2009-02-27 / Sports

Lady Flippers Varsity, JV One Step Closer To Title Game

On Tuesday, the Stella Maris' Varsity Basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Brooklyn-Queens CHSAA DII Diocesan semifinals with a convincing 69-34 win over Catherine Mc- Auley High School. A victory last Thursday (over Bishop Loughlin) would set the stage for a Saturday championship game at St. Francis Prep at 4 p.m.

Senior sharpshooter Stephanie Quick had a rare "off' night as she struggled with finding the bottom of the net. But in true Flipper fashion, her teammates were there to lift the weight.

Senior Eliana Howell continued her one-woman show on the boards as she hauled in 15 rebounds and netted 14 points (8 in the final quarter). Not to be outdone, freshman phenom Ashley Raaf came up huge again with 15 points, four steals and four assists (including 2 three pointers).

And the icing on the victory was supplied by sophomore Jen Miller who had a monster third quarter (scoring 12 of her team high 18 points) to go along with her own 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Valuable "senior" minutes were also logged once again by Dorothy LaBattaglia and Michelle Santoro. Willing and most able to supply high quality power at the 2, 3 or 4 spots, this tandem is proving to be 2 of the team's most treasured possessions: that needed boost off the bench.

Junior KerryClare Gleason continues to hone her own outside shooting threat always seeming to hit a trey at just the right "pick us up time".

Senior Stephanie Van Rossem defies the odds as our righty turned lefty (AKA Rocky movie), snakes her way in and out of tight spots in the lane. Last but not least, is defensive quarterback and team "enforcer", senior Melissa Hahn.

The two quick opening minute fouls placed her on the bench early in this game. But even in limited playing time Melissa grabbed her own share of the team's rebounds (8). In reality, the tough, defensive stance she supplies in and out every game has been the true catalyst behind the team's late season surge.

Flipper footnotes: not to be bested by the varsity team, the SM junior varsity continues their own path to the diocesan title. Their 20-point victory over St. Joseph's High School (on Tuesday at SMHS) also pits them against Bishop Loughlin in the semifinals. Here's hoping for 2 SM teams playing Championship Day!

Special thanks to SFDS' Sister Pat, AMG, AMC, BB, VM, HH, PL and KF for making the Buffalo trip possible for a certain faculty member, who performs "double duty" at this time of year.

Kudos to the SFDS sixth grade girls' Bantam team on their own fantastic win over Hope at the Peggy Boyle Tourney this past Wed night! Happy Belated BDAY MOM!

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