2003-01-25 / Sports

SM Lady Flippers Basketball Are On A Roll

SM Lady Flippers Basketball Are On A Roll

Stella Maris’ Varsity basketball team defeated St. Saviour 51-42 and raised their league record to 9-1. From the opening tap throughout the game, the Lady Flippers were out of sync. However, on this night, an array of talented individuals was able to claim victory over an opponent who put forth a tremendous team effort. Down 11-4 to start the second, SM utilized 2 technical fouls (assessed to SS) to score 7 points. Clutch free throw shooting by Natalie DeSanctis (plus a basket and trey in the quarter) pulled the Lady Flippers within 1 at 20-19 going into the half.

St. Saviour added to their lead by outscoring SM 12-11 in the third. Baskets by Marybeth Raphael and Jen Anglero combined with threes from Natalia Alexander and Marygrace Brady kept the Blue and Gold alive. And then came the fourth. All 5 starters for SM chipped in as the Flippers outscored the Pandas 22-10 in the quarter. For the first 5 minutes both teams exchanged either free throws or baskets. Marybeth Raphael hit from three-point land, Marygrace Brady from just within the arc and Natalia Alexander from the right wing. SS had hit 4 of 5 from the line and scored on an offensive rebound to take a 38-36 lead. Jennifer Anglero tied the game with her first 2 free throws. And SM took the lead for good with her offensive rebound basket. Another three by Natalie DeSanctis and a combined 9 points from Jen Anglero and Natalia Alexander put SM in the lead by 14 with a minute to play. For the game SM was lead by Jen Anglero (14 pts) Natalia Alexander (13 pts) and Natalie DeSanctis (11 pts).

In the night’s opener, SM’s Junior Varsity squad lost a tough one 40-35. Here to, the Blue Gold never seemed to get on track. Down 22-13 going into the half, the Flippers outscored the Pandas 11-6 in the third. In the fourth, SM pulled within 2 several times but was never able to take the lead. Continued full court man defense kept up the intensity but some key baskets on the part of SS held SM off. For the game SM was led by Catherine Rudden’s 14 pts. Seven other Lady Flippers also contributed offensively: Erin Casey, Alyce Miraglia, Jen Greene, Tara Mink, Kelly McKinley, Maureen Carey and Caroline Weeks. The J.V.’s league record now stands at 9-4 as both teams enter midterm week.

Flipper Footnotes: Varsity: I appreciate the team effort at SE! Especially on the sidelines. ND all I asked was that we pick the ball up for the ref, someone please explain that! JA: the salon tab is running. JA and NA: pay up, Sue needs college books! JV heads up, keep working hard. You are doing great!

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