2005-12-02 / Sports

Stella Maris Lady Flippers Seek Return to CHSAA Title Game

By Elio Velez

Jennifer Anglero (with the ball during a practice last season) drives to the basket. Photo By Elio VelezJennifer Anglero (with the ball during a practice last season) drives to the basket. Photo By Elio Velez

  • With 1,000 points and less than 50 rebounds away from reaching the 1,000 milestone, Stella Maris’ Jennifer Anglero is on her way to becoming the best ballplayer the school has produced. Head coach Maureen Gigliello knows what she’s getting from Anglero on most nights. But she’s unsure of what contributions will come from the rest of the Lady Flippers.
  • Gigliello is concerned that her team may be too dependent on Anglero and in a 56-48 non-league loss to Tottenville last Monday, her fears were answered.

    Anglero scored 13 points but was kept on the bench as Gigliello saw her team go through two bad stretches in the first and third quarters, which decided the game. Stella Maris’ offense was stagnant as they never had the lead and were down 14 points in the third. Gigliello imparted a tough lesson by sticking Anglero on the bench. Last season, the Flippers ended at 13-9 and won a tough 51-48 win over St. Edmund’s in the semifinals to return to the CHSAA B League Championships title game. The season though ended abruptly in a 65-37 rout by Bishop Ford.If they are to return to the title game and fend off tough competition from Fontbonne Hall, St. John’s Prep and St. Saviour, wins are going to have to come by as a team.

    “Sometimes they sit around and watch Jen. It can’t happen this year. It has to be more balanced,” Gigliello said. Some people have to look for their own shot.”

    A new motion offense is intended to open up more opportunities for Erin Casey, who will be a much needed second scorer. Alexa Rosella starts at point guard after missing last season with a rotator cuff injury. Gigliello hopes she can transfer her talents from the diamond, where she starred on the softball team, to the hardwood.

    “I’m looking for 8 assists a game and 12-15 points per game. We haven’t had that kind of expectation in a point guard in this program in six or seven years.”

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