But it was in the sport of basketball where Burnett really stood out. She was a four-year starter and led the team in scoring each year. She graduated as Fredonia’s all-time leader in career points, 1,612, and career rebounds, 853. She was a First Team CCIAC selection in 2003 and 2005 and CCIAC’s Player of the Year in 2003. She was the Jamestown Post-Journal Player of the Year in 2003 and the Dunkirk Observer Player of the Year in 2005.
Sarah was an All-Western New York selection in 2003 (3rd team), 2004 (2nd team), and 2005 (4th team). Burnett also was recognized as an All-New York State 5th team selection the same three years.
As good as she was at Fredonia High, her basketball career exploded at Daemen College, 2005-2009, where she was a four-year starter. She graduated as Daemen’s all-time career scorer with 2,206 points and 9th in all-time rebounds with 760. She set single season marks with 702 points and 23.4 points per game average in 2008-2009. In total, she ranks in the top ten in 13 statistical categories at the suburban Buffalo institution.
Burnett was Daemen’s team captain and Most Valuable Player in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.
She was a two-time NAIA 2nd Team All-American and twice a 1st Team American Mideast Conference All-Star. She was the AMC Player of the Year in 2007-2008 and a three-time AMC Player of the Week.
Sarah led her team to the American Mideast Conference North Division Championships in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Her team made three National Tournament appearances during her career. Daemen’s record was 91-35 during Burnett’s tenure.
Other accolades she received while playing hoops at the Amherst, NY college, were selection to the AMC All-Freshman all-star team 2005-2006 and AMC Player of the Year runner-up 2008-2009.
She was inducted into the Daemen College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Burnett currently is an English teacher at Dunkirk High and resides in Mayville, NY.