The Canton Girls Basketball team at the the CIAC Press Conference Wednesday morning.
Photo by John Fitts
As Canton High School graduate Sarah Benedetti prepares for the game of her life, she won’t be able to catch the Lady Warriors as they take on Thomaston in the Class S Finals at Mohegan Sun Saturday morning. However, she’ll be there in spirit.
“It is an incredible opportunity for them, one that the Canton Girls’ Basketball program has not had in a very long time,” Benedetti said. “It is a very exciting time, and a memory that they will never forget. The girls are very deserving of the chance to play at Mohegan and regardless of the outcome, should be proud of everything they have accomplished.”
Of course, Benedetti, a 2011 CHS graduate and senior forward at St. Francis Brooklyn has just a bit of her own basketball excitement Saturday. Her team is set to take on the UConn lady huskies in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division 1 tournament.
In the span of less than 12 hours, many fans of Canton girls basketball will witness two of the biggest events to ever happen for the program.
Sarah Benedetti in the NEC Championship Game.
Courtesy of St. Francis Brooklyn Women’s Basketball
“I think Canton girls basketball at this point in time is really on the map,” said Canton Athletic Director Craig DeAngelis. He also praised the girls and the coaches for their hard work and perseverance this season.
The excitement is certainly building. On Wednesday, the current Canton Girls varsity team participated in a special Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference press conference and luncheon for the team participating in this weekend’s State Girls Basketball Tournament.
The girls traded their uniforms for heels and fine dresses, talked to the media, enjoyed lunch and expressed excitement both for their upcoming game. and the UConn- St. Francis Brooklyn matchup as well. Junior Emma Charron also represented her team during the program.
Several of the Canton players are also going to Storrs Saturday night.
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