2009-01-16 / Sports

New Year Restarts SFDS Participation In CYO Basketball

The New Year is here and the CYO Basketball season has resumed.

The SFDS Pee Wee girls remain undefeated. They collected their tenth victory of the season against St. Rose of Lima. Great defensive play allowed Maria DiCarlo to start the scoring attack in the first quarter by tossing in six points. Crisp passing and execution helped Megan Gigliello, Molly Breslin, Nicole Gibson and Emma Meade to pour in four points each. Devin Gavigan and Mollie Kuhlman each added a bucket.

Kate Neiswenter and Keira Walsh controlled the boards against a much taller St. Rose. Great all around play by Megan Twomey and Lauren Marten sealed the victory.

This week, SFDS Pee Wee girls kept their unbeaten streak alive with an 11-5 victory over Our Lady of Hope. St Francis struggled offensively against the taller Hope team, managing only four points in the first half.

Once again, SFDS's aggressive defense proved to be the decisive factor in the game. DiCarlo, Gibson and Gavigan pressured the ball at half court causing turnovers while Breslin, Courtney McCool and Walsh controlled the paint. Offensively, Marten, Meade, and Gigliello scored. Kuhlman, Twomey and Neiswenter all had good all around games.

The novice girls, fresh from playing five games in the Sacred Heart Christmas Tourney, on Saturday avenged two prior losses to Our Lady of Hope (one last week in the tournament), by edging them 17-15 in overtime.

The girls, led by the scoring of Kathryn Gibson, had a 4 point lead entering the fourth quarter. But with St. Francis down 1 with 8 seconds left, Jenna McCann hit the first of two at the line to force overtime. In the extra session, it was McCann again who would hit the game winner with just under a minute left.

The girls continued their winning ways defeating Sacred Heart 23-12 on Sunday. The offensive charge was led by Tess Gallagher, Shannon Rochelle, Kathryn Gibson, and great play off the bench from Justine Twomey, Fran Castellano and Emily Carlton.

They are 11-2 in the CYO league and 14-4 overall.

Led by the excellent all around play by Kayla Kilgallen, the SFDS Bantams won over Blessed Trinity 18-14. Taylor Veigh started the team off with

nice running one-hander to give SFDS the early lead. Julia Carey had

key basket in the third quarter to give SFDS a 3-point lead.

Other offensive contributors were Mary Ellen Woods and Serena Yannello with big fourth quarter baskets. Good aggressive play by Erin Klein ,Courtney Blum and Erica Soenson and key rebounding by Emma Knox kept Blessed Trinity from climbing back into the game.

On January 11, the team played St. Adalbert hard, but lost 27-24. It was a very exciting game. St. Francis was down by 11 points after the third quarter, but came back and scored 10 points in the fourth. The SFDS defense held their opponents to only one basket in the last quarter.

Woods threw up a 3- pointer at the buzzer but it hit the front of the rim and bounced out. The scoring was led by Yannello with other offensive contributions by Kayla Kilgallen, Cassie Moriarty, Taylor Vegh and Emma Knox. Some aggressive defense lead by Klein and Blum, held the game close in the fourth quarter.

On the boys' side, the Pee Wee Blue beat St. Pancras 18 - 16. Billy Mc Donnell and Peter Tuffey led the scoring as the two teams exchanged the lead throughout the game. The boards were controlled by Ben Edwards and Dylan Carey as the tenacious defense of Jimmy Lunny and Mike Sullivan set the stage for late heroics by John Machado. With the game tied and only fifteen seconds remaining, Machado sank a long jumper that accounted for the margin of victory.

The Pee Wee Gold started the New Year with two impressive wins. The first challenge came from Our Lady of Grace. SFDS never trailed in the game but could not put it out of the reach of OLG. Teddy Stathis lead all scorers with 8 points followed by Matt Coletta, Andrew O'Sullivan, James Carlton, Matt Meade and Dominic Savino. The next opponent for SFDS was a taller St. Margaret team. The tough defense and strong board control by Mario Cimino, Jack Watt and Andrew O'Sullivan kept St. Margaret from getting more than one offensive shot. Stathis again led all scores with 8 points followed by James McFadden, Kyle Hoffman, Matt Coletta and James Carlton

The Subnovice Gold played a good game by showing a cooperative effort at St. Helen. Kenny Dean led with 6 points. Joe Allesandro and TJ Powderly scored 3 points. David Hanrahan, Liam Howley and Aidan Donahue each had 2 points. Chris De- Marco chipped in with a point.

The Novice boys won easily over Holy Child. SFDS Bantams defeated a resurgent St. Stan's 27-23. Bard Featherston was high scorer with 9 points. Garrett Murnan had 4. Tommy Morgan made critical rebounds in a tight game. The Intermediates traveled to OLPH and returned with a win and then dug out from an 8 point halftime deficit to beat Blessed Trinity on Sunday.

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