2000-03-04 / Sports

SFDS Girls Diocesan Champs

Coach Charlie Brady (far left) and his players take a moment from celebrating their victory to smile for the camera. Members of St. Francis’ championship team are (standing, from left to right) Trish Killian, Alyson Lee, Mary Grace Brady, Corinne Howley, Kristi Hogan, Erin Casey, Maryann Diehm and Katie Pastina. Kneeling (from left to right) are Alex Biddes Combe, Jillian Brady, Kristi Moore and Martina Featherston.

Even though St. Francis de Sales sixth grade girl’s team had an undefeated season, their road to the championship was not an easy one. They faced a very good team in the first round of the playoffs. St. Margaret’s was a well-rounded team, tough under the boards with good size. They also had a couple of good ball handlers. Yet St. Francis was able to prevail with their usual strong defense and determination. Martina Featherston had her best game of the year, scoring thirteen points. Jillian Brady had an outstanding game also.

St. Francis then went on to face St. Mary Winfield in the semi-finals; probably the strongest team from the northeast section of Queens. St. Mary’s had a tremendous size advantage and some outstanding players. St. Francis found itself in the unfamiliar place of being behind at the half and at the end of the third quarter. But the girls started putting it together at the end of the third and carried the momentum into the fourth quarter to pull out the come- from-behind win.

The victory was a total team effort. Corinne Howley had four, Kristi Lee Moore had five, Katie Pastina had seven, Jill Brady and Martina Featherston had eight each. Mary Grace Brady hit a foul shot in the fourth to finally put the team ahead, and the rest of the team took off from there.

In the championship game the team faced off against St. Adelberts, a team they hadn’t played since fourth grade when they were beaten by thirty points. That was two years ago, and the St. Francis girls have improved greatly.

The game was no disappointment for the fans. It was truly a championship quality game. Again St. Francis found itself behind at the half. Their talent and sheer desire to win helped them prevail in the latter part of the game.

Katie Pastina had a super game with seven rebounds and 14 points. She was everywhere. Corine Howley scored twelve points and was fierce on defense. Mary Grace Brady had a great game. She worked hard under the boards with four rebounds and four forced jump balls. She also scored six points, with two big free throws in the second quarter to help narrow the gap with St. Adelberts before the half. Alyson Lee enabled St. Francis to dominate under the boards. Kristi Lee Moore was a spitfire. She epitomizes the spirit of the team. Kristi played with such determination and energy it was great to watch. Alex Biddes Combe and Erin Casey pushed Adelberts to their limits. Maryann Diehm and Trish Killian both just missed their first diocesan championship baskets. Kristi Hogan was super on defense in the fourth quarter.

Congratulations to a team that has worked very hard to achieve their goals. The team has won six consecutive tournaments including back to back diocesan championships.

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