Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At 4-Foot-10, Sarah Fazio Has Made a Big Impression for Unbeaten Mustangs

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At 4-Foot-10, Sarah Fazio Has Made a Big Impression for Unbeaten Mustangs

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FEATURED SPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Similar to anyone short on height who chooses to play a game dominated by big and tall people, Sarah Fazio has heard her share of doubters.

Play basketball? Nah, you're too short. Try something else.

"I just ignored them," Fazio said. "They always overlook me."

Despite standing at 4 feet, 10 inches, Fazio is hard to ignore whenever she steps onto the court. A sophomore guard for Lakewood Ranch High, Fazio is a tireless spitfire, unafraid to mix it up with taller opponents or dive for balls against stronger ones.

"Isn't she remarkable?" said Lakewood Ranch girls coach Tina Hadley.

Fazio sure was Wednesday, when the Mustangs took down Southeast to run their record to 3-0. Pressed into duty because Hadley was down two starters, Fazio started at point guard and never came out, playing all 32 minutes.

She scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

"She came out of her shell over the summer. I made her play up with the big girls -- 11th grade travel ball," Hadley said. "I was like, 'Listen, your size is to your advantage.' All she has to do is attack the defender's hips all day long. …

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