2006-01-13 / Sports

Lady Flippers Grab Top CHSAA Division II Spot

With the season at its halfway point, Stella Maris finds itself with an overall record of 6-7, 6-0 in League competition and in sole possession of first place.

Team Captain Erin Casey along with co-captains Jen Anglero and MaryGrace Brady are leading the way as the Lady Flippers strive for a four-peat appearance (victors in 2 of the last 3) in the CHSAA Division II Championship Game.

Victories last week over division rivals FontBonne and St. John’s Prep have been followed by two more victories over St. Edmund and Catherine McAuley.

The senior-heavy Lady Flippers played very well against the much younger Eagles of St. Edmund. After a competitive first quarter (13-7) SM took off running and didn’t stop til the final horn. All SM players scored as they were led by Tara Gleason and Alexa Rosella’s 14 points each.

The final score 73-36 is indicative of just what SM is capable of in league play.

SM’s non-league schedule is always grueling; very few of those games are wins in the overall team record. But they all serve their purpose: to make the Blue and Gold stronger and tougher in league competition. The two non-league games versus Bishop Loughlin are employed for comparison purposes. It’s sort of like taking the team’s temperature.

Back in December, SM lost to BL 73-42. The team’s defense was poor to say the least as Loughlin could have scored much more if they wanted. Fast forward to this past Monday. Stella hosted Loughlin and did lose but this time 52-32. SM played more physical, boxed out well and played hard throughout.

The game served its purpose.

Might have been a loss in the record book but proved a win-win situation for SM.

The evidence of that confidence boost was apparent in the next day’s game versus Catherine McAuley. Back in December Stella traveled to Brooklyn and eked out a win in an ugly game (46-38). A lack of intensity (both on defense and offense) allowed McAuley to stay in the game.

This game would be different. The final score was 66-26 as SM’s defense held McAuley scoreless for nearly a quarter and a half. SM was led by Jen Anglero’s 16 and Maureen Carey’s 13 points.

This past Tuesday, Stella Maris was also honored by the presence of some very special V. Y. P’s (very young players) at the game. St. Francis De Sales’ Pee Wee “Gold” Girls’ Basketball team joined their older “Blue and Gold” athletes on the court.

Team members are: Meaghan Shevlin, Gabriella Rea, Ann Ryan (mom Mary alum), Michelle Wrynn, Annie Reinhardt, Deirdre McCool, Bridget Buckely (mom Margaret alum), Kristie Carey (mom Regina alum and cousin of Senior Maureen), Marine Cregan (mom Nancy alum), Casey McDade (mom Amy alum) and Alison Ebert (four “stellar” players all: Jane, Kathy, Marybeth and Patricia).

The SFDS team has won 5 games this season and shown tremendous heart and determination. Smaller than most opponents; the young players make up for this with true grit.

Flipper footnotes: TG what was that motion you made at FH? CR: 2 questions. Where is the beach? And have you ever locked down anyone before? MB: has your uniform been in the cleaners? Not smart! The JA assault on 1000 rebounds continues. Most likely 3 games and counting!

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