Kearney Tigers Dominates In Basketball Championships
By Cathy Crockett
The Bishop Kearney Tigers basketball team (19-11) saved their best basketball for when it counted. In Kearney’s final three games, they held their opponents to under 37 points. Those final three victories won them a Class "C" State and Federation Championship. It was only the second Federation title in the school’s history. Kearney has been Glen Falls for the state championship, 4 out of the last 6 seasons. Senior Captains Katelyn Lawler from Belle Harbor and Caitlin O’Callaghan got there as freshman.
This year, the two four-year varsity players would not be denied and both were determined to end their careers in Glen Falls with winning a championship. The opponent Vooresville started three players who scored in double figures, which included 6’3 center Andrea Burch, and sharp shooting guard Katie Inglise.
Kearney dominated Vooriesville from start to finish. From the opening tip, Kearney was loose. They overplayed the Vooresville’s passing lanes with their stifling defense and used their deep bench to ire the opposition. The Tigers caused 38 turnovers and recorded 2 steals. Senior Katelyn Lawler broke a school and federation record with 11 steals.
Sophomore Jen Lawler gave the Tigers with their first lead at 5-4 with a three pointer that ignited a 14-1 run and a 16-5 lead for the Tigers after the first quarter. The game spun out of control as CHSAA power Bishop Kearny took a 33-11 lead at halftime en route to a 67-31 victory over Vooresville.
Senior Katelyn Lawler had 13 points, 11 steals and 6 rebounds and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Senior Caitlin O’Callaghan, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had 8 points. Junior Caitlin Boyle was also named to the All-Tournament team, had 8 points and 6 assists. Caitlin Morch was named to the All-Tournament team and had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Sophomore Jen Lawler and Jean Clyde had 9 points each as ten of the Kearney players reached the scoring column. Congratulations to the Bishop Kearney Tigers on a terrific season.