Girls Play Tough At St. Camillus
By Bill Swensen
Down five, one minute to go. St. Camillus has the ball. Katie Scherpf breaks free and cuts to the three point line. She gets the ball, turns and throws up a three pointer. The ball rims around the basket, one entire revolution that seems to take forever, and then slowly falls through the hoop. Nativity takes it out. St. Camillus keeps up the pressure, and Danielle Donlon makes the steal. She turns immediately to shoot, the whistle blows, the ref calls a foul. You can probably figure out the rest. She swishes both foul shots, with all that pressure, and sends the game into overtime.
The overtime period was almost all defense. With the entire team hustling and stopping every single offensive attack. They only gave up one free throw the entire period. Unfortunately, that was enough to give Nativity the one point lead with only eight seconds left. St. Camillus has the ball again. They give it to Hope Johnson who had broken free deep in the corner. She quickly puts up a good 15 foot shot that hits nothing but net. The crowd goes crazy. We’re up one, but there’s still five seconds to play. Nativity brings the ball down court and as they pass half court the ref sees a foul (are you reading between the lines here?). Nativity goes to the line for two shots. Luckily for us both shots miss, St. Camillus secures the rebound, and the game ends. Camillus holds on for the victory. It should be mentioned that the team went into the game without one of the key players on the team, Samantha Swensen, and in addition to starting out shorthanded, Morgan Shannon, Kathleen Firtle, Hope Johnson, and Allana Quinn all ended up fouling out. The kids knew that they would really have to step up their game to achieve this win, and they certainly did.
Some specific recognition needs to go to Morgan Shannon who ran the offense beautifully. She used her quickness to penetrate the defense, and she distributed the ball intelligently all game long. Kathleen Firtle, as usual, dominated under the boards and kept giving the team the second chances they needed. Kara Bobby and Allana Quinn not only chipped in with terrific efforts on defense, but also provided some key points when the team really needed them. Tara Mink did an excellent job crashing the boards and helping out with the ball handling. Kristina Smith and Mary Carson also provided their usual spark every time they entered the game.
Let’s see now, just to get you quickly up to date, what can we remember from last week's contests. The first game we played last weekend was against St. Francis de Sales. Thinking, thinking, nope it’s almost a total blank. There’s only one recollection that remains clear, we lost and St. Francis played a terrific game. As has been stated before they’re a team that works hard and deserves all the success they achieve.
The second game we played last weekend is a little clearer. We played OLPH in a very close contest. The big highlight of the game came with about one minute to play and the team down three. Samantha Swensen throws up a bomb from behind the three point line and hits it to knot the game up at 33. However, despite all the teams efforts OLPH pulled away for the win (at least temporarily). Temporarily because after the game it was identified that one of the players on the OLPH team was once again, found to be ineligible (didn’t we just go through this last year). The league has since ruled that OLPH will forfeit all their games this season and will not be eligible for the playoffs. It’s sad that the kids on this team have to suffer for the action of the people who run this program.
Well, the team has finished another successful regular season with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. All the kids on the team should be proud of what they’ve accomplished so far. Hopefully there’s still a lot more to do before were finished. On a special note, in between practices and games two of our players, Kathleen Firtle and Samantha Swensen managed to pull off another win and went to the District 21 annual storytelling contest on Tuesday to represent their schools, Booty and Mark Twain. Out of 31 schools represented the girls finished second and third (2 points separated first and third). They both distinguished themselves with absolutely flawless presentations of stories that were approximately seven minutes in length. It was exciting to watch. Congratulations on a job well done girls!