St. Camillus Girls Basketball Is Back
By Bill Swensen
Well, another season is under way for the St. Camillus 8th grade girls CYO basketball team, so let’s get caught up on what’s been happening. Our first game was against the toughest team in our league, St. Francis DeSales. The rivalry is usually pretty intense between these two teams. However, it seemed that with all the terrible events currently taking place, and the fact that the two parishes have shared so much sorrow together lately, that this game didn’t seem to have the same feeling it usually does. But it still was interesting, at least for a while.
It started with intense defense on both sides of the court. St. Francis used their man-to-man defense, which highlights the quickness of their players. Their strong defensive play held our team to only seven points in the first half.
But our kids did an unbelievable job also. Our guards Morgan Shannon and Katie Scherpf were relentless, and very successful in shutting down the perimeter scoring. They also did a great job getting the ball up court against the continuous St. Francis press. The internal defense of Kara Bobby, Mary Carson, Hope Johnson, and Tara Mink was also key in stopping the inside game of the opponent for a good part of the contest. Kathleen Firtle showed her usual toughness under the boards, constantly fighting for position, and trying to overcome the speed of the opposing players. Our defensive hustle resulted in holding the opponent to only 15 points in the first half.
Allana Quinn and Kristina Smith showed a lot of heart throughout the game and were all over the floor fighting for those loose balls causing turnovers every chance they got. The kind of effort these two players showed is a great example for all the players. Samantha Swensen showed her determination by chasing down players on the fast break, continuously batting away shots on the interior, and by managing to score eight big points even in this low scoring affair.
However, despite all our efforts, St. Francis held the lead. We were able to cut that lead down to seven points in the third quarter and we thought we still had a chance, but it was not to be. They have a multitude of talent on their team and it seems as though somebody always steps up when they need it. The player who always seems to step up against us is Alex Biddescome, and this game was no different. She knocked down shot after shot from the outside. Her big effort, and the balanced contributions of the rest of the team, allowed them to eventually take control of the game, and come away with the win.
Normally our team is not one to brag, but the next game we played was absolutely flawless. It may be hard to believe, but it can honestly be said that we did not make one mistake during this winning effort…we won by forfeit. Hey, a win is a win. We’ll get you caught up on the rest of the St. Camillus basketball news next time
One final point, there are still a few of openings in the following St. Camillus intramural basketball programs: Mini’s (Kindergarten – 2nd grade), Junior Boys (3rd – 5th grade), and Junior Girls (3rd – 5th grade). The fees are $75 for the first child and $10 for each additional child, and the games begin on November 8. If you would like to sign up please visit the St. Camillus rectory and fill out an application.