2006-01-20 / Sports

Crockett, Kearney Faces Showdown With Molloy

By Elio Velez

The Bishop Kearney Tigers varsity girls’ basketball teams have circled the opponents they want to beat this season. The one team circled in red is a showdown with CHSAA division rival Archbishop Molloy in a matchup today at BKHS at 6 p.m.

The battle for sole possession of second place for both clubs, who are 4-1, should be a dogfight. Molloy has the upperhand in the first battle this year with a 61-54 home win earlier this month.

This time, the contest will be at Bishop Kearney and head coach Cathy Crockett, a Breezy Point resident, is pleased how her team has played since the loss. Winning five in a row, the Tigers completed a weekend sweep of St. Joseph Hill and St. Joseph By the Sea to up their record to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in CHSAA Division I.

Balanced scoring and tough defense have been the most important factors in Bishop Kearney’s success so far. The scoring has come from various players and at times, three to four players average in double figures per game. Maria Laterza, a junior, has improved at the center spot with 15 points per game. Senior guard Jill Brady is a consistent scorer and Lisa Abitante, Caitlin Irwin, Michele Kenel and Diana Canzioneri have contributed as well.

But defense has been the most important tool in their arsenal all season according to Crockett.

“Our defense is very, very consistent so when we’re not playing well on offense, we’re playing tough defense to keep us in the game.”

Lady Dolphins Clinch Playoffs

After a slipup last week in a loss to John Adams, Beach Channel finally got the win that sealed their bid to make the playoffs.

Townsend Harris was blitzed in a 19-3 run in the second quarter as the Lady Dolphins won their seventh victory in 10 tries last Wednesday, 55-20. Cynthia Wolfe led the team with 21 points, Tanya Nelson chipped in with 16 points and Antoinette Jolly dished six assists.

With four more games left, the Dolphins are assured of a playoff berth but the final stretch won’t be easy. Currently in fourth place in the PSAL Queens A, they’ll finish the regular season with Francis Lewis, August Martin and two games against Cardozo.

Far Rockaway is in the midst of a tough stretch as Van Buren handed the Lady Seahorses their third straight loss last Tuesday, 55-41. With previous losses ot Queens High School of Teaching and Forest Hills, FRHS’ record is now at 6-5 with a game against Jamaica at press time. It will be the last PSAL contest until January 31 due to mid-term exams taken this week.

The Midwood girls’ varsity basketball team currently has an infusion of talent from Rockaway that’s making an impact on a winning team. Megan McKenna, Michelle Cashen and Celeste Roberts have joined senior superstar Melanie Murphy and are currently battling for the top spot in the Brooklyn A-I Division.

Murphy, a dynamic point guard, is headed to Stanford and joining her on the floor is McKenna, who is third in scoring on the team by averaging 12 points per game. Cashen, a sophomore, is averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds per game and Roberts is coming off the bench.

Midwood, coached by Artie Lagreca, is 6-3 and tied for first place with Canarsie and South Shore.

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