Lady Flippers Shine With Victory On Senior Night
If you were lucky enough to be in Stella Maris' gym last Tuesday consider yourself accounted for! Family, friends, students and faculty packed the Lady Flippers home court to bid a fond farewell to six super senior varsity basketball players.
The pre-game ceremony consisted of many laughs and even more tears as the school took a day and said thank you for a job well done.
And then there was a game. With emotions running on premium octane, the Blue and Gold needed a win over St. Agnes to keep pace with Brooklyn- Queens Division II counterparts Bishop Loughlin and St. Saviour.
A victory would force a three-way tie for second and a loss would drop the Lady Flippers into fourth place.
The St. Agnes Angels entered a building whose roof was ready to explode and played with tremendous grace under extreme pressure.
In an earlier matchup, SM had defeated Agnes 61-40. But this night, the Angels had their own agenda. At halftime, SM was up 30-27 and many were in foul trouble. SM scored the first 5 points of the third quarter and the game seemed to be going in the home team's direction.
Then things sputtered as the Flippers found themselves unable to convert on easy baskets and the rebounding came to a halt. Agnes went on an 8-2 run to end the quarter and had cut the lead to 2.
Both teams seemed to falter again to start the fourth. Many missed opportunities on both sides led to a tight but sloppy game. In the final few minutes SM was able to secure the rebounding edge and hung on the get the 46-42 victory.
The leading scorer for the game was Stephanie Quick with 26 points. That is a career high for Quick, whose 7- three pointers also broke the school record of 6 in one game, which had been previously held by four others including Ellen Cahill McDonagh. McDonagh is also a former 1,000 point scorer for SM and now is in her second season coaching the junior varsity team.
Underclasswomen who paid tribute to their seniors were Ashley Raaf, Jennifer Miller and KerryClare Gleason. The senior team members are Co-Captain Melissa Hahn, Co-Captain Eliana Howell, Dorothy LaBattaglia, Stephanie Van Rossem, Michelle Santoro and Captain Stephanie Quick.
Flipper footnotes: Varsity will play St. Saviour Friday night in a tie breaking game (site and time still undetermined). The JV team placed third in division play and has set their eyes on their own playoffs.
Thanks to all the parents and spectators who made Tuesday possible.
SM faculty and administration: the BEST in the world! Mrs. F: THANKS so much and we missed you at dinner. And speaking of dinner: The Harbor Light and their entire staff, once again, came through and topped off a great night for the seniors, their parents and coaches. All went home very full, very tired and very appreciative.
One last thing, to paraphrase: seniors do not go quiet into that deep night. Rage, rage, rage!