2010-01-22 / Sports

Fontbonne Hall Races Past Stella Maris

By Elio Velez

Stella Maris center Jen Miller tries to get to the basket. Photo by William Thomas. Stella Maris center Jen Miller tries to get to the basket. Photo by William Thomas. It’s no secret by now that Stella Maris High School has announced they will close their doors this summer.

That issue hasn’t affected the varsity girls’ basketball team according to coach Maureen Gigliello. The concern that displeased her on Tuesday afternoon was her team’s inconsistency on the floor, which they displayed against Fontbonne Hall Academy.

Katie Henderson, the Breezy Point native, led Fontbonne Hall (5-2,) with 15 points as they defeated Stella Maris (2-3), 47-29 on Tuesday afternoon in a Brooklyn-Queens CHSAA Division II matchup.

Fontbonne Hall capitalized in the third quarter on their opposition’s many mistakes. Stella Maris’ Jen Miller had cut the deficit to 24-23 with 3:30 left, but the wheels fell off due to turnovers and some bad shots.

Stella Maris Lady Flippers sophomore guard Ashley Raaf . Stella Maris Lady Flippers sophomore guard Ashley Raaf . Justina Johnson scored five straight points for the Bonnies as they pulled away from the Lady Flippers. By the six minute mark of the fourth quarter, Fontbonne Hall was up 40-26 and Gigliello was just about steamed.

“The biggest problem we’re having is playing all out intensity for every possession. First five minutes into the third quarter, we had that. Then in the last three minutes we didn’t,” Gigliello said.

“We have got to sustain that consistency. And we won’t be getting anywhere if we don’t do that.”

There are a few reasons to explain the inconsistency Stella Maris has had. The lack of experience has been a big factor in their lack of cohesion. Kerry Gleason, Jen Miller and Ashley Raaf are the only varsity players returning from last season.

With the school closing, there was no need for a junior varsity team. With ten new players, it’s made for some tough times.

Gleason knows it’s a tough adjustment. And while the team has gotten sympathy of the school’s closure from around the league, she was more concerned about how the team is doing on the floor.

The senior knows as one of the returning players, they will have to do a better job of showing an improved performance and help guide their younger teammates on the floor.

“It’s the team. It must have been a frustrating game. Something wasn’t working today. Us as a team as a whole. We wasn’t mentally together,” Gleason said.

On Saturday, they will get a chance to give a better effort when they take on St. Agnes in College Point. Gigliello, who has coached the team to Division II titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006, says the team must start to gain confidence and give an all out effort for 32 minutes. “The school closing down really hasn’t affected us. We spoke about that in the beginning of the year,” Gigliello said. “I said for 65 years, girls have been coming here to try to win a championship. You are no different. Let’s just play.”

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