Lady Flippers Fall In Catholic Finals
Stella Maris’ dream to threepeat for the CHSAA Varsity B Championship ended up in smoke as Bishop Ford won 65-37 at St. John’s University last Saturday.
Bishop Ford (22-4) finished the season undefeated in the B Division. They received an all-around scoring effort from players such as Lorin Clarke, who scored 14 points, Damaris Walton added 12 and freshman Ashley Beard chipped in 10.
The Falcons pulled away in the second quarter for a 31-18 halftime lead and was up by 30 at one point in the second half. The Falcons advanced to Class C State Championship Tournament.
Stella Maris advanced to the final after defeating higher seed St. Edmund’s, 51-48 last Thursday but could not keep up with the highpowered Falcons. Jennifer Anglero, who netted her 1,000th career point this season, led Stella Maris with 13 points. In a nice gesture by head coach Maureen Gigiello, Kelley McKinley entered the game for a few seconds in the fourth quarter. The senior broke her foot earlier in the regular season.
Woodmere Heads Upstate
Lawrence Woodmere Academy head coach Jeff Weiss knew his team would be in a dogfight against Upper Room in the last Sunday. After a tight first half, Woodmere showed once again that they can deliver when it counts most as they won 70-50 to win their second consecutive NYSAISAA Class A championship.
Woodmere adjusted from a poor first half shooting performance and shot 11 for 20 as a team in the second half. They also got the ball inside to 6 foot 7 junior Tyrone Nash, who proved to be dominant in the post as he scored 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead LWA (23-5).
“It’s been an unbelievable season. They’re wonderful kids. They really play as a team,” Weiss said.
Weiss had the tough task of replacing five seniors from last year’s championship squad and Nash proved to be a key replacement. According to Weiss, Nash has recovered fully from muscle damage, which took him out of the most of last season.
“He’s a very good player with remarkable skills inside and outside,” Weiss said of the junior who is being recruited by some NCAA Division I schools. “He’s the smartest person on the team and a great defender.”
What’s scary for any team that faces Woodmere is that Nash is not the only big man in the post. They also feature forward Josh Marshall, who contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds in the semifinals to beat Our Saviour Lutheran. Edmund McRae also made an impact with added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
As a result of the win, Woodmere will once again head to the New York State Federation Tournament in Glens Falls on March 18. With the public, independent and state catholic championships going on now, Woodmere will have to wait two weeks to play its first state federation game.
They will take on the winner of St. Anthony’s (L.I.) vs. St. John’s Prep. Those teams will play on Sunday at Fordham Univerisity.
“It’s kind of tough with the layoff and we can’t play some teams because their season is over,” Weiss said.
For a team that has been on a roll, it could be a detriment but Weiss has faced this problem before and been victorious. With former Rockaway stars Rashaun Banjo and Carl Benn, LWA captured the federation tournament titles in 1999 and 2002.
CTK Aims To Win Federation
The preseason expectation by most pundits was that Christ the King and Archbishop Molloy would battle for the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA girls Varsity AA championship.
The pundits were right but the expectations for a close game went by the wayside when Molloy’s standout guard, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, injured her foot early in the season. Without Onwude, a powerful Christ the King squad overmatched Molloy with a 59-36 win and an unprecedented 21st consecutive Diocesan championship.
“I’m proud of the girls. I thought they played well and we ran the ball really well,” Royals head coach Bob Mackey, and former Rockaway resident, said of his team that improved to 24-0 on the season. They play St. Peter’s of Staten Island at presstime and the winner will face St. John’s Baptist of Long Island at St. John’s University on Sunday afternoon.
Most Royals players are tired of being asked if they want to get revenge on PSAL Champions Murray Bergtraum, who defeated them last year in the Federation Tournament Double AA Championship. Careem Gay, the senior forward who led with 24 points, says her team has kept the focus on just winning one game at a time.
“We’re the 21st team to do it. It felt good, we played hard and we came together,” Gay, who is heading to Duke next season, said. “It can only get better if we win the state championship.”
Tigers On Federation Trail
Bishop Kearney will play in the Class B Federation Tournament at presstime against Cardinal Spellman at the College of Staten Island. Rockaway’s Jill Brady will try to lead the Tigers, if they defeat Spellman, into the Federation title game against Kellenberg of Long Island on Sunday.