2009-02-06 / Sports

SFDS Girls Make Big Winning Baskets In CYO Playoffs

The Girls CYO Basketball playoffs are underway. The SFDS Pee Wee Girls defeated St. Luke in the quarter finals, 24-10. Once again, the SFDS aggressive half court defense set the tone for the game by causing repeated turnovers as soon as St. Luke crossed the mid-court line. Maria DiCarlo, Lauren Marten, Nicole Gibson, and Devin Gavigan set the pace defensively, but the offense struggled and the halftime score was 8-5.

That changed in the third quarter as SFDS went on a 12-1 run, led by Courtney McCool's six points. Great plays by Keira Walsh, Megan Twomey, Emma Meade and Kate Neiswenter helped to seal the victory. Mollie Kuhlman and Megan Gigliello played strong at forward both offensively and defensively. The girls' semi final game at St. Pancreas will be on Sunday, February 8 at 2:15 p.m.

The Novice girls defeated Monastery in their opening playoff game by the score of 38-17. The girls had a season high point total led by Lauren Peters with 14 points. The girls had nice balanced scoring as 9 players hit the scoring sheet. Kathryn Gibson, Jenna McCann, Emily Carlton, and Lauren Guidarelli chipped in with 4 points apiece. The semi-final is this Sunday, 3:15 p.m., at St. Gregory against St. Mary Gate of Heaven.

The Bantams were not as fortunate. Our Lady of Hope got off to a good start and never looked back as they defeated the SFDS girls by a final score of 26- 12. This loss knocked the girls out of the playoffs and killed any hope of repeating as the Queens champions. A basket by Emma Knox at the end of the first half gave the girls something to build on. However, the shorter, but quicker Hope girls, continued to make their shots and pull away. The SFDS girls played as hard as they could and gave it 100 percent but the ball just wouldn't find the basket.

Missed shots and opportunities did the girls in, but the effort was certainly there. Kerri Brennan and Cassie Moriarty had a very good game and the hustle of other girls like Julia Carey, Erin Klein, Taylor Vegh, Kayla Kilgallen, Mary Ellen Woods, Erika Sorenson, Courtney Blum and Serena Yannello should not go unnoticed.

Special thanks go to Coach Maureen Gigliello for her time and effort and also to John Blum and Dee Dee Klein.

The Rookie girls played hard and scored well, but even with all of their hard work and defensive moves they could not pull it off.

Our Lady of Lourdes won the game and we wish them well in the rest of the playoffs.

The Intermediate girls faced off against a much improved St. Rose of Lima squad on Thursday last week. SFDS had an uneven game but was able to pull out the win, 28-20. Regina Paskoff and Kaelin Rivera were strong on defense. Taylor Butigian contributed offensively.

The St. Francis girls faced Our Lady of Grace in their second playoff match of the week. The SFDS girls were a commanding force on the court, playing what arguably could have been their best game of the year.

The girls' passing was sharp and their shooting was strong. Every team member contributed to the offense with baskets coming from all players on both the outside as well as underneath. The defense was tremendous, causing multiple turnovers and converting those into points as St. Francis won commandingly, 58- 12.

St. Francis will face Blessed Trinity on Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi. The semi-final is scheduled for Sunday, 5:45 p.m. at St. Gregory.

As the SFDS Boys Blue Sub-Novice team season is winding down, this team continues to play outstanding basketball. Against their toughest opponent to date, St. Adalbert, SFDS Blue had their most complete team effort to date, with all 15 players contributing in different ways.

Matty Ostrander (6 points) and Joe O'Connor (4 points) led the way in scoring. Nicholas Muldoon and Michael Edwards played very good defense. Also scoring for SFDS Blue in this game were Timmy Connolly, Robbie Rose, David Gavinovich and Griffin Skammel.

In SFDS' next game against Sacred Heart, Timmy Connolly dominated the opposition with 8 points and grabbed many rebounds. John Moran and Robbie Rose also chipped in with 6 points apiece. Next up was Our Lady of Grace, a team that had a great size advantage over SFDS. However, this did not stop or even slow down SFDS. Playing with speed and showing their outstanding passing abilities, John Moran (10 points) and Matty Ostrander (4 points) led SFDS on this day. Riley Siederman (4 points), Robbie Rose (3 points), John Fabrizzo and Chris Quagliariello also played very well.

Teddy Stathis, with 14 points, led the Boys Pee Wee Gold to a very impressive win over St. Stans (Ozone Park). Stathis scored six of his 14 points in the second quarter to give SFDS a 6-point lead at halftime. With Matt Coletta, Mario Cimino and Jack Watt controlling the boards, St. Stans for a majority of the game only got one shot. James Carlton and Dominic Savino applied pressure on the point guard and forced them to turn the ball over.

St Francis won this important matchup, 18-13, and is looking to finish the season against St. Patrick of Brooklyn. The Novice boys have won two impressive games in a row over St. Mary Gate of Heaven and at Sacred Heart of Glendale.

SFDS Bantams avenged their only regular season loss by defeating St. Adalbert, 43-35, in the rematch. Bard Featherston led all scorers with 17 points, including hitting 4 for 4 free throws. John Whelan scored 7 points. Anthony Scotto and Chris Ray made huge scoring contributions when the game was in doubt; each had 4 points. Charles Gavigan and Jimmy Howard were outstanding in defense.

While this year's trip to South Windsor, Connecticut was cancelled due to the snowstorm on January 10, the series will resume when the boys from Connecticut come to Belle Harbor on February 14. The day will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the Bantam game followed by the Rookies at 4:45, Novice at 6:00 and Intermediates at 7:00 p.m.

The weekend of February 21-22 will be very busy with the start of Boys CYO playoffs, the Girls CYO Diocesan Championships, and the beginning of the 11th Annual Peggy Boyle Tournament at St. Francis de Sales. A great field of teams is anticipated once again to compete. More details next week in The Wave.

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