2000-01-08 / Sports

St. Francis Girls Take Championship

St. Francis de Sales Sixth Grade Girls Basketball: (top to bottom) Trish Killian, Katie Pastina, Alyson Lee, Erin Casey, Corinne Howley, Alex Biddescomb, Mary Grace Brady, MaryAnn Diehm, Kristi Moore, Martina Featherston, Jill Brady, and Kristi Horgan.

St. Francis de Sales sixth grade girls basketball won the St. Mary Winfeild Christmas Tournament. The girls entered the 12 team tournament with a first round bye, as Diocesan champions.

The team played St. Maragrets in their first game and with a very strong performance won. Katie Pastina scored a personal high game of 16 points. Martina Featherson had an outstanding defensive game. The second game was against St. Mary Winfield, who is a powerhouse in north Queens. St. Francis had played this team twice before in the Peggy Boyle Tournaments. They now had to play them on their home court. St. Mary's is a very strong, well-balanced team, with great height and well coached. The game was a back and forth war--probably one of the most physical game St. Francis has played. The St. Francis "Little Tigers" rose to the occasion to pull out the win in a heroic forth quarter win. Jill Brady hit a big basket to keep SFDS in the game. Corinne Howley scored seven points in the fourth to seal the victory. Alyson Lee did a great job under the boards all tournament, but in this game in particular.

In the championship game, the girls did not a breather. They had to play St. Columba, Brooklyn's BCBA champion. St Columba has been undefeated in their division for two years. The team is packed with extremely talented players. The stage was set--the best team in Queens versus the best team in Brooklyn--and what a game it was!

St. Francis carried a slim lead of two or four points most of the game. St. Columba tied the game with a minute and a half to play. The intensity of the game was fierce, but now it went up several notches. With just under a minute to go, Jill Brady hit and Corinne Howley hit the game winner from about 15 feet. Corinne had an outstanding tournament and was awarded the MVP of the tourney. She scored a team high of 26 points for the tournament.

The team proved themselves defensively, only having given up an average of 15 points a game in this tournament. This is largely due to the kind of pressure that Kristi Moore and Alex Biddescombe create. Erine Casey was super against Winfield and Columba. Mary Grace Brady was strong under the boards also. Trish Killian and Mary Ann Diehm showed much improvement in their play as well.

The SFDS girls next play St. Camillus on Saturday, January 8, 12 noon, at St. Francis.

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