2005-12-23 / Sports

Stella Maris Continues To Work Out Basketball Kinks

A trio of losses in non-league competition has Stella Maris at 2-5 for the season (2-0 in CHSAA B/Q Div II). Losses to Bishop Ford and Mary Louis (both Div I teams) were marked by the same inconsistent offensive play the Lady Flippers have demonstrated thus far.

On the defensive end, SM continues its hard work as they work out the kinks in a tough full court pressure defense. But the offense is sputtering. For a team in search of 55-60 points per game they are falling short.

This past Wednesday SM traveled to Our Lady Mercy Academy (Syosset) to compete in the first of 2 games. FontBonne Hall (also DII CHSAA), Our Lady Of Mercy, and St. Dominic’s (Rockville Centre Diocese) are the other teams involved. SM’s first game was against St. Dominic’s. The final score of 50-31 may seem lopsided but the game itself was not. After the first it was 12-5. But, unlike other games, SM ran their offense, had good looks, high percentage shots but they just wouldn’t fall.

Then in the second, the Lady Flippers put together their most consistent quarter thus far. Six players scored to lead the attack but the team fell short 17-14 as they missed 6 foul shots. Unfortunately, the third quarter was not as consistent as Blue and Gold were beat 12-3. With 4 minutes to go the lead was cut to 13. But this was as close as Stella would get. SM was led by Caroline Weeks (8). Tough play on the part of Cat Rudden, Mel Jablonski and Kathleen Haggerty are examples the rest of the team should take note of.

Stella Maris played host OL Mercy on Thursday. Results will be in next week’s Wave. League competition at FontBonne Hall (Tues. 12/20) was cancelled due to the transit strike and has been rescheduled for Tuesday Jan 3.

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