2000-02-12 / Sports

St. Camillus Reaches Playoffs

The St. Camillus sixth grade girls CYO team has climbed further up the ladder of success than ever before. They’ve made it to the Diocesan championship playoff round. In order to qualify for this level of the playoffs the team had to first win their division playoffs. The team accomplished this by defeating Nativity 32 to 19. Nativity is a scrappy team that always plays hard. They gave St. Camillus a pretty good run early on, but once the team settled down they were able to blow the game open.

When the game began Morgan Shannon and Katie Scherpf had the hot hands, swishing some good looking shots from the outside. Their hot shooting gave Camillus the early lead. As the game wore on it was the defense that enabled the team to finally pull away. Hope Johnson and Kristina Smith showed tremendous hustle on the press causing one turnover after another. Nativity’s strength is their size, with several big players on their squad. These players, however, were held in check by the tough defensive play of Kathleen Firtle and Danielle Donlon. They did not give these players an inch. Mary Carson defended her position beautifully, and didn’t allow an easy basket underneath. Samantha Swensen provided the consistent scoring that the team always counts on. Most importantly, as the game drew to the end, whenever Nativity would start to make a comeback, Samantha would drill another big shot and take the air out of their balloon. The final blow was delivered by Kara Bobby with her patented turn around, no look, in your face, jump shot from the corner. This shot has become more and more deadly as the season has progressed.

This brought St. Camillus to the Diocesan playoffs. There are seven divisions represented in the Diocesan playoffs, each providing two teams. St. Camillus is in the South Queens region, and now for the first time they would be playing teams from the North Queens region.

The initial game was against Our Lady of Snows, and St. Camillus secured a rather easy victory. Highlights of the game included some beautiful outside shooting by Allana Quinn and Tara Mink. The team as a whole also demonstrated some good crisp ball movement, with several assists delivered by Danielle Donlon that were true gems.

So, St. Camillus we are now among the "Elite Eight" remaining in the Diocesan playoffs. The next game is against St. Adalberts, to try and qualify for the Final Four.

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