2005-09-02 / Sports

Animal Hospital Wins Final Classic Title

By Keith Goldberg

In a thrilling conclusion to the 2005 St. Francis Summer Classic, Animal Hospital of Bay Ridge held on to beat 4 POINT 0, 52-49 for the Girls High School championship. Big Blue jumped to a 6-0 lead out of the gate forcing an early time out for 4 POINT 0 coach Joe Kenel. A pair of 3’s by Kristi Moore and Kaitlin Irwin tied the game at 6 and set the tone for the rest of the game. Animal Hospital would build a lead and 4 POINT 0 would chip away with their smart bombs.

At halftime the score stood at 33-26. 4 POINT 0 reduced the deficit to four at the end of the third quarter but then Animal Hospital looked ready to put it away early in the fourth, going up by 11. True to form, 4 POINT 0 was not done as Moore led a final surge. With two chances to tie in the final 30 seconds, Jacky Spezzano’s attempts both rimmed out. Moore and Irwin were spectacular, combining for 9 3’s and 34 points. In the end though, it was the balance and versatility of Animal Hospital that won the day.

Caitlin Wheeler, Lorrin Clarke, Desiree McDonough, and Candace Clark combined for 40 points while Dawn Garcia directed the offense with poise. Cori Gorman applied the defensive pressure and Lauren Atwood, Mary Gillen, and Jenna Hill provided solid relief. Their depth allowed them to overcome an injury to sharpshooter Michelle Raaf. Coach Dan Edwards conducted the team like a symphony, going inside and out, and changing tempo from fast break to half court with equal success.

In the semi-finals, 4 POINT 0 rode 24 points from Kaitlin Irwin, 16 from Michelle Kenel, and 15 from Kristi Moore to victory over Mr. Marshall’s Kids.

Animal Hospital used its trademark balance to pull away from BHYC, which was led by Katie Pastina’s 20 points. Congratulations to the champs and to all our players.

Thanks to our coaches, referees, and our timer and scorer, James and Patrick Goldberg.

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