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Another fine season for Canton’s Benedetti at St. Francis

Junior Sarah Bendetti of Canton averaged 11.7 points for the St. Francis (N.Y.) women's basketball team this winter. (Photo by Blue Vision Photography, courtesy of St. Francis, NY)

Junior Sarah Bendetti of Canton averaged 11.7 points for the St. Francis (N.Y.) women’s basketball team this winter. (Photo by Blue Vision Photography, courtesy of St. Francis, NY)

BROOKLYN – St. Francis (N.Y.) junior forward Sarah Benedetti of Canton helped the St. Francis women’s basketball team finish with a record of 19-11 this past winter. Nineteen wins in a single season is a program record for the Terriers. 

Benedetti averaged 11.4 points and nailed 71 three-point shots for St. Francis, which qualified for the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament. Bryant eliminated St. Francis with a 58-53 victory in the tournament quarterfinals. Benedetti had 12 points in the loss. 

St. Francis finished with a record of 10-8 in the NEC, also a school record for most conference victories in a single season. 

St. Francis won its second straight Battle of Brooklyn trophy beating local rival Long Island University-Brooklyn, 66-50 to close out the regular season. Benedetti finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting, which included a school-record tying seven three-point shots in a single game. 

Benedetti, a 5-foot-10 forward, was named the game’s most valuable player. 

Long Island had a four-point lead early in the game when Benedetti drained her first three-point shot to cut the lead to 12-11 with 11:47 remaining in the first half. It ignited a 25-8 surge by St. Francis that put the Terriers in control. In the big run, St. Francis hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from three-point range. 

Benedetti had 11 points in the 25-8 run. Her seven three-point shots moved Bendetti into the No. 2 spot for career three-point shots in St. Francis history, surpassing Christine Cunningham with 191. 

Benedetti had a season-high 28 points in a win over Robert Morris on February 24 with six three-point goals.

Bendetti graduated from Canton High in 2011. She was a four-time All-NCCC and a three-time All-State selection at Canton, where she set the school’s single season scoring record with 44 points in a 2010 Class S tournament win over Platt Tech of Milford. She graduated as the No. 2 leading scorer in school history with 1,653 points.

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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