1999-08-28 / Sports

Summer Classic

Parity Rules As Playoffs Near

The regular season of the Girls High School division concluded with the closest finish in the history of the St. Francis Summer Classic. When all was said and done, Noonan’s Express emerged in first with a 4-3 record. Marsh & McClennan finished last at 3-4, yet all three wins were at the expense of Noonan’s.

Noonan’s began the week with a 49-43 win over M.A.R. Mechanical as Lauren Kilduff scored 18 and Meghan Collins 15. Clare Droesch dropped in 19 for M.A.R. Goony's Gunners then took the floor against Marsh & McClennan, and despite the presence of only five players, they lived up to their name, running and gunning to a 70-65 decision. Annie Egan poured in 19, Janelle McManus 18, and Annie Leary 14. Jen Geosits led Marsh with 21. Tricia Tubridy added 19 and Vicki Wancel 16. McManus suffered a wrist injury and was unavailable for Tuesday’s showdown with Noonan’s. In contrast to the previous night, the Gunners slowed it down and concentrated on defense. Noonan’s complied with poor shooting, but in the end managed a hard fought victory, 36-34 to clinch first place. Lauren Kilduff paced Noonan’s with 13 and Kerry Feeney added eight, all in the second half. Nicole Nies led Goony’s with 11. In the second game, Clare Droesch scored 20 of her 21 in the first three quarters, and then M.A.R. Mechanical held on at the foul line for a 47-43 win over Marsh & McClennan. The game turned on a tough play which could have gone either way, but resulted in a foul on Tricia Tubridy. Justine Paxhia led Marsh with 13 and Tubridy had 11 before fouling out.

Wednesday’s slate completed the schedule and provided a playoff preview as the evening’s opponents will be matched up again in the semi-finals. Noonan’s received a balanced effort with four players in double figures, but this game is about matchups, and once again they had no answer for Tricia Tubridy. Tubridy scored 18 as Marsh swept the season series with a 53-49 win. Meghan Collins scored 13, Lauren Kilduff 12, Liz Fryer 11, and Kate Lawler 11 for Noonan’s which was rewarded for its first place finish with another matchup with Marsh & McClennan. In the finale, M.A.R. faced Goony’s Gunners to determine second place, though they would face each other in the playoffs regardless. Once more without McManus, Goony’s was overmatched for much of the game. With M.A.R. sitting on a comfortable lead early in the fourth quarter, Goony’s undertook a spectacular comeback. Erin Dollard led the charge with 11 points in the period, her total for the game, and Nicole Nies scored six of her nine. Goony’s exceeded their output of the previous three quarters, outscoring M.A.R. 23-9, but the hole was too deep as M.A.R. Mechanical held on 39-37. Clare Droesch led with 19 and Katie Raphael added seven. Diane Buono added nine for Goony’s Gunners. Playoff recap next week.

Final Standings

Noonan’s Express 4-3

M.A.R. Mechanical 4-3

Goony’s Gunners 3-4

Marsh&McClennan 3-4

Scoring Leaders

Clare Droesch 20.8

Tricia Tubridy 18.4

Lauren Kilduff 18.0

Janelle McManus 12.8

Erin Dollard 11.8

Justine Paxhia 10.3

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