2006-03-10 / Sports

Kearney Storms Back To Advance To Catholic States

By Elio Velez

Bishop Kearney Tigers' Cathy Crockett (center) gives instructions to her team during the first half Photo By Pete Borriello. 
Bishop Kearney Tigers' Cathy Crockett (center) gives instructions to her team during the first half Photo By Pete Borriello. Bishop Kearney center Maria Laterza surely didn't want her team's season to end at Bishop Ford last Sunday against Mary Louis in the CHSAA Catholic State B Classification game.

In the second quarter, things didn't look promising for the Tigers as they were down 34-22. Mary Louis was shooting lights out and Laterza vividly remembers the conversation held during a timeout by senior captains Jill Brady, Lisa Abitante and Diana Canzioneri. "Going into the huddle, the captains said this could be our last game and everytime it (statement) came into my head, I didn't want that to happen," Laterza said.

That statement stuck to the rest of Tigers as they climbed back from a 12 point deficit and held off Mary Louis in a 73-65 victory to become the Brooklyn-Queens representative for the Class B State Tournament.

Bishop Kearney, who improved to 19-7, kept their season alive and will travel to Canisius College in Buffalo to face their city's class B opponent, Nardin Academy, at 2 p.m. Laterza, who was saddened about fouling out with a minute left in a last second 63-61 semifinals loss to Archbishop Molloy the previous day, didn't want to go home.

"You come to this point of the season where you're tired but if we lose then we start AAU. We knew they were good but after a loss like (Molloy), we didn't want to lose today."

After Molloy's Angelina Waterman's hit a buzzer beater layup with .3 seconds defeated the Tigers, Bishop Kearney could have made the excuse that the loss was a big factor in not playing well to begin the game.

But Tigers head coach Cathy Crockett didn't believe her team was down on themselves after the Molloy loss.

"They knew they played hard and it was not because of a lack of effort but somebody had to lose unfortunately," Crockett said. "I looked at their faces and I saw disappointment and that told me that I knew that they cared. From yesterday to today, they made up for it." Mary Louis started off hot as Amanda Burakoski scored 18 of her 22 points in the first half but Bishop Kearney stormed back with a 13-0 run to regain a 38-36 lead into the half.

To shut down Mary Louis' prolific outside shooing, Caitlin Irwin was inserted off the bench for the Tigers and not only scored 12 points but also played tight defense on Buraskoski and held the freshman to only four points in the second half. The seniors also shook off the ills as Lisa Abitante finished the game with 15 points and Jill Brady would score 14.

"Sometimes in basketball it just comes down to putting the ball in the basket. When they were making that run and when Kearney needed a basket, they got it. For us, the ball just didn't go in and we were on the wrong end of things," Mary Louis Academy head coach Joe )Lewinger said.

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