Stella Maris, BKHS Eliminated In Playoffs
By Elio Velez
Beware the Ides of March said the soothsayer to Julius Caesar in William Shakespare's famous play.
The Ides of March at least in the terms of what it meant to the Stella Maris Lady Flippers were that the omen of not playing well would result in misfortune.
And it so occurred on March 8 at Nazareth High School as St. Saviour eliminated the Lady Flippers from the Diocesan playoffs, 30-29. The
As the #1 seed in the Brooklyn/ Queens Diocsean playoffs, Stella Maris, who was looking to repeat as diocesan champions, had a lead for three quarters against St. Saviour, who was the #5 seed.
But the Lady Flippers missed on numerous chances to extend their 19-13 halftime lead. It gave St. Saviour, the fifth seed, who would eventually win the championship, the chance to take the lead.
With under a minute left in the game, Stella Maris had four opportunities to tie the game but could not convert.
"We played hard but not well. It was just two with a lot of respect for each other on the floor but St. Saviour deserved the win because we didn't get the job done," Gigliello said.
The Lady Flippers did do a goo job of stifling St. Saviuor's top two scorers, Rosemary Burke and Julia Morris to only 11 points combined.
But seniors Alexa Rosella and Tara Gleason would end their careers on the losing end. Stella Maris' goto scorers could only combine for 13 and 6 points respectively.
As a team, the Flippers missed 15 free throws which if they hit just a few, could have turned a narrow loss into a slight victory.
But misfortune would unfortunately slay the Flippers' season.
"I'd thought we'd score more points. We liked out defense, we've played well," Gigliello says. "I felt bad for Alexa and Tara because they wanted to get a championship game. They were shocked to not get there."
BKHS' Laterza Reminisces
It wasn't the way that Maria Laterza, the senior center from Bishop Kearney had wanted her season and her basketball career to end.
Mary Louis Academy had won the fourth and final game matchup both teams have played against each other, 50-40, in the semifinals of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan title on March 8 at St. Francis Prep.
Though Laterza scored 23 points, it wasn't enough for her Tigers to keep their season alive. Bishop Kearney had defeated Mary Louis a week earlier but the Hilltoppers got the final say.
"We knew what they were going to do but it really came down to our offense, and putting the ball the basket," Laterza said. "I felt they just did a better job of scoring than we did."
It was still an impressive season as Bishop Kearney won 20 games and for Laterza, her individual achievements included her 1,000 point milestone scored against Bishop Ford.
So the 6 foot 2 Laterza would move to Marist College and new opportunities. And she'll retain fond memories of such teammates like Caitlin Irwin and Michelle Kenel as she moves from her old home to a new one in the fall.
"This year was successful because we worked as a team. We've been playing AAU ball since we were eight years old and that brought a lot to the table," Laterza said. "It made life easier. We were a team and we knew how to solve problems that happened."