St. Francis Summer Classic
Week 2 of the Girls High School division confirmed both the wisdom of the change to an August schedule and the strength and balance of the teams. At week’s end, each team held identical 2-2 records.
On Monday, Diane Buono keyed a fourth quarter surge that lifted Goony’s Gunners over Marsh & McClennan 44-33. Buono netted six in the period. Erin Dollard led Goony’s with 11. Tricia Tubridy scored a game high 19 for Marsh. In the second game, Clare Droesch made her debut for M.A.R. Mechanical. Droesch scored 23 but it was not enough as Noonan’s Express rallied for a 47-37 win. Lauren Kilduff tossed in 22 in her first appearance, and Kerry Feeney added 10 despite her Dudleyesque free throw performance. On Wednesday, M.A.R. outlasted Marsh & McClennan 47-40. Katie Raphael scored 15 on a variety of daring sorties to the basket. Clare Droesch added 14 and Caitlin O’Callaghan 10. Tricia Tubridy was outstanding again with 22. Justine Paxhia added 10. Noonan’s Express then rolled over Goony’s Gunners 44-36 behind Lauren Kilduff’s 21. Annie Egan paced the Gunners with 10 and once again pulled off her famous out of bounds play.
Thursday proved to be a truly memorable night. There was much anticipation for the first head to head matchup between Janelle McManus and Clare Droesch. McManus scored 16 for Goony’s Gunners while Droesch knocked down four 3’s en route to a league single game high of 29. While neither disappointed, the standout performance was turned in by Erin Dollard who matched Droesch from downtown, and played to the potential she shows in spurts. Dollard totalled 25, and was a force defensively and on the boards, as Goony’s took the W 55-44. Katie Raphael added 10 for M.A.R. Mechanical. In the final game of the night, Tricia Tubridy’s excellent play was finally rewarded as Marsh & McClennan edged Noonan’s Express 47-45. Tubridy scored 20 and Justine Paxhia 13. Lauren Kilduff continued her fine play with 22 for Noonan’s while Liz Fryer added 10.
In between, a packed house was treated to one of the finest games played in the St. Francis Summer Classic. Jameson’s had beaten Healy’s 64-49 and Noonan’s Express vanquished No Doubt 74-56 to advance to the finals of the Women’s Open league. Christine Fryer Paprocky scored 10 in the first half as Noonan’s came out of the gate strong. Jameson’s made up for the absence of Sue Bird by spreading the wealth with everyone scoring in the half. Kristin Fraser hit two key 3’s and, combined with 10 tough points from Jamie Buttner, Jameson’s took a 35-31 lead at the half. Jameson’s began the second half strong and appeared to have control when the game quickly changed. Denise Hammersley tossed in three straight treys and as suddenly as a thunderstorm empties the beach, Noonan’s regained the lead. The rest of the game was trench warfare as each team countered any advance by the other. Defense was the name of the game. Grace Kelly hit a few big baskets as Noonan’s remained in the lead. Catherine Tubridy, Chelsea Hathaway and Jamie Buttner brought Jameson’s back when they looked to be slipping away. Down the stretch, free throw shooting was key and Tammy McGlynn hit two as Noonan’s finally put away Jameson’s 63-60 to a rousing ovation, applauding the efforts of both teams. Christine Fryer Paprocky led Noonan’s with 13. Denise Hammersley added 12, Tammy McGlynn 11, Grace Kelly 9 and Marybeth Collins 9. Jamie Buttner scored15 for Jameson’s, Chelsea Hathaway 11, Catherine Tubridy 10 and Kristin Fraser 9.
With regular season play concluding this past week, anticipation is high that the Girls High School playoffs will match the drama of the Women’s final. Semi-finals are Monday at 7:00 and 8:15 with the championship Wednesday August 23 at 7:15 p.m.
Girls High School
Noonan’s Express 2-2
M.A.R. Mechanical 2-2
Goony’s Gunners 2-2
Marsh & McClennan 2-2