2006-12-08 / Sports

Many New Faces Sign Up For Stella Maris Lady Flippers Basketball

Alexa Rosella returns as Stella Maris tries to repeat as CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Division II Champions.
Alexa Rosella returns as Stella Maris tries to repeat as CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Division II Champions. Stella Maris High School's Varsity basketball team opened its season with a lackluster, non-league loss to Tottenville HS (70- 50) and then followed that by defeating Nazareth HS (64-23) for their first league win.

After winning the CHSAA Brooklyn Queens Division II title last year, Graduation meant the loss of seven players and all of them saw much playing time. Replacing those points, rebounds, assists and defense is the theme for this year's squad. The return of senior captain Alexa Rosella means that SM's ship has both a rudder and an anchor. Rosella starts at the 5 spot, averaged 14 ppg last year and is the team's leading rebounder as well.

Another returning senior is Tara Gleason. Gleason is SM's sharpshooter. She is expected to raise her scoring average of 7 ppg up over 10 this year. The last returning member is junior Kathleen Haggerty. Haggerty mans the 3 spot for the Lady Flippers. Not tall in size but huge in heart. At 5'7" Kathleen plays in the paint with the aplomb of a much bigger player.

She's gritty and can hit the trey also. One aim is for Haggerty to see enough good shot opportunities to place her near the 10 ppg and 8 rebounds ppg too. The starters are rounded out with sophomores Stephanie Quick and Melissa Hahn. Quick is well named! She is the point guard, leads the break and shows great promise.

Melissa Hahn is an in-your-face type player. Usually the 4 spot is a taller player. Hahn has proved that meaningless. At 5'7", she also gives up many inches to opposing players but has proved a very effective rebounder thus far and shows patience and intelligence in the paint.

Most teams call their bench players "reserves". At Stella Maris we have "players off the bench". Our rotation consists of all of our players. This year we have a rotation of 10. The first players off the bench are usually Clare Carey and Eliana Howell.

As a junior, Clare has the benefit of a year's maturity. She has a good eye and sees the court well. Howell, a sophomore is a terrific rebounder with a soft touch to her shot. Both are expected to contribute immediately.

Three more sophomores fill out the roster: Michelle Santoro, Dorothy LaBattaglia and Stephanie Von Rossem. Michelle and Dorothy will split there time at the 2 and 3 spot. Both have good shots and run the floor well. Stephanie V is the backup center. At 5'10", she is the Flipper's tallest player. A hard worker and quick learner; she is expected to supply valuable minutes and compete for the team lead in rebounding.

Flipper Footnotes: SVR: how many "i" in Mississippi? I had no idea we had such artists on the team. Mrs C should be quite proud. Stretch: your arms are just right. SQ: What's the going rate for a dunk? MsB: your streak is intact! Thank you. Next home game: vs. St. John's Prep on Thursday, December 14.

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