Mobil Oil Finishes As
By Keith Goldberg
The 2002 St. Francis Summer Classic is now complete and the champion of the Girls High School division is Mobil Oil.
The playoffs began on Tuesday with two thrillers. Sony had handed the Beach Club its only loss of the season earlier in the month when Maureen Hartigan's last second shot broke a tie to give Sony a 2 point win. Lightning struck twice and struck harder on Tuesday as Hartigan went deep for a 3 pointer to erase a 2-point deficit and a 36-35 win over the first place Beach Club. Katie Pastina and Jean Clyde shared scoring honors with Hartigan with 9 apiece. Meghan Tubridy led the Beach Club wiht 12 in the absence of Caitlyn Boyle. Boyle injured her ankle in the season finale the previous night and was not sufficiently recovered to play, dealing a severe blow to the Beach Club's chances.
The second semi-final was even more exciting. Jaws dropped as the Honey B's ran out to a 13-0 start against Mobil. Allison Bergen and Kristina Triglia were on fire as the quarter ended with the Honey B's holding a 20-5 lead. Molly Tubridy scored 9 points in the second period as Mobil cut the deficit to 7 at the half. In the third period, Christy Morrone finally got untracked and nailed 4 consecutive 3 pointers for Mobil.
The Honey B's hung tough and still led 40-36 going into the final period. With under a minute remaining, the lead was still 4. With 30 seconds remaining, Kristi Moore scored her only points of the game. Moore subsequently came up with a big steal and fed Morrone for the go ahead baket at 0:06. The Honey B's called time out but could not score when they came back out. Mobil survived 51-50. Christy Morrone had 21 of her game high 23 in the second half and Molly Tubridy added 14. Jennifer Lawler led the Honey B's with 11 and Kristina Triglia totaled 10.
The championship began with guns blazing. Jean Clyde's hot shooting countered an early Mobil blitz as the first quarter ended tied at 15. The three-pronged attack of Christy Morrone, Molly Tubridy and Jeanine Jackson continued relentlessly, with Jackson and Tubridy using their size advantage against the smaller Sony squad. They surged to a nine-point lead at the half.
Sony fought gamely and matched Mobil most of the rest of the way but could never cut appreciably into their lead. Tubridy added 8 in the third quarter and then Morrone took over in the fourth scoring 14 and controlling the ball for Mobil. Jean Clyde continued her hot shooting to finish with 17 and received strong help from Maureen Hartigan, Katie Pastina, and Annamarie Ciorciari but Mobil prevailed 64-49. Morrone finished with 30, Tubridy 18 and Jackson 11 for Mobil. Coach John Raphael's team also included Mary Grace Brady, Kristi Moore, Ellenoira Featherston, Kate O'Neill and Marybeth Raphael.
Congratulations to all on a fine season.