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Benedetti is fourth Canton girl to score 1,000 points

CANTON, Feb. 8 — Sarah Benedetti has become the fourth Canton girls basketball player to score over 1,000 career points. Benedetti, a junior forward, broke the 1,000 point barrier last Thursday in a low-scoring 34-28 victory over Coventry.

The last Canton girl to score over 1,000 points was Laura Mack in 2000. Patty Sarmuk Canny and Natasha Progna are the other CHS girls to achieve this milestone.

It was a tie ballgame at halftime but the Warriors outscored Coventry by a 13-7 margin in the third quarter to take control. Benedetti finished with 12 on the evening while Megan Roux added 11. Sarah Getz scored eight points – all from the foul line. It gave Canton its fifth straight win.

Bolton, which lost its first game of the season last week, got back on the winning track against Canton last Saturday night with a 46-44 victory when Ali Caless scored the game-winning layup with 4.7 seconds left in regulation.

Benedetti had 20 points while Roux added 10 in the losing effort. Canton slipped to 11-6 and 9-4 in the NCCC.

Canton began last week with an easy 58-30 win over East Granby behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Benedetti along with 10 points and nine rebounds from Getz. Roux chipped with 17 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: It was a perfect week for the Warriors, who won three straight games to improve to 10-5 overall and 8-3 in the league. Coming off three losses in their four previous games, Canton began the week with a 72-39 rout of East Granby led by Andrew Crowley with 27 points and Nick Quattro with 12.

The Warriors scored 28 points in the first quarter of a 69-52 rout of Coventry, outscoring the Patriots by 17 in the first eight minutes. Crowley had 24 points while James Rosshirt added 16 points. Connor Smyth chipped in with 15 points.

Canton closed out the week with a 67-47 win over Bolton with another explosive first quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs by a 24-11 margin. Crowley had 25 points while Rosshirt had 14 rebounds, eight points and seven assists. Quattro scored 13 for the Warriors.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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