Stella Maris' Basketball Youngsters Improve In Three Game Win Streak
Stella Maris' Varsity Basketball team went 3-1, improving their overall record to 5-3. The defeat, SM's first league loss in near 2 years and spanning over 20 contests, will hopefully prove a wake up call for the young squad.
Over the Christmas break, Stella defeated Mount St. Ursula 44-32. Down 6-0, SM went on a 26-5 run and never really looked back. It was the Flipper's first non-league win in almost 4 years. (Historically, the team "plays up" in non-league contests: the aim being to play better in league competition). Note the word AIM.
That was not to be the case at St. Agnes the following Saturday. Scoring a mere 20% from inside the key can never be a good thing. Couple that with poor defensive and rebounding efforts and you have the perfect storm. Still, the opposing team needs to capitalize and that is just what St. Agnes did. A strong, consistent effort led SA to 59-47 win over Stella.
With much to prove, to themselves and their coaches, SM to the court at home against St. John's Prep this past Tuesday. All seemed fine as the Flippers took the quick lead at 11-0. But bad habits are the toughest to break. Too many turnovers, lackadaisical defense and no rebounding opened yet another door for an opposing team.
SJP came through and led by halftime 35-33. By the end of the third, SM had tied the game at 45. The fourth started much better for the home White. Three quick baskets off steals gave some breathing room. Another push and SM saw the lead grow to 12. Again SM opened a door for SJP but this time they were able to close it. SM by 8, 68-60. Alexa Rosella led all scorers with 34 points.
And then SM traveled to Catherine McAuley. McAuley, experiencing one of their best seasons in many years entered the game at 5-0. With a small court, close confines, enough school spirit to fill MSG, SM missing starter Kathleen Haggerty and having lost to SA: McAuley had victory in their minds. Up 16 at half and playing well (although a bit anxious) SM seemed to relying on senior Alexa Rosella to carry the load (24 first half points).
The third brought with it that offensive stalemate the team suffers through as they scored just 4 points. This time, the defense held as McA scored only 10. The teams traded baskets in the last quarter as Stella Maris went on to capture a 58-49 victory.
But the most promising aspect for SM was that 3 rookies Clare Carey, Eliana Howell and Stephanie Quick accounted for 10 of those points. Game high scorer was Alexa Rosella (28) and Stephanie Quick added 11.
Flipper Footnotes: KH I bet you never thought you would want to see a dentist so bad in your entire life. Mrs. F, thanks for the company and the water. McA was crowded but did I really see who I thought I saw there? Can anyone explain that to me? SQ: you can score. AR: that foot will have to fall off for you to come off! Next home game:
Thursday 1/18 vs SE at 6 pm.