SFDS Hits Last Second Shot In CYO Victory
It was a relatively quiet weekend with many teams off, but those in action made a lot of noise. Perhaps none was bigger than the exhilarating win by the Girls Pee Wee A. St. Francis lightning has now struck twice in a row.
The game was a defensive struggle with SFDS leading throughout until Hope stole the ball and scored to take the lead with just under one minute remaining. Then in a replay of their previous game, Courtney Blum stole the ball with 5 seconds remaining and raced down the floor. Her shot with 1.2 seconds remaining went through the net as the buzzer sounded and the St. Francis gym erupted in celebration of the victory.
Blum's shot capped an excellent team effort.
Erin Klein and Kerri Rose Brennan controlled the ball. Cliona Smith swept the boards. Erica Sorenson, Meredith Connelly, Kayla Rayder, and Lisa Pellegrini exhibited strong defensive play while Mary Ellen Woods made a number of key steals and baskets.
The Boys Pee Wee A found themselves down 6 at the half against Gate of Heaven. Then Connor Ryan got hot and Jimmy Howard took control of the boards and St. Francis rallied to a convincing 23-13 win.
They followed with an easy win over St. Helen behind the strong defense of Tommy Morgan and Michael Newman, and the offensive contributions of John Meringolo and Jimmy Howard. The Boys Subnovice A traveled to OLPH where their hosts were shorthanded and so recruited a few 5th graders so a game could be played. The younger SFDS squad acquitted itself well with scoring coming from Alex Goldberg, John Boyle, Ryan Olsen, and Mark Butigian.
The Rookie Boys split a pair. Ian Clayman played hard under the basket and his effort was matched on defense by Kevin Cregan, Liam Ryan, and Nick McElhatton in a win over St. Virgilius. A showdown with St. Benedict Joseph followed. St. Francis played possibly their best game of the year, particularly on defense.
Chris Tsatsis was a machine in the paint and Danny Donohue and Ryan Meade were connecting from downtown. Pat Kilgallen excelled on both sides of the court and Kevin Cregan hit Donohue on a beautiful exchange. Alas, it was not enough in the end as St. Benedict pulled out the win 45-39.
The boys are hopeful of a rematch in the Diocesan championship. The Rookie girls were not as happy. After running out to a 12-2 lead at Our Lady of Grace, they gave it all back. The failure to convert layups and free throws then became their undoing as they lost for the first time this season. Coach Boyle is hopeful this will break their catharsis and focus them for the upcoming playoffs.
The girls are in their final weekend of the regular season before beginning playoffs on January 27. A full slate is on at the St. Francis gym this weekend including a Saturday appearance by the cheerleaders.
See you there.