2009-01-09 / Sports

Things Start To Look Up For Victorious Flippers

By Elio Velez

Murphy's Law says, "If anything can go wrong, it will."

That most certainly applied to the circumstances that happened to the Stella Maris Lady Flippers last season in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division II. Coach Maureen Gigliello watched injuries and bad luck contribute to a miserable 5-15 season for her Lady Flippers.

This season, the Flippers are trying to erase the recent forgettable past with victories to boost their confidence, which happened in their home opener last Wednesday night.

Senior guard Stephanie Quick and freshman guard Ashley Raaf scored 10 points each as Stella Maris defeated Catherine McAuley, 46-40.

Stella Maris has won three in a row which is a good start but Gigliello remains cautiously optimistic.

There were times she wasn't happy when the Lady Flippers were sloppy with the ball and had seen their 11- point fourth quarter lead almost go up in smoke. But Raaf, only the fourth freshman to start in the varsity in the 14 years Gigliello has coached the team, scored back-to-back buckets to increase the lead to 46-36 with two minutes remaining in the game.

"We made enough mistakes to fill the Atlantic Ocean but they're learning. They have to have a shaky confidence because of what happened last year," Gigliello said.

Raaf, who is only the fourth freshman to start on the varsity in Gigliello's career, says the team will eventually curb their mistakes.

"We're going to be a good team. We're 3-1 and we'll play good defense make shots and pass the ball."

Slowly but surely, Gigliello says the Flippers will get it.

"I'm finding that everyone, though they make mistakes, will do something to try to make it happen. I have six seniors but they're a young team because they didn't win last year," Gigliello said. "It's better to be 3-1 and win ugly than be 0-4 and struggling."

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