2008-03-07 / Sports

Kenel's High School Career Ends Against Falcons

By Elio Velez

Michelle Kenel (right) drives to the basket past Bishop Ford's Jamie Conroy. Photo by Ted Levin. Michelle Kenel (right) drives to the basket past Bishop Ford's Jamie Conroy. Photo by Ted Levin. Bishop Kearney High School senior Michelle Kenel didn't want her season to come to an end against Bishop Ford last Tuesday. In the quarterfinals of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan playoffs, she tried to will her shots into the basket.

Kenel's jumpers kept falling a bit short and the Tigers began to wilt as Bishop Ford executed on their second half surge. Jamie Conroy scored 15 points and Dawn Garcia added 14 points as the Falcons took control to secure a 59-46 victory.

The Tigers had felt confident they could compete. The #5 seed had competed with Bishop Ford in the regular season, only losing to their Brooklyn rivals by one point and four points in two games this season.

Bishop Ford, though, dominated in the second half after they took a 26-23 lead at halftime. A 16-3 run proved to be the Tigers' downfall as they were down 44-28 with 30 seconds to go in the third quarter.

"They didn't miss. They came out with big shots. We didn't get back on defense. They made us pay for everytime we didn't get back on defense," Kenel said.

Kenel and her teammate, senior guard Caitlin Irwin, both led the team in scoring as they kept the Tigers competitive this season, even though they finished with a7-18 overall record.

"They made us competitive in all of our games, especially in the CHSAA Division I level," Tigers head coach Cathy Crockett, a Breezy Point resident, said.

"I can say that no team that went against us said that they were going to definitely win today. Being competitive is all you can ask for with a team."

Rockaway local Norah Marley, a senior guard on Bishop Kearney, suddenly realized their season was over at the final buzzer.

"I guess {it's over} when we don't go to practice tomorrow and see each other every day."

Midwood Hornets' Michelle Cashen and Celeste Roberts have an opportunity to make one more statement on Saturday morning at York College.

The Rockaway residents will lead their team to the court at 11 a.m. to take on rival Thomas Jefferson Campus in the PSALAA quarterfinals.

The Hornets, which finished with the sixth seed, have the chance to once again upend their rival this season and advance to the semifinals.

Thomas Jefferson, which has moved up the AA Division after winning the PSAL A and B titles in successive seasons, lost its first regular season game to Midwood on December 19, 2007 by the score of 61- 58.

Cashen scored a team high 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Roberts scored six points and dished three assists in that victory. In the regular season, the Hornets finished second to Thomas Jefferson in the Brooklyn AA Group 2 Division with a 13-3 record.

Atotal of four games will be played at York College on Saturday. #2 seed McKee/Staten Island Tech battles #7 Manhattan Center at 1 p.m. and #4 seed John F. Kennedy will take on #5 seed South Shore at 3 p.m. Francis Lewis will have a tall order on their hands as the #8 seed will try to pull the upset of the year against #1 seed and defending PSAL AA city champion Murry Bergtraum at 5 p.m.

Stella Maris remains alive in the Brooklyn/ Queens CHSAA Junior Varsity playoffs. The Lady Flippers, the #3 seed in the Division II playoffs, earned a 49-33 victory over St. Saviour last Tuesday at St. Edmund Prep in Brooklyn.

Ashley Keane led the Lady Flippers in scoring with 12 points. Shannon O'Connor added 10 points for Stella Maris, who will take on #2 seed St. Edmund Prep in the semifinals at presstime.

"I think we're ready to win," an enthusiastic Ellen McDonagh, coach of the Stella Maris JV team, said.

If the Lady Flippers do advance to the championship, they will battle the winner of Fontbonne Hall or St. Joseph. The title game is scheduled to take place on Sunday at St. John's Prep in Astoria, Queens at 12 p.m.

The title game could be rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at St. John's Prep if Fontbonne Hall wins their semifinal matchup

With a 3-11 record in the regular season, the Stella Maris varsity team did not qualify for the Division II playoffs.

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