2009-03-06 / Sports

SFDS Novice Girls Win Title In Exciting Fashion

The 2008-09 SFDS Novice Girls Queens Champions. The 2008-09 SFDS Novice Girls Queens Champions. The St. Francis de Sales Novice Girls won the Diocesan Championship in a thrilling title game edging Our Lady of Hope, 26-24. The St. Francis girls raced out to a 6-point first quarter lead led by "Birthday Girl" Kathryn Gibson and Shannon Rochelle.

SFDS would lead by 4 points at the half as Tess and Jackie Gallagher, Ryan Ward, and Emily Carlton controlled the tempo. Bryn Nagel, Julianna De- Silvia, and Justine Twomey handled the Hope press.

The third quarter remained a 4-point St. Francis lead including a stunning basket made from her knees by Shannon Rochelle.

In the fourth quarter, the excitement in the packed McClancy gym was tremendous! Jenna McCann, Lauren Peters, and Lauren Guidarelli battled constantly under the boards as the game teetered between two and four points. However, St. Francis never trailed and the girls held off a frantic final push by the Hope girls.

Rochelle, who scored a game high 8 points, caught the final St. Francis inbound pass as time expired. The SFDS girls and their family were sent into a screaming hysteria. Coach Randy Neiswenter would like to thank assistant coach Dan Twomey, Laura Rochelle, and all the girls for an awesome ending to a great season.

The CYO Boys Diocesan playoffs are now in the round of 16 and all SFDS teams are still alive and in action this Sunday. The Pee Wee Gold is checking in with Fr. Lou at St. Kevin at 12:00 p.m., while the Blue faces St. Stans-Ozone Park at 12:00 at Martin Luther High School. The Novices pay a visit to Msgr. Geraghty at St. Robert to take on St. Stans-Greenpoint.

The Bantams are at St. Gregory at 2:15 p.m. to play St. Teresa. The Rookies go to St. Sebastian at 8:15 p.m. The Intermediates take on Sacred Heart of Glendale, a 6:30 p.m. start at St. Gabriel. The CYO Diocesan Quarterfinals are on March 15 and the CYO Final Four will be held on March 21-22. Hopes are high and the games will surely be exciting. Follow the SFDS teams on the road to the CYO Diocesan Championships.

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