2006-01-27 / Sports

Lady Flippers Aim For Strong Finish

Stella Maris travels to Staten Island today to take on the Tottenville Pirates in SM’s final non-league competition of the regular season. After a week off (due to exams), the Flippers are looking to play well and regain the strength and consistency they had displayed in league competition the past 3 weeks. With just 5 league games remaining SM has its sights set on the playoffs.

This year the Division II Championship game will send both participants to the Catholic State Post Season Play. The winner will represent the Brooklyn Diocese as the “C” team and the loser will be the “D” representative. Division I will send their top three finishers as the AA, A and B. Once League playoffs are concluded the different classifications will take various routes. The three DI reps are also eligible for the State Federation Championships. This pits Catholic schools against Public, Private and Independents. So after the Catholic States are done those victors continue onto the Federation Tournament.

The C representative from DII is eligible only for the Catholic States. Those semifinals are being played in Buffalo this year. The D rep (also DII) will not compete in Buffalo but still competes in the Catholic States being held at St. John’s Prep. It sounds confusing but really isn’t. All the classifications are an attempt to allow different levels of team talent continue on and prove themselves against like-caliber teams from various areas. It’s the High school alternative for our own March Madness.

But first SM has to concentrate on their league competition. SM struggled at the beginning in search of a consistent offensive attack. A fine-tuning of the lineup has increased overall production. Cat Rudden moved to point, Mel Jablonski won the starting spot at the 2, Alexa Rosella moved over to the 3 and “steady-eddies” Erin Casey and Jen Anglero fill out the starting rotation.

The Lady Flippers score the majority of their points off fastbreaks. A stronger team effort under the boards has proved invaluable. Casey, Anglero and Rosella always pull down more then their fair share. But the emergence of Maureen Carey, Caroline Weeks and Kathleen Haggerty in that area has been a God-send. Since the team likes the up-tempo game substitutions are made often. The rotations have been hampered by the absence of MaryGrace Brady (ankle injury). However, Tara Gleason and Jen Greene are quick off the bench at the 1 and 2 spot to keep the game moving.

The team employs various rotations as all players are interchangeable. Anyone can be moved to any position at any time. This of course leads to a higher number of turnovers but the game is played at a faster pace. Every player sees action and a lot of it. This combined with the pace helps wear the opponent down. We shall see!

Flipper Footnotes: JA the 1000th is coming. Thanks to Dragon’s Den and Boardwalk Bagels. The flowers were gorgeous and the food deli-cious. EC: our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Mr. B get better soon. AC another pair?

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