Flippers Get Healthy For Tough Upcoming Competition
Stella Maris’ Varsity basketball team awoke to some interesting presents gift-wrapped under its Christmas tree this year: the return of Kelley McKinley (but not eligible for game competition until January 7), Mel Jablonski and Alexa Rosella. The squad, severely undermanned since November, now regains its ability to “run”.
The two-time defending CHSAA Division B Champions have survived the first half of their bench-shortened season and fought their way through a mini team identity crisis. The team’s League record stands at 4-3 (overall 5-4) with a critical 24-day, 8 game span looming.
Two of the team’s CHSAA B League losses came against the St. Edmund’s Lady Eagles. Back on December 9 th, SM lost by an uninspired 52-36 margin (at home). Then this past Monday, the two teams rang in the New Year by treating a packed house (at St. Edmund) to a phenomenal overtime basketball game. SM lost the game 61-57 but found their “running” game and team identity along the way.
Juniors Jennifer Anglero (17) and Jennifer Greene (4 treys) led the balanced Flipper attack as 9 players contributed in the scoring column. Tara Gleason hit a three with 4 seconds left and Alexa Rosella swatted away a lay-up, at the buzzer, to send the game into overtime. Odds are that the two teams will run into each other again come playoff time. If history repeats like it has the past few years, those attending will be in for a quite a treat.
A surprise “guest” appearance, at the game, was made by members of the St. Francis De Sales 4th Grade Boys Basketball team. The team, repeat SFDS Christmas Tournament Champions, took time out of their own busy schedules to come over and root for the Lady Flippers. Members of SM’s team have become regulars at their younger counterparts’ games. Kathy Marquardt (’84), Margaret Buckley (’84), Amy McDade (’82) and Anne Hurley were the generous team moms who supplied team transportation and dinner.
The Lady Flippers also hosted St. Agnes and St. Saviour this week. An individual accomplishment all team members have their sights on is Jen Anglero’s 1000 th point. This should come Friday against St. Saviour. Jen will be the first Lady Flipper to reach this milestone as a Junior. She joins Jeanne Lavin (’88), Ellen Cahill (’93), Cheryl Cosenzo (’98), Katelyn Raphael (’00), Kerry Feeney (’00) and Natalie DeSanctis (’04) in that illustrious shooter’s club.
Flipper Footnotes: To our “04 grads: thanks for giving us the shirts off your back! SM alum are the best people on earth. Other alum sightings: former Flipper standouts Helene Bennett (’77) and Laura Flower (‘76). Coach Bennett: thanks for the great coaching job with our own CR. CW: stop thinking and have some fun. MJ: that’s 4 fouls/minute! MB: you didn’t touch her, right? TG: was that a smile? JG: the treys are great but a wee bit closer to the line would also be fine!