2002-03-09 / Sports

Bishop Kearney Concludes Emotional and Winning Season

Bishop Kearney Concludes
Emotional and Winning Season

The Bishop Kearney varsity basketball team has dedicated their season in honor of Kathie and Chris Lawler. They are wearing black armbands with two hearts to remind them of this. The season started with three pre-season scrimmages against Midwood High School, St. Joseph by the Sea and Norwalk (CT) High School.

In January, the varsity took part on the 5th annual Msgr. King Tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall in Brooklyn. For the 5th consecutive year, the Tigers made it to the finals. BK opened the tournament playing the Varsity from Sheepshead Bay High School. At half time, BK was up 23-19. In the 3rd quarter, BK came out of the locker-room and broke open the game, outscoring Sheepshead 22-9 to take a 45-28 lead.

The entire second half belonged to BK, as they went on to victory over Sheepshead 58-35. Katelyn Lawler (Belle Harbor) led Kearney with 26 points and 7 steals, while Caitlin Boyle (Belle Harbor) had 10 points and 6 assists.

In the semi-final game, BK faced the varsity from Archbishop Molloy High School, with a young roster of players. Kearney took a 16-11 lead in the 1st quarter with Jen Lawler (Belle Harbor), scoring 9 of the team’s first 16 points. At the half, Kearney went into the locker room down 30-26, after Molloy made a surprising comeback.

The 3rd quarter went back and forth, with Kearney down 38-35. In the 4th quarter, BK outscored Molloy 22-8 to finish the game in the plus side. Katelyn Lawler led with 17 points for Kearney and Caitlin Boyle, Jen Lawler, and Caitlin O’Callaghan (Breezy Point) each had 12 points.

In the final encounter, BK played the varsity from the Mary Louis Academy of Jamaica Estates. The game was very close throughout, and in overtime, the Tigers fell to the Hilltoppers, 52-49. Caitlin Boyle led Kearney with 20 points, and Katelyn Lawler had 10. The latter was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Tigers improved their league record to 8-3 with two impressive wins. They beat Archbishop Molloy by the score of 71-46. Senior Katelyn Lawler led the Tigers with 17 points and 6 steals, Jen Lawler had 14 points, Caitlin Boyle had 10 points and 7 assists and Caitlin Morch had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Their second win was two days later against the St. Francis Prep Terriers. Kearney was behind 44-40 in the fourth quarter when BK went on an 18-6 run to close out the game. Junior Caitlin Boyle had 16 points, sophomore Maryann Welsh had 13 points, sophomore Jen Lawler had 10 points and junior Janine Jackson had 9 points and 10 rebounds.

At 14-8 overall, BK faced Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School on February 12. There was no doubt that BK was not up to this game perhaps because it was the Seniors’ last home game of the regular season. BK did not try to use that as a valid excuse. Ford overcame BK and won a well-played game.

This event caused consternation among the league officials with the defeat. This caused a "sudden-death" game between Kearney vs. Prep and Loughlin vs. Ford. BK went to Ford on Thursday, February 14 to play Prep and lost to Prep with two of BK’s players not able to play.

On Saturday, February 16, the varsity went to Egg Harbor High School in New Jersey to play their annual game. BK came up with the victory. The varsity’s overall record for the 2001-2002 regular season was 15 and 9.

At the end of the Kearney-Ford game at BK’s gym on Tuesday evening, February 12, the underclass women on the team gave a friendly "roast to their two departing seniors; Caitlin O’ Callaghan and Katelyn Lawler. Senior Crystal Savage (of Breezy Point), the varsity’s long-time manager, and Senior Leighann French (of Belle Harbor), the varsity’s assistant manager over the past two years, were also honored.

It was indeed an emotional event as Katelyn and Caitlin made their own comments about the evening after their teammates. The highlight of their presentation was Katelyn presenting a bouquet of flowers to her father, Tom. Caitlin presented a bouquet of flowers to her mom, Joanne, and dad, Mark. The wonderful event was rounded out with a pizza party to close out the evening.

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