2007-02-02 / Sports

Flippers On Court Lessons Translation Into League Wins

Stella Maris'Varsity basketball team continues to learn lessons the hard way. But they are learning and improving as they go. Most times. The Lady Flippers dropped their second league game to St. Saviour, 46-32. Once again, multiple mental lapses plus a worthy opponent combined with a smaller court doomed the young squad.

Next came St. Edmunds on Jan. 18th at SM. The final score of 49-41 does not tell even part of the story here. With the score tied at 7 all, SM players and fans watched as senior Alexa Rosella turned her ankle and hobbled off the court. She watched as her younger teammates stepped up and won the second quarter 14 to 12 with considerable hard work and effort. Rosella did return and led all scorers with 20.

A non-league loss to Long Beach High School (53-48) was marred with poor second and third quarters on both sides of the ball. The fourth quarter held promise for the team. Depleted by injuries (Hahn, Carey and Gleason) and foul trouble (Rosella) the Flippers mustered an attack to close within 2 with 45 seconds to go. Long Beach answered and left with the win.

Now, to this past Wednesday's game when SM hosted St. Agnes. With much to prove once again Stella took the game 65-45. Led by the inside/out tandem of seniors Tara Gleason and Alexa Rosella SM took the first and last quarters by a score of 39-9. Gleason and Rosella led all scorers with 18 apiece.

After all of this activity, SM finds themselves at 8-5 overall and in second place with a league record of 7-2.

Flipper Footnotes: There is not enough tape, wound dressing or icy hot to go around. Thanks to Mrs. B for the ride to Nazareth. The ref truly appreciated the cough drops Ms B. EH: throooow the ball. MH: head up, no money on the floor. Pay up on the foul shots, senior day coming. CC hang in there kiddo. TG glad the rest worked. Next game at home vs FH on Friday at 6 p.m.

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