Stella Maris Comes Out Firing In Win
Stella Maris’ Varsity Basketball team started this season with several goals. The first two concern the team’s performance: playing tough, competitive ball in the Msgr. King Tournament (MLK weekend) and making it to the Division Championship Game in March.
Then there were three individual goals: two players recording their 300th assist and one scoring her 1000th point. Senior point guard Mary Beth Raphael and Senior 2-guard Natalie DeSanctis each achieved their 300th back in December. Then competition broke for the Christmas vacation. League play started up again this past Monday as the Lady Flippers traveled to College Point to take on St. Agnes.
SM came away with a 59-31 victory. Jennifer Anglero scored 16 (12 in the second half) and Natalie DeSanctis scored 17 (15 in the second half). DeSanctis, the 2-guard gunning for her 1000th point, entered the game 20 points shy of the mark. Which leads right into Wednesday’s game against visiting St. Saviour.
Stella Maris came out and played their best first-quarter basketball to date. No doubt the electricity in the gym, caused by the anticipation of Natalie DeSanctis’ looming 1000th, fueled the squad’s fire.
St. Saviour scored the first basket and then DeSanctis answered: pass from the point (from backcourt mate Mary Beth Raphael) and Natalie drained a three pointer from the right wing. Nothin’ but net, the team mobbed her and hoisted her up on their shoulders, words of congratulations from SM’s Principal Miss Geri Martinez, celebratory basketball and flowers presented. A phenomenal site on any court but even sweeter on one’s own home court! SM would never look back. A swarming defense and superb rebounding led the way as SM took a commanding lead of 29-11 into half time.
The final score was 63–28 as 11 Lady Flippers contributed offensively. Natalia Alexander led SM with 11 points, Natalie DeSanctis finished with 9 and Liz Jablonski chipped in with 8 (6 in the 4th quarter). MaryGrace Brady (7), Kelley McKinley (6), Catherine Rudden and Jennifer Anglero (5), Cynthia Galanos (4), Mary Beth Raphael and Nicole Santoro (3) and Erin Casey (2) rounded out the Blue and Gold’s scoring.
The two victories raise the team’s league record to 7-0. SM’s Junior Varsity team also won both games vs their St. Agnes and St. Saviour counterparts. Both teams host St. Agnes (on Monday) and Font Bonne (on Wed).
Flipper Footnotes: Mrs. C your job here is done! Thank you so very much. Miss M thanks for the pizza. Gino’s Pizzeria thanks for making the special, requested trip. Question: were there enough of ND’s family in the gym? MR and ND or should we call you "sugar, sugar"? CG keep ‘em to yourself! JA I will not hit you, yet! LJ and MJ we wear them with pride!