Exciting Turkey Weekend Basketball At SFDS
While some people prefer football with their turkey, there was a full helping of CYO basketball at St. Francis this weekend.
Casey McDade stole the ball and raced the length of the court to make the go ahead basket, then rebounded her missed free throw and scored to seal a 10-7 win for the PeeWee A girls. Meghan King tossed in 6 and Amie McManus 4 as the Pee Wee B’s improved to 7-0 with a win over Our Lady of Grace. Daisy Trusttum, Gina Davan, Meghan Atwood and Anastasia O’Byrne completed the scoring.
The Novice girls traveled to St. Adalbert and returned with a 25-6 win on the outside shooting of Regina Paskoff with 8 points, and Lisa Pulkoski with 6. The Bantams got of to a slow start but played great defense in the second half to get them going and stay undefeated as they beat OLPH 26-8. Casey Collins, Rachel Gersh, and Erin Nuszer led the way. The Rookie girls lost a tough one, 26-23 to Our Lady of Hope, despite the scoring of Annette Scotto, Kathryn Foris, and Rebecca Moers, and the defense of Fallon Mullen and Danielle Farragher.
The Intermediates evened things up with Hope by edging them 25-23. Jennifer Boyle and Allison Dunn scored 8 each, Kathryn Edwards 5, and Caroline Clark and Ciara Rayder 2 each. Jessica Iori and Molly McNulty were outstanding on defense.
Billy Collins made the big steal and set up the winning basket with a pass to Dennis Barnes as the Boys PeeWee A’s beat the B’s 19-16 in the Turkey Bowl. Barnes’ basket with 0:10 remaining gave him 6 for the game. Conor McHale added 5. Thomas Clark ran the offense from the point. The Subnovice A’s beat Nativity behind a total team effort in all aspects of the game. The Novice boys sprinted past Holy Child to run their record to 4-0.
The Bantam boys faced off with their nemesis St. Benedict Joseph. After going scoreless in the 1st quarter, St. Francis cut the lead to 12-10 at the half and kept the same difference at 19-17 after three quarters. It went to the wire but St. Benedict held on, 30-26. Ryan Meade scored 8, Rob Peters 7, and Pat Kilgallen 4. Danny Donohue, Kevin Ellis, Joe Barna and Chris Tsatsis completed the scoring.
The Rookies frittered away their lead against St. Helen’s and found themselves down by 4 with 45 seconds remaining. They rallied and then James Goldberg found James Mercer with 3 seconds remaining for the tying basket, sending the game to OT. Clutch free throw shooting in overtime secured a 50-46 win for St. Francis.
The 20th Annual St. Francis Christmas Tournament is just around the corner but there is plenty of action now at the SFDS gym.
See you this weekend.