2008-01-11 / Sports

Stella Maris Wins Ugly; Dolphins Beat Bayside

By Elio Velez

Stephanie Quick found the energy in the second half to forcenumerous St. Edmund Prep ball handlers into making turnovers.

Quick had seven steals in the half, but capitalizing on those turnovers and converting them into points for Stella Maris was becoming a bit of a problem.

They missed layups and numerous free throws. But whatever Stella Maris did convert on the scoreboard was enough to hold off St. Edmund. Eliana Howell scored a team high 16 points as the Lady Flippers won 49-45 at home last Monday evening.

The positives for the Lady Flippers were that they played strong defense and drove to the basket. The negatives almost outweighed the positives. Missing 25 free throws and committing turnovers on their end allowed St. Edmund to stay in the game.

Howell scored six consecutive points and Stella Maris had their largest lead at 47-40 with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Bianca Inserillio (22 points) cut the lead to 47-45 but she was forced out of bounds by Quick with ten seconds left to play.

Though they return eight players, the Lady Flip - pers are searching for points as they make up for the losses of career 1,000 point scorer Alexa Rosella and of point guard Tara Gleason, who both graduated.

Winning ugly could become the mantra this season for Stella Maris, who improved to 2-3 overall in Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA Division II.

But head coach Maureen Gigliello would like to eventually win games that don't cause her too much agita.

"They're figuring it out. It's not that we're young, we're inexperienced," Gigliello said.

"We let them hang around but it'll come. We're very ugly but we won ugly. I'd rather win ugly. We got to get a little prettier but at least we won."

Beach Channel 49; Bayside 45

The Dolphins have had their fair share of pain and woes in the PSAL Queens AA this season.

But boys head coach Jim Malone has kept the faith in trying to teach and mold his team into a competitive squad.

And the first signs that an upswing in fortunes may start to occur came last Tuesday afternoon. Beach Channel made a crucial late fourth quarter comeback on the road and defeated Bayside High School, 49-45, last Tuesday afternoon.

Beach Channel found the means to improve their record to 2-9 while Bayside fell to 6-5.

"That was gratifying. We played some defense and we were patient," Malone said about his team's performance late in the fourth quarter. "We made stops on each possession."

Despite the disparity in records, the Dolphins hung tough. Down six points with 2 minutes left in the fourth, Beach Channel used defense and scored some timely buckets on the other end.

Tightening down on defense led to a Beach Chan - nel possession on the offensive end. Christopher Thomp son scored the tying basket on a three-point play to make it 45 all.

Thompson, who scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, then capitalized on the other end with a layup to take a 47-45 lead.

Bayside continued their cold shooting and had to foul Beach Channel guard Yaquis Moss with four seconds left on the clock. Moss calmly connected on both free throws to add to his total of 19 points as the Dolphins sealed their second win of the year.

After going 12-6 in 2007 and appearing in the citywide playoffs, Beach Channel has encountered some difficulties this year with an inexperienced crew.

Malone, who has coached 18 years at the school, says it's been a hard adjustment coaching a team without experienced players that provide stability and leadership on the floor. They're also smaller and less physical than in years past.

Slowly but surely, Malone believes they are making strides. Thompson, who leads the team in scoring and rebounds and Moss, who hit three 3-pointers in the win, have shown progress in the last few games.

Malone has said that before the end of the season, his team will be much improved from the beginning of the season.. Hopefully, the Dolphins continue to keep his promise.

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