SFDS Finishes Successful Peggy Boyle Tournament
The Peggy Boyle Memorial Basketball Tournament completed another successful run with Saturday's championship games at St. Francis de Sales. After two weeks of competition among teams from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island, five champions were crowned. The day began with the Rookie division with St. Bernard of Levittown cruising past Epiphany from Stuyvesant Town 37-18. The St. Francis girls were eliminated by Epiphany in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
A thriller followed in the Novice division with St. Thomas More edging St. Francis 29-26 in double overtime. Cindy Henderson scored 15 including 7 in the overtime sessions, and Jesse Jamin added 12 to lead St. Thomas to victory. Taylor Butigan scored 14 and Lisa Pulkoski 6 for St. Francis, and were named to the All-Tournament team. Erin Blum received the Sportsmanship award.
The Bantam matchup was highly anticipated, but Long Beach Catholic proved to be too much to handle for the hosts, winning 38-26. Ashley Raaf scored 14 and Casey Collins 7 for St. Francis, and were All-Tournament. Cathryn Brown was named for Sportsmanship.
The highlight of the day was the PeeWee final between St. Francis A and St. Francis B. With coach Maureen Gigliello up in Buffalo leading her Stella Maris squad, the A's battled the B's and almost pulled off the big win. Meghan Atwood had different ideas and her basket with 10 seconds remaining vaulted the B's to an 8-7 win for the championship. Atwood scored 4 and was named All-Tournament, along with Daisy Trusttum. Samantha Scaccia was awarded for Sportsmanship. For the valiant A's, Casey McDade and Kristie Carey made All-Tournament and Sportsmanship went to Annie Ryan.
The day concluded with the St. Francis Intermediates playing the final game of their CYO career. Allison Dunn scored 11, Caroline Clark and Kathryn Edwards 7 each, Molly McNulty 4 and Jessica Iori 2 as they closed out with a 31-9 championship win over Epiphany. Jen Boyle once again was limited to cheering her teammates on. Dunn and Clark received All-Tournament honors and Ciara Rayder Sportsmanship. The girls had a small party afterwards to celebrate their time together and were toasted by coach Dan Edwards and longtime team rep Ellen McNulty. Best of luck in High School girls!
It was a fitting end to the Peggy Boyle Tournament that would make Peggy proud. Thank you to the Boyle family for their continued support. It was nice to see you here once again as we honor Peggy's memory. Thank you also to the St. Francis coaches, reps, and kitchen crew on a great job. We look forward to next year's tournament