet 5-1 West Branch at home. Games against the Lady Warriors are always used as measuring sticks by opposing coaches.

"(West Branch) has a great tradition of successful teams," said Schnurrenberger. "Last year they beat us pretty good so we are excited for the opportunity to play them."

Fitch will also have the opportunity to travel to Columbus next week to play in a holiday tournament. Two games will be played against Hamilton Baden of Cincinnati and Lincoln Prep from Canada. This trip not only will go a long way in preparing the Falcons for the start of the new calendar year, but it will also a be a reward for all of the tireless work these Lady Falcons have put in since the season started.

"Our team earned this opportunity by being committed to the game, understanding the process and holding themselves accountable to get better each day," Schnurrenberger said.

 
 

 

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