Stella Maris’ Late Heroics Seal Undefeated Season
Every now and then you get to be a part of something that you think will be a good thing. And then the day arrives and it ends up being better than you ever thought it could be.
That sentiment is being shared by everyone of the Stella Maris Faithful who were present for Senior Day this past Wednesday. A gym packed with family, faculty and friends, teammates who worked hard to make the day as special as possible, seniors looking to share their goodwill and appreciation with every single person there and a coach bidding farewell to seven of the most deserving scholar athletes anyone could know.
And, by the way, there was a game thrown in there along the way. What a game as the Stella Maris Varsity Basketball Team defeated St. 50-48. The win sealed an undefeated regular season for the Home White and capped off a spectacular day.
After the pre-game festivities, the game tipped off and it was apparent that SM would be battling against more than just their opponent. With seven seniors, an emotional overload was in store for the team. The Lady Flippers never really did gain full focus on the game at hand. The SS Pandas were ready to pounce and they did just that.
SM was down at the end of the first 15-8. Renown for late starts and with all the nervous energy on the court and bench the deficit really could have been greater. The second quarter was more of the same type of frenzied play. But this time SM outscored Saviour 12-10 to go into half time 25-20. Still the coaching staff remained optimistic. Besides throwing themselves off, SM’s “nutsy fagan” play was also keeping St. Saviour a bit off balance. So at the end of third SM had cut that 7 point deficit down to 2, 33-31.
The fourth started with the teams trading two baskets each. But then the Pandas had a run and their lead increased to 8 midway through the quarter.
With 2:02 remaining the score was 44-38. After a SS timeout, SM came out in a full court man. Jen Greene picked the next two possessions for SM as both steals were converted to baskets (one by Caroline Weeks and the other by Jen Anglero). Then Saviour answered with a break away of their own to go up by 4 (46-42). With :59 to go SS called another timeout.
The next two possessions ended up with steals for SM. This time Alexa Rosella was the thief and Jen Greene and Jen Anglero converted to tie the game at 46. Once again, Saviour responded with a huge basket to go up 48-46.
After a Stella turnover, Saviour missed and Alexa Rosella’s rebound was outletted to Cat Rudden. Rudden’s pass to Anglero resulted in the tying basket at 48 up.
With 19 seconds to go Jen Anglero went in hard to the basket and was called for the offensive. No basket plus she had fouled out. Another SS timeout. This time the pass in was off line but out of bounds off SM. SS inbounded the ball successfully and drove to the basket.
A foul on Rosella put Saviour at the line to take the lead. The front half of the one and one missed. Erin Casey grabbed the rebound, pass up to Rudden and then the SM captain was down at the other end for the return pass. Layup, basket and lead.
With 5 seconds to go SM stole the inbound pass and Cat Rudden dribbled out the clock. What an exciting ending! SM was led by Jen Anglero’s 25 points.
Flipper Footnotes: Seniors, you did not go gently into that sweet night! You battled and got the win. Thanks to SS coach, Mr. “A” and his players for their patience and graciousness. Thanks to Dragon’s Den and Bernie Heeran and the entire staff at Harbor Light.
Everything was great.
But let’s not have that as our last supper! Buffalo!