SFDS CYO Girls Triumph To Advance To Final Four
The Girls Diocesan playoffs were contested this past weekend with spots in the quarterfinals at stake. The weekend was a rousing success for St. Francis. The Novice girls triumphed over St. Luke as all five starters-Casey McDade, Therese Boyle, Daisy Trusttum, Meaghan King, and Meghan Atwood scored. The key though was the 9 points that Aimee McManus and Samantha Scaccia combined for off the bench.
The Bantams won twice, rallying from an 8 pt halftime deficit to beat St. Mary Winfield 30-23, followed by a 25-15 win over Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Taylor Butigian scored 15 of her 18 in the second half to lead the comeback against St. Mary. Lynn Rayder controlled the boards, and Marissa Scotto, Regina Paskoff, and Lisa Pulkoski turned up the D. Butigian had 8 and Rayder 5 against OLMC while Erin Blum, Athena McDonald-Smith, Patricia Buell, and Kristin Henschel supplemented the attack.
The Intermediates continued their postseason Phoenix-like rise (the bird and the Suns) rolling past Our Lady of Lourdes 60-33 behind a total team effort. The Pee Wee A's and Rookies had already reached the quarterfinals. Saturday's schedule at Our Lady of Lourdes begins at 2:30 with the Pee Wees facing St. Mary Winfield. The Rookies are at 3:45 against St. Thomas Apostle. The Intermediates write the final chapter of their six year rivalry with Gate of Heaven at 5:00 and the Novices wrap the day at 6:15 against Our Lady of Snows. The Bantams wait until Sunday for a 2:00 game against St. Margaret at Corpus Christi.
Winners will advance to the Diocesan Final Four on 2/24-25.
The older boys' teams traveled to South Windsor, CT and once again took three out of four. The Intermediates began the day with the best game, a 51-50 victory that was secured by the clutch play of James Mercer in the final minutes. The Rookies rallied from a double digit deficit but fell short by 3. Pat Kilgallen excelled throughout the game and Robert Peters was a yeoman in the paint but it was not enough. The Bantams rolled to an easy win after a slow start and the Novices finished with a 40-33 win.
In CYO play, the Pee Wee A's beat St. Helen 32-12. Jimmy Howard, Tommy Morgan, and George Baroudas led the offense. Chris Ray, Kevin McDonagh, and Jake Hollander starred on defense. The Pee We B's won twice. Michael Tammaro returned from his knee injury against St. Mary Winfield and played tough defense while also providing a strong presence under the basket. Jordan Asbury, Joe Brown, John Whelan, and Matt Savastano were among the many who scored. Michael Urban, Michael Barna, and Brendan Lazo provided stellar defense.
Another win the following day over OLMM was best illustrated by a 15 ft jumper by Anthony Scotto off a beautiful pass by Bard Featherston. This typified their play that day with Luke Gersh and Augie Ameruso augmenting the offense and Ryan Hoffman and Thomas Baldrian sweeping the defensive boards.
The Novices also notched a win at St. Rose. The Bantams won 26-20 at Gate of Heaven with Jimmy Wolfer's two three pointers bringing them back, and Kevin Caputo's three sealing it. The Rookies traveled to Holy Child on Super Bowl Sunday only to be jilted once again by their hosts. The Intermediates won makeup games at Our Lady of Grace and against Nativity.
Four games are on tap at SFDS on Saturday and three on Sunday but the real action is at Our Lady of Lourdes on Springfield Blvd and 91st Avenue in Queens Village. Be there Saturday, ready to cheer on the SFDS girls as they reach for the Final Four.