Fitch pulls past Lakeview
AUSTINTOWN — Austintown Fitch came up with a big, 61-47, All-American Conference, Red Tier victory over Lakeview on senior night.
“The four seniors, the DiFrancescos, Gina, Erica, and Rachael, and Cam (Constance) are everything to the program as far as where their hearts are,” Fitch coach Dan Schnurrenberger said. “They’re great role models and great students that set an example for everybody. We saw a nice crowd here from fifth, sixth grade and up. Those four are role models for all those girls and the entire student body here at Fitch. I can’t say enough about how much I love those girls, their dedication, and what it has meant to me to coach them.”
Lakeview got off to a slow start. The Falcons led 8-0 after the first four minutes.
The Bulldogs scored the next six points, while Fitch went on a five-point run.
Lakeview freshman Melanie Wolf hit a 3 at the buzzer as the Bulldogs trailed 13-9 after one quarter.
The Bulldogs struggled in the second quarter after going scoreless in the first 4 minutes, trailing by six.
They again battled back as Lakeview sophomore Tiffany Bartholomew made a strong move to the hoop, closing the Fitch lead to 19-16.
Austintown Fitch star junior Sabria Hunter began to take over as she turned away many Lakeview attempts with vicious blocks. She had a team-high 20 points. After reasserting control, the Falcons went on an 8-0 run and pushed the halftime lead to 27-16.
Fitch started slow in the third quarter as the Falcons failed to score in the first 5 minutes as Lakeview closed the gap to 27-23. Falcons junior Jada Lazaro had a jumper for the first of eight straight points as Fitch led 35-23 after three. Lazaro finished with 15 points.
“The game was great,” Lazaro said. “We played good defense. It was a great team win. I had anger because of the foul trouble I got in. I made a couple shots and gained confidence. After that, I felt really confident in my shot.”
The game then turned into a 3-point contest in the fourth quarter. Lazaro and Lakeview senior captain Annie Pavlansky seemingly couldn’t miss. Pavlansky, who finished with a game-high 27 points, got the Bulldogs within five at, 40-35, when she drilled a 3. Lakeview’s other captain, senior Lindsay Carnahan, along with Austintown’s Taylor Fronk, started hitting 3s.
Lakeview couldn’t cut any further into the lead, and Fitch pulled away for the win.
“It was a competitive game,” Lakeview coach Jason Senedak said. “Toward the end, they were making everything. They’re a well coached team that was prepared obviously. It was an enjoyable game to coach because we had kids on both sides just looking to compete.”
“Senior night is always emotional with parents and families here,” Schnurrenberger said. “Girls stepped up tonight and made plays. Coach Senedak is a good friend of mine and he does a great job over there. Annie Pavlansky is a great player. I’m glad the scoring picked up late for the fans.”