Serena Sammarone has an instinct that kicks in when a game is hanging in the balance. When that happens, she wants the ball in her hands.
Sammarone took complete control for less than a minute, but it was all she needed in leading the Cardinals to a 47-43 come-from-behind victory at Warren Harding on Wednesday night.
“The whole game, we were struggling,” Sammarone said. “All of us try and step up and contribute when that’s happening. That moment was mine, but we all found a way to contribute to put us ahead.”
With 2:52 to play in the third quarter, Sammarone knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to get the Cardinals (9-2, 1-0 All-American conference Red Tier) within two, 30-28. Following Diamond Phillips’ triple for the Raiders (8-3, 0-1) to push the Harding lead back to five, Sammarone made a pair of steals and cruised in for two layups. That flurry closed the Cardinals’ gap to just one, 33-32, with 2:02 left in the period.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.