2008-02-01 / Sports

SFDS Girls Advance In CYO Basketball Playoffs

The regular season finished and the Diocesan playoffs began for the St. Francis de Sales girls this weekend. It was a great success with every team advancing.

The Pee Wee Blue wrapped up their season with a 15-8 win over Our Lady of Hope as Lauren Peers scored 6 points and Kathryn Gibson added 4 points. Gabby Breen, Emily Carlton, Justine Twomey, and Brynn Nagle excelled on defense.

The Blue then beat St. Andrews to advance to a quarterfinal game against St. Mary Gate of Heaven this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Martin Luther High School.

The Pee Wee Gold took on St. Stans and survived, 10-5, as Shannon Rochelle scored 4 points and Caitlin Drury, Lauren Guidarelli, and Jenna McCann each had 2 points apiece, but the key was the defense of Therese Gallagher. They follow the Blue at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Luther with a game against St. Margaret with the winner playing St. Joseph in a Sunday quarterfinal, also at Martin Luther at 12:00 p.m.

The Novices lost their season finale to Gate of Heaven, 14-12 in overtime but rebounded to upend St. Stans 19-12 in their playoff opener.

Serena Yanello played a great game by picking up the slack for her injured pal, Cassie Moriarty. Mary Ellen Woods was a key performer in the Novices' win. They go against Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday at Gate of Heaven.

The Bantams are back on a roll finishing the regular season with wins over St. Adalbert and OLA. They matched up with St. Adalbert again in the playoffs and easily advanced to this Saturday's quarterfinal against St. Helen at 2:00 p.m. at Gate of Heaven.

The Rookies rolled past Our Lady of Lourdes and now face their longtime rivals St. Thomas More at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at Martin Luther HS.

The Intermediates completed their season with a 28-23 win over St. Stans as Bridget Klein and Jackie Gillen led the come from behind victory. They then dug themselves a 10-1 hole to start their playoff game against St. Pancras but rallied to tie the game. After some key timeouts by Coach Conroy, the girls went on a final spurt to win the game, 28-23.

Casey Collins scored 12 points and Ashley Raaf added eight with Deirdre Munday setting up both with some beautiful passes. Bridget Klein and Erin Nuszer took some for the team as the game turned physical. Their path remains challenging as they meet OLQM on Saturday at 5:15 at Gate of Heaven and then face a strong squad from Sts. Joachim and Ann at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday at Martin Luther High School.

The boys' season still has two weekends remaining. The Intermediates bounced back from a loss to Gate of Heaven to beat Nativity 48-22.

The Intermediates were led by Jonathan Maranga, who scored 12 points, Kevin Cregan added 11 points, and Billy Buckley and Liam Ryan each chipped in with six.

The Rookies split beating OLG on Saturday and then losing to St. Thomas Apostle on Sunday as half the team was engaged in the Diocesan swimming championship.

The Bantams racked up four wins in the last two weeks beating St. Stans, Nativity, St. Thomas More and Gate of Heaven. Gate led 26-25 with seconds remaining as Dylan Evans calmly made two free throws to give St. Francis the lead.

Niall Reen added another free throw and Dennis Barnes added a basket off a steal for the final 30-26 margin.

The Novices continued to roll with a few wins. The Pee Wee Gold beat St. Helen and St. Thomas More before losing a heartbreaker to Gate of Heaven.

The Pee Wee Blue lost a tough one to St. Stans, 21- 18, despite 6 points from Matt DeCrescenzo and 4 each from Ryan Moran and Johnny O'Connor.

The Subnovice Gold had a couple of good games highlighted by the scoring of Peter Tuffey, defense of Matt Schonfeld, rebounding of Ben Edwards, and the strong play of Chris Moore at both ends.

Hopefully it will be an excellent Big Blue weekend for SFDS and the New York Giants!

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