Stella Maris Flippers Conclude Division II Title Season
Stella Maris’ Varsity Basketball Team concluded their 2002-2003 season with its Championship victory over Fon t Bonne Hall. The win placed the team’s overall record at 17-8 and capped off an exciting, fast-paced season.
This year’s Lady Flipper squad differed from those in the past mainly due to the team’s youth. Unlike past teams, this one did not have the luxury of experienced senior leaders. In fact, there was not a single senior on the roster. This left a leadership void. Or so it seemed at first glance. And then the season started. It was apparent from the initial game (and first victory) that juniors, point guard Marybeth Raphael and shooting guard Natalie DeSanctis, were in it to win. The pair set a tone of commitment and dedication that eight other teammates were willing and most capable of following. That combined with the tremendous influence of returning veterans Liz Jablonski, Sara Massimino and Nicole Santoro plus first year Varsity players, Juanita Whyms (jr.), Cynthia Galanos (soph.) and freshmen Natalia Alexander, Jennifer Anglero and MaryGrace Brady set the team’s aspirations on the Championship.
Throughout the year, various players stood up and were recognized for coming through at crunch time. Six different players led the team in game high scoring. Seven Lady Flippers grabbed at least 6 rebounds in any one game. Steals and assists were occurring with such frequency that they became hard to keep track off. As a team they came to understand and respect each other’s strong points as well as weaker points and used that knowledge to it’s fullest.
Team leaders: Assists: Marybeth Raphael (6.1) and Natalie DeSanctis (5.4). Rebounding: Jennifer Anglero (8.9), Juanita Whyms (7.4) and Natalia Alexander (6.8). Points: Natalia Alexander (18.8), Jen Anglero (16.9) and Natalie DeSanctis (12.3). Steals: Natalie DeSanctis (4.5), Marybeth Raphael (3.9) and Jen Anglero (3.1). Free Throw %: Natalie DeSanctis (81.3) and Jen Anglero (80.4). Blocked Shots: Juanita Whyms (3.5) and Jen Anglero (2.6).
Other team leaders rarely mentioned in a game article are Sue Brennan and MaryCait Cunneen. The two best managers in the CHSAA. Plus the team’s parents: for making the sacrifices necessary in order for all of this to happen. And finally the team thanks Miss Geri Martinez (principal) and Mrs. Ellen Faughnan (athletic director) for their support and presence all year.
Flipper footnotes: don’t worry ladies, just waiting for the spring thaw then we’ll go digging! JA: are you still sweating and your hair looks good. Is that hairspray? LJ: I miss our sessions a lot! But not as much as ND does! MR: we were playing bball not softball right? And on a serious note: our prayers and thoughts have been with ND and her family during their time of loss.