Sandy Serra’s earliest memories of basketball include tagging along with her father, who coached and officiated boys’ basketball in the town recreational leagues. He taught her self-discipline and how to focus on the fundamentals. At an early age, she learned to enjoy the challenge of improving her skills as well as the competition.
Sandy attended three different high schools. She was a freshman starter on the varsity team at East Longmeadow [MA] High. Her next two seasons were spent at Somers [CT] High School. She played for Suffield High School as a senior.
At Somers, Sandy was named to the All-North Central CT Conference First Team as a sophomore. During her junior year, she captained the Somers team that won the class S Championship after capturing the NCCC League and Playoff titles. She was named to the Class S All-State First Team, All NCCC First Team and selected as the 1977 Somers High School Basketball MVP.
Sandy’s senior year was spent at Suffield [CT] High School. She completed her interscholastic career with 1103 points, averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. She captained the team that captured the League and Playoff titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class M State championship. Sandy earned Class M First Team All- State honors, was named to the All-North NCCC First Team, and was the Suffield Basketball MVP. She was selected to receive the 1978 Ganley Award as the Outstanding Suffield Athlete.
Sandy played her college basketball at UConn and Southern CT State College. She coached the junior varsity teams at Minnechaug Regional High School [MA] and at Suffield High School. She also officiated high school basketball games for two years.