It is anticipated that the Canfield girls basketball team is primed for an exceptional season in 2012-2013.
Nothing the Lady Cardinals did in their season opener at home last weekend caused any concern that that bold statement will be untrue. Canfield methodically put away a solid Marlington squad 65-40 to start the season 1-0. In the process, one of Canfield's stars eclipsed a milestone.
Six-foot-one senior Sabrina Mangapora poured in 25 points against Marlington to top 1,000 points for her career. Sabrina joins a short list of Canfield lady athletes who accomplished that same feat and was lauded for her efforts.
Canfield High School senior Sabrina Mangapora hit 1,000 career points in the Cards' season opener against Marlington, Nov. 24. Last week, she accepted a full scholarship to play volleyball at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
"Sabrina scoring her 1000th point in her career was great," said Canfield head coach Pat Pavlansky.
Not only was Pavlansky impressed by Mangapora's magnificent stat line, but he was also enthusiastic about the play of nearly the entire roster.
"We were able to play lots of people," Pavlansky exclaimed. "The girls played with great effort and energy. It was such a good win."
Adding to that aforementioned effort was senior Abby Baker who banged out 12 points. Senior Kayla Barko joined Mangapora and Baker in double-digits with 10 points and she had five rebounds. Senior Rachel Tinkey had eight points and the same amount of boards. Fellow senior Allison Pavlansky put in four points with four rebounds and three assists. Erin Risner, Savannah Barko, Lynnae Whitehead and Jamie Giambattista were also all able to dent the scoring column. Paige Baker had three assists while Emily Ellis yanked down three rebounds.
That same type of team effort was again evident a few nights later when Canfield traveled to Lakeview and this time it was more due to need than choice. Many of the Canfield girls were battling illness, but instead of letting it slow them down, they made the Lady Bulldogs feel sick. Canfield left Lakeview with a 53-35 victory to improve to 2-0.
"It was a good win on the road during a tough week," said Pavlansky. "It was tough to focus with all of the sickness going around, but we still found a way to win by 18."
No matter the circumstance it always seems as if Mangapora manages to find ways to destroy her adversary. Fresh off her record-setting performance in the opener, Sabrina stuffed Lakeview with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Abby Baker was next up with 13 points and four steals. Pavlansky put in 10 points and dished out six dimes. Besides those excellent efforts by the usual suspects, the Cards' win was also aided by some of the kids who don't get to showcase their talents as often.
"Lots of young players did well in significant varsity action," said Pavlansky.
The youngsters coach Pav noted were Whitehead who had two points and three assists, Giambattista who had four points, Risner who went for three rebounds and Crissy Gelonese who had a pair of assists.
Hopefully the ailments that have attacked the girls had subsided before they took the court again against West Branch on Wednesday, Dec. 5. A visit to Cardinal Mooney follows three days later. One can be sure, however, that if any of the Lady Cards are still under the weather there will be a whole flock of capable cagers waiting in reserve.