St. Francis Teams Advance To CYO Diocesan Final Four
The Girls CYO basketball playoffs continued this weekend and it is now on to the Diocesan Final Four for the St. Francis Pee Wee Blue, Novice, and Bantam teams.
The girls Pee Wee Blue team beat St. Mary Winfield, 16-9, to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The team got off to a very slow start as they found themselves down 4-2 at halftime, with the lone basket coming on a Breanne McDonnell bomb from the corner.
The girls’ lackluster play didn’t sit well with the coaches and they came out fired up in the second half. The team went on a 14-0 run to open the half, with Grace DeCrescenzo scoring 10 of those points. McDonnell was hot from the outside as she hit two more long shots to finish with six points.
Hannah Nicholson played awesome defense as she snagged seven rebounds and had two blocked shots. Kaleigh Gilroy, Meagan Duffy and Rebecca Boland played their defensive positions perfectly and didn’t allow a point by the opposition.
The novice girls defeated Our Lady of Mercy, 28-17, on Saturday. The girls were led in the first half by Lauren Marten’s seven points, and the defensive pressure of Emma Meade, Maria Dicarlo, and Devin Gavigan.
In the second half as things got tighter, it was the outside shooting of Nicole Gibson, who scored six points, and the defensive pressure inside the paint by Courtney McCool, Meaghan Gigliello, and Keira Walsh.
The fourth quarter saw a sensational sequence of the two teams exchanging six straight baskets including Devin and Nicole with some beautiful buckets. The girls are looking forward to the final four.
The Rookie girls, hoping to be the fourth SFDS team to advance to the final weekend, took on a scrappy St. Gabriel team at Resurrection Ascension on Sunday. Emma Knox, Kayla Kilgallen and Mary Ellen Woods led the offense, and the girls had the lead after the first quarter.
When the scoring seemed to sputter, the defense, led by Taylor Vegh, Erin Klein, Serena Yanello and Celeste Lynch, kept the game within reach. Late in the fourth quarter, trailing by as many as six points, the girls mounted a courageous comeback. They got the Gabriel lead down to 1 with 42 seconds left but their efforts came up short in their 22-21 loss.
Cassie Moriarty, Julia Carey, Madison Efron, Courtney Blum and Kerri Brennan also gave it their all, but the season ended much too soon. Kudos to Coach Craig Carey for all of his time and a fine job with the girls.
SFDS third grade girls played three games at St Adalbert’s Tournament this week. All games were decided by just one point. The cardiac kids were led in scoring by Alex Dadario, Kelsey Flynn and Reilly Mangano.
The defense of Paige Humphrey, Liz Carmody and Carolyn Diehm has put great pressure on opposing teams, while rebounding and passing keeps improving from Liz Meringolo, Kate Wrynn, Victoria Meier and Paige McDade. The floor leader, Chrissie Diehm, has been handling the ball to break opposing team’s defensive pressure.
The final game is to be played on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Girls Final Four is set for February 20-21 at Archbishop Molloy High School and St. John’s Prep. The Peggy Boyle Tournament also begins on February 20.
The Boys regular season continues through February 14 with playoffs beginning on February 20. The South Windsor and Southington Connecticut basketball teams will arrive at the St. Francis gym on Saturday, February 13.
The schedule is as follows: 2:30 p.m.- Rookie; 3:45-Intermediate; 5:00-Novice; 6:15- Bantam.
St. Francis will be looking to even the slate after dropping 3 out of 4 in Connecticut. Come to the St. Francis gym.