2005-12-16 / Sports

Francis Lewis Crush Lady Dolphins In First Place Battle

By Elio Velez


At the top of the PSAL Girls Queens A Standings, Francis Lewis and Beach Channel were tied at the top of the division at 4-0. Though the Dolphins are improved, they are not yet at the level of one of the best teams in the city

In a 74-35 drubbing at Beach Channel, Francis Lewis’ Vionca Murray ran roughshod over a game but overmatched Dolphins squad.

Murray used her 6 foot 1 frame to overpower a smaller Beach Channel lineup for 24 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Lewis raced out to a 15-0 lead and it wasn’t until the Dolphins’ Antoinette Jolly scored on a layup that the run was broken.

By the time Beach Channel could gather themselves after the shock of falling behind so early, the game was already decided. The Dolphins strungup six quick points to cut the game to 25-10 but that was as close as they could get. Antoinette Jolly scored 20 points and Cynthia Wolfe had 16 rebounds inside the post.

The schedule starts to get a lot tougher now for the Dolphins. They will face divisional rivals August Martin and travel to Cardozo, who will play Francis Lewis for the top spot in the division today, just before the winter break.

“I probably said more confident things to the girls after a loss than they did in their first four wins,” coach Victor Nazario said after the game. “I was impressed with the fight even if the score was lopsided. We were undersized and if they’re throwing over the top to Vionca, then they’re going to score.

The Dolphins frontcourt got a little smaller this week when 6 foot 1 sophomore mine Strong was declared academically ineligible. Even with these setbacks, Nazario still has a lot of talent to work with. It’s only one loss.

“The score won’t say so but there were a lot of positives out there. Cynthia played a heck of a game with the way she was attacking the boards and flying over the place,” Nazario said. “Antoinette was doing the same and Cynthia also. But we need the other players to match that same intensity and we’re not getting that.”

Far Rockaway Storms Back

Down for most of the game against Springfield Gardens, the Lady seahorses went on a 26-8 run in the fourth quarter and captured their fourth win (4-1) of the season in a 48-38 win. Shantee Goggins scored 21 points and Sandy Jean Francois scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds.

Kearney Off To Flying Start

An early season barometer to know how well a team is playing is the ability to pull out wins in tight ballgames. Bishop Kearney has followed that ideal with 2 nailbiters wins in the past week and half to jump off to a 4-0 record to start the season.

Coach Cathy Crockett has been impressed with the balance the Tigers have shown in their recent wins. But she also been impressed with senior Jill Brady, who has been one of the main examples of the versatility Bishop Kearney has shown on the offensive end.

In their home opener against Mary Louis, Brady’s three pointer tied the game late in the fourth quarter at 52. On the other end of the floor, the Tigers defense connected on free throws and held Mary Louis on their next possession for a 54-52 win.

Against Midwood, Brady, the Rockaway resident was on fire again with 29 points—including 12 points in the fourth quarter in a 73-63 win over Midwood in the Murry Bergtraum Tournament. Lisa Abitante added 12 points and center Maria Laterza chipped in 12 rebounds and 9 points.

Brady pulled the rug out against St. Dominic’s with baseline runner that connected with 18 seconds left which gave the Tigers a 46-45 win.

CTK Heads To Desert

Christ the King Lady Royals are traveling this week to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, and it’s no easy task for the #1 team in the country by USA Today. Starting on Monday, the Lady Royals must win four games in four consecutive days to win the tournament.

“This one is going to be tough,” head coach Bob Mackey, whose team is 3-0 following a win over Broward, Florida last weekend. “In our bracket alone, 14 of the 16 teams are ranked in the top 25 in the country. If we’re going to win this tournament, we’ll just have to beat whoever we face.”

The Lady Royals had success last season in defeating Piedmont in the championship but only after Lorin Dixon hit a last second jumper to win 44-42.

Though Miss New York Basketball Careem Gay departed to Duke University, senior center Tina Charles is already taking up most of the scoring slack for her former teammate.

The 6 foot 4 player has displayed her dominance Charles broke the Christ the King all time single game scoring record with 49 points this season against Bishop Ford. The all time record was 47 points scored by Clare Droesch, which was set in 1999.

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