SFDS Novice Girls Stop Gate Of Heaven To Reach Championship
It was good news for the SFDS Novice girls as they won their semifinal basketball game, defeating Gate of Heaven, 28-15, to reach the Diocesan Championship.
The girls trailed after the first quarter, 9-6, and awoke just before the half. Kathryn Gibson, who scored a team high 11 points, drained a 3- pointer to tie the game at 11.
SFDS led by 4 points at the half and never trailed the rest of the way. Therese Gallagher controlled the tempo and defensively, Lauren Peters, Bryn Nagel, Julianna De- Silvia, and Jenna McCann stopped Gate from coming back. Shannon Rochelle and Justine Twomey were all over the floor with their hustle. The championship will be on Sunday, February 22, 2:15 p.m. at Monsignor McClancy High School against Our Lady of Hope.
The Pee Wee girls lost their first game of the season in the Diocesan semi-finals to Blessed Trinity, 18-15. SFDS started off slow and dug themselves into a 7-0 hole before coming back and scoring five unanswered points to bring the score to 7-5 at the half.
The defense rose to the occasion once again in the third quarter, holding Trinity scoreless and taking the lead, 11-7.
SFDS was in foul trouble all game and it came back to haunt them in the fourth quarter when Blessed Trinity hit a scorching 9 of 12 free throws.
Despite their foul troubles, SFDS was in the game until the end and missed a three-pointer, which would have tied the contest with seconds remaining. Congratulations to both Blessed Trinity teams for reaching the finals and good luck to them. The SFDS girls enter the upcoming Peggy Boyle Tournament with a 12-1 record and a chance to avenge their loss to Trinity during the tournament.
The Intermediate girls also fell to Blessed Trinity as they once again showed up as Mr. Hyde instead of Dr. Jekyll.
SFDS Boys Subnovice Gold had a great CYO season. Throughout the season, all the boys showed good sportsmanship and teamwork. Adam DeSilva has come full circle to become the most improved player on the team.
The Subnovice Gold team played their final three games of the season against OLH, St. Stan's and St. Adalbert. Against Our Lady of Hope, SFDS started out strong and never looked back. Scoring were Howley (6 points), Dean (4), Donahue (4), O'Connor (2), along with Foti and McManus providing rock solid on defense. Bambury, Hanrahan, and Vazquez helped to push the ball up the court.
On January 31, a strong St. Stans team visited SFDS. There was a battle of great play back and forth until the SFDS boys, led by Allesandro (4 points), Dean (4), Howley (2), Duffy (1) and Vazquez (1), each scored vital points. McManus played well on offense and defense with Catanese being force on the court.
The regular season ended February 8 as SFDS played a balanced attack against a well rounded St. Aldabert team. DeMarco and Howley led the team with 4 points. Allessandro (3 points), Duffy (2), Powderly (2), Dean (2), Donahue (1) contributed to the scoring. Catanese, Foti, McManus and O'Connor were the backbone of the defense. Bambury and Vazquez played unselfish basketball with great passing.
The Pee Wee Gold finished the CYO season with a tough loss to St. Patrick's of Brooklyn, 24-22. Kyle Hoffman led all scorers with ten points and had an outstanding effort on both ends of the court.
Teddy Stathis also had a great scoring effort with 8 points. The game was one that went back and fourth. Neither team could sustain a comfortable lead. In the end St. Pat's good foul shooting won them the game.
The Novice boys ended their regular season with a convincing win over St. Margaret. The SFDS Bantams concluded the regular season defeating St. Margaret 39-25. Bard Featherston was true to form with 13 points. John Whelan, Tommy Morgan and Charles Gavigan added 6 points apiece, while Ray Marten controlled the boards.
The schedule fittingly finished with an Intermediate game between St. Francis and St. Helen. These two teams have battled over 30 times the past six years, including some of the more memorable games played in this gym. St. Francis closed out their series with a 38-30 win behind the strong play of Charlie Marquardt and Ricky Comis.
The CYO Boys playoffs begin February 21. The SFDS boys will prepare with their annual series with South Windsor, Connecticut on Saturday. The Bantams start the day at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Rookies at 4:45 p.m. The Novice takes the floor at 6:00 p.m. and the Intermediate cap the day at 7:15 pm. The Peggy Boyle Tournament will open up the following week and will run through March 14. There is still lots of basketball action that will happen at the St. Francis gym.