2007-01-12 / Sports

High School Roundup: Teams Win With 'D'

By Elio Velez

One of the more positive aspects for the Bishop Kearney High School Lady Tigers this year has been their high scoring average. But playing basketball is not just about scoring two points and Tigers coach and Breezy Point native Cathy Crockett noticed her team wasn't putting the same effort on defense against Archbishop Molloy.

Calling a timeout after falling behind 7-0 to start the game, Crockett reminded her team that defense is just as important. It was a little reminder that went a long way as the Tigers stormed back and won 53-36 in a Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA girls' league basketball game on January 10.

"I told them that our goal is to shutdown their offense. Let that be the goal," Crockett said.

After shutting down the Stanners on defense, the Tigers (9-1) went to work from the outside as Caitlin Irwin knocked down seven three-pointers for 28 points and Caitlin Marshall also connected on 3 three-pointers.

Beach Channel had three players in double figures as they easily routed the young and inexperienced Springfield Gardens 73-44 in a PSAL Queens 'AA" boys' league game on January 9.

Devon Saxon poured in 19 points, Brian Baker scored 12 points and Dayvon Washington added 11 for the Dolphins, who improved their record to 7-3. Springfield Gardens fell to 0-9.

Many experts didn't believe the Midwood Lady Hornets could bounce back easily from the departure of heralded all-city point guard Melanie Murphy, who is currently at Stanford University.

Don't count them out just yet as playoff contenders because a trio of Rockaway players has led the Hornets to a 6-0 start and first place in the PSAL Brooklyn 'AA" Division. Megan McKenna and Michelle Cashen have each averaged 12 points per game while guard Celeste Roberts has brought energy and defense to the Lady Hornets.

Close But No Cigar

Far Rockaway Seahorses men's coach Chris Frazier hasn't had a lot to celebrate this season. But for one quarter against Hillcrest on Wednesday, the Seahorses were up 20-5 and could be giddy for once.

Then the bottom fell out and Hillcrest would climb back and hand the Seahorses their tenth consecutive loss of the season with a 75-66 win at Far Rockaway High School. Frazier says it was the best performance his Seahorses (0-10, Queens 'A') have shown all year and the continued improvement will pay off eventually with a win.

"We weren't used to being up by that much. We saw we can play well and it's matter of me continuing to teach that to our team for the entire game," Frazier said.

Francis Lewis (5-3) put away a determined host Beach Channel Lady Dolphins (2-6) squad, 60-45, in a PSAL Queens 'AA' girls' contest on Wednesday. Christ the King defeated The Mary Louis Academy , 69-59 in Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA girls' league play on January 8.

The Royals improved to 7-3 overall and the Mary Louis Academy suffered their first loss of the year for an 8-1 record. St. Camillus graduates Tiffanie and Kelly Carman are on the TMLA roster..

Christ the King's junior forward Ryan Pearson will be playing at the biggest stage in New York City on Sunday afternoon. His Royals will be participating in the Nike Super Six Invitational at 1 p.m. against Wings Academy at Madison Square Garden.

Darius Gabriel will return to the city with Winchendon Prep (MA) as they take on Laurinburg of North Carolina in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at Baruch College. For more information, about the three day tournament which involves teams from around the nation, go to www.bigapplebasketball.com

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