Dan Schnurrenberger described to the Austintown Fitch girls basketball team what he calls winning plays. Faced with Canfield charging hard on the comeback trail, the Falcons learned what the definition of that term is for themselves as they held on for a 65-64 victory Saturday night.
“I told the girls in the locker room after the game they made winning plays,” Schnurrenberger said. “Sometimes, that’s not just putting the ball in the hoop. It’s rebounding, tipping the ball to a teammate or getting an offensive rebound. The girls made enough winning plays to win that game.”
Sabria Hunter provided the final points with a put-back while being fouled with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons (8-3, 2-0 All-American Red Tier) a 65-60 edge.
“I had the mentality that I wanted to win the game,” Hunter said. “The team had fought so hard, I was trying to do my best for them because they deserve the best from me.”
That’s the default setting for Hunter, who led all scorers with 27 points.
“She never stops fighting for the ball,” Schnurrenberger said. “Every ball that bounces on the rim she believes is her basketball, whether it’s on offense or defense. That’s hard to teach. She has a motor and, obviously, that motor paid off tonight.”
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.