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Canton’s Sarah Benedetti spent two seasons playing pro basketball in Ireland

Canton’s Sarah Benedetti played two years of pro basketball in Ireland.

CANTON — Canton High graduate Sarah Benedetti finished her second season of playing professional basketball in Ireland this spring and was one of five women to be named an All-Star in the women’s Division I league – second-tier professional league in the country.

This past winter, Benedetti played for the University of Limerick Huskies, who went 9-3 and finished second in the league. They advanced to the league semifinals before losing to eventual league champion Marble City Hawks, 60-57, despite a game-high 21 points from Benedetti.

Benedetti led Division I league in scoring, averaging 24.2 points per game. She pulled down 9.6 rebounds a game and averaged 37.7 minutes a game for the Huskies. One of her better games of the season was a 32-point effort against Oblate Dynamos, including sinking five of nine shots from three-point range.

In the Huskies’ win over ITC Basketball in March, she had a game-high 23 points, 16 rebounds and three steals.

“It was a good year,” Benedetti said recently. “It’s not (United States) Division I caliber. I would equate it to Division III basketball. It’s still competitive and all of the Americans are (NCAA) Division I players.”

She played for University of Limerick in 2016 as well, playing 12 games and averaging a team-leading 20.2 points a game, sinking a team-high 34 three-point shots. Her 5.4 rebounds were second on the team.

Sarah Benedetti on the move in her final collegiate game at Gampel Pavilion against Connecticut in March 2015.

Benedetti graduated from St. Francis in Brooklyn in June 2015, where she was a starter for three of her four years with the Terriers, coming off the bench in her junior season. Benedetti sank a school-record 280 three-point shots in her collegiate career.

In her senior year, she averaged a career-high 14.2 points a game for the Terriers, who won the Northeast Conference championship to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I tournament against eventual national champion Connecticut. Benedetti had a career-high 29 points in the NEC title game victory over Robert Morris. She was the MVP of the NEC Tournament.

She finished her career with 13 points at Gampel Pavilion against Connecticut.

Benedetti graduated with a 3.96 GPA and majored in political science. She was a Dean’s List student each semester at St. Francis and was inducted into the prestigious St. Francis’ Duns Scotus Honor Society in 2014. In May 2015, she was named the Northeast Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball.

Benedetti graduated from Canton High in 2011. She still holds the girls single game scoring record of 44 points in a win over Platt Tech of Milford in a 2010 Class S tournament game.

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.

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