Defensive Stance Keys Flippers Second Half Comeback Win
Stella Maris’ Varsity basketball team evened their overall record at 2-2 and improved their league record to 2-0 with a 71-57 victory at FontBonne Hall this past Wednesday. Stella found themselves down 35-29 at half time. SM considered this deficit an early Christmas present as they had dug a huge hole (15-2) for themselves late in the first quarter. The Blue and Gold came out and played sloppy and out-of-sync basketball. Much of that can be attributed to the small court size but some of that was also just being beat to the ball or spot.
Stella started to get on track half way through the second quarter as 6 players scored in the period alone. Alexa Rosella (10), Tara Gleason (6) and Kathleen Haggerty (5) led the way. So much is written about the first 4 minutes of the second half. How important it is to come out strong. SM did just that. They scored the first 3 baskets of the third to tie the score at 35.
With FH in a man defense the Lady Flippers were able to create driving lanes and take advantage. Sophomore Stephanie Van Rossem was the greatest benefactor on the offensive end as she scored 9 quarter points on dishes from Tara Gleason and Kathleen Haggerty. Melissa Hahn and Eliana Howell took control of the defensive boards and SM was off and running. By quarter’s end, SM was up 6 outscoring FH 25-13.
The fourth started with Michelle Santoro and Stephanie Quick keeping the pressure up on defense. Clare Carey hit a huge fastbreak layup that extended the Flipper’s lead to 10 for the first time. The next guard tandem of Tara Gleason and Dorothy LaBattaglia increased the defensive pressure a little more. Continued efforts under the board kept FH at bay as SM secured a tough on-the-road win.
SM was led by Alexa Rosella’s 21 points. Stella’s symbolic game ball goes to Kathleen Haggerty. Haggerty’s stats for the game included: 15 points, 5 assists, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.
Flipper Footnotes: thanks to so many Stella faithful for taking the trip and packing FH’s gym for us. Special thanks to alum Liz Jablonski, Maureen Carey, Erin Casey and Cat Rudden for being there. KH: what was that thing you called near the end of the game? Merry Christmas!