2008-02-29 / Sports

SFDS Novice Girls Clinch CYO Basketball Championship

In last Sunday's CYO Diocesan championship game at St. Margaret, St. Francis Novice girls Emma Michaels and Mary Ellen Woods led a 10-0 run in the second half that erased a two-point deficit and helped SFDS win the championship.

Fourth quarter steals by Erin Klein, Kerri Rose Brennan and Kayla Kilgallen were crucial in helping protect the lead as St. Francis beat St. Gabriel 23-14.

Prior to their championship win, last Saturday's semi-final against St. Adalbert was even more dramatic for the novice girls.

Trailing by three points with two minutes remaining, St. Francis scored 4 straight points to take the lead.

St. Adalbert countered with two free throws with 20 seconds left to tie the game as St. Francis was down to a final possession. Erin Klein's missed shot was rebounded by Kayla Kilgallen, whose putback was also off the mark.

SFDS' Serena Yanello corralled the rebound, and as time expired, her shot dropped through the net to give St. Francis the win and the berth in the championship.

Coach Randy Neiswenter and the entire team are to be congratulated for a tremendous season. The other members of the team are: Cassie Moriarty, Taylor Vegh, Kim Sluyk, Jenna Tipaldo, Emma Knox, Courtney Blum, Julia Carey, Meredith Connelly and Kayla Rayder.

The Pee Wee Gold and the Bantams were not as fortunate, losing tough games to Our Lady of Hope. Lauren Guidarelli scored 6 points and Shannon Rochelle added 4 for the Pee Wees. The Pee Wee Gold defense was great, led by the quick hands and lightning speed of Therese Gallagher. Jenna McCann had many blocked shots. Ryan Ward, Allison Tipaldo, Caroline Collins, Kaitlin Courtney and Jackie Gallagher were also excellent on defense.

On the boys' side, the Rookies beat Our Lady of Hope, and the Intermediates fell to Our Lady of the Angelus. The Bantams had the weekend off.

The Novice boys warmed up after a cold start to pull away from St. Joseph for a 48-21 win. Bard Featherston poured in 18 points and Charles Gavigan added 8. Tommy Morgan ran the big-man offense and Conor Ryan dominated on the boards.

The Pee Wee Gold and Pee Wee Blue were, unfortunately, matched against each other in the first round. They played their second one-point thriller of the week with the Gold pulling out a 17-16 win. Mark Butigian's two-point basket with 5 seconds remaining gave the Gold team the victory.

The Gold had rallied from a 12-1 halftime deficit with the help of John Boyle, who scored 10 points. Eoin Reen scored 2 points and Butigian finished with 5.

James McElhatton led the Blue with 6 points, Matt Erhard and Christian Apice added 4, and Ryan Moran scored 2.

In their previous game, the Blue prevailed 14-13 as Brian Ostrander sliced to the basket for 6 points and Matt Erhard played incredible defense. John Boyle had 5 points, Eoin Reen scored 4 and Alex Goldberg's 3 points came on yet another buzzer beater from just inside half court.

The CYO playoffs continue this weekend along with action in the St. Joseph, St. Thomas, St. Cecelia and St. Mary Gate of Heaven tournaments. In addition, the SFDS program will also compete in the Peggy Boyle Tournament.

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