Sandone living dream through basketball

By BreAnna Stanley
November 29, 2011

Brittany Sandone is a sophomore guard on the women's basketball team. -- Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

With her messy bun, fly-aways and high-waisted shorts, you can never miss Brittany Sandone, sophomore guard on the women’s basketball team, running down the court. Hailing from Soudertown, Pa., she came to Cabrini with a dream of playing college basketball.

Sandone started out as an exercise science major her freshman year but chose to switch to education because of her love for kids. Sandone hopes to teach second grade because she believes the children are at an age where they start to become more independent.

As a freshman, Sandone led the team in scoring and was a key player throughout the 2010-2011 season. Sandone first started playing basketball at the age of 5 and her love for the game has only continued to grow. She also juggled playing softball between the ages of 5 and 13 until basketball became more serious.

“If it was not for my family, both as an athlete and a student, I would not be where I am today,” Sandone said.

Aside from basketball, Sandone is your typical 19-year-old. Her favorite color is pink and she can never go a day without her toe nails painted. Sandone is very superstitious when its comes to the game of basketball and wears the same sports bra and spandex for every game.

“Everything she has in our room is pink, from her sheets, to her carpets, to her shoes,” Leithie Faison, sophomore guard, said. As Sandone’s roomate, Faison  is a first-hand witness when it comes to dealing with all of Sandone’s tendencies. Sandone obsesses over J. Cole, shoes and Wawa’s mac and cheese, in particular.

Michelle Petronaci, sophomore forward, has been playing with Sandone for two years now. Petronaci described Sandone as a great motivator. The whole team knows when something good is about to happen due to Sandone’s reactions, considering she does not show emotion frequently.

“When she drives the basket you know it’s going in. She’s a ball of energy and everyone gets hyped up,” Petronaci said.

Colleen Stewart, sophomore forward, says Sandone is a hard worker and very dedicated to the game. Stewart enjoys how open of a person Sandone is and agrees that she and the team feed off of how well she is playing.

“Everyday we drive to practice and Britt will wonder why people are walking to the gym when they have cars on campus,” Stewart said.

Do not let her fool you. The team agrees Sandone is a very dependable person.

Sandone will further her career this summer by traveling abroad to Italy  for 10 days to play for the USA National Team.  She will get the opportunity to play with fellow Division III athletes from all over the country.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” Sandone said. “It is something I always dreamed of doing, playing for my country as well as traveling to Italy.”

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