2010-02-05 / Sports

Stella Maris Evens Record With Home Victory Over Saviour

Ashley Raaf Ashley Raaf The Stella Maris basketball team traveled to Bay Ridge this past Monday to take on FontBonne Hall. SM’s 41-38 loss means their league record stands at 3-4.

The offensive struggles started immediately for Stella. Down 14-8 at halftime, SM might have been reasoning that the small confines of the court were what ailed them. But then, how do you explain the 30-27 edge they managed in the second half? Answer: it was not the court; it was the team play on offense.

With 10 players (out of a 13 player roster) competing on the varsity level as rookies, Stella is slowly coming to the realization that wins or losses are of their own doing. Experience is proving that the answers lie within their own locker room. Not in their opponent’s.

Sometimes a solid second half in an eye-opening loss is better than any motivational speech a coach can deliver. You can preach confidence but only success can instill it.

And that is the team that St. Saviour ran into on Wednesday on Stella’s home court. The 48-42 victory over SS was not a perfect game for the home Blue and Gold by any stretch of the imagination. However, SM stayed focused on defense and kept running up-tempo on offense. All players were an offensive threat as nine scored on the offensive end.

A brief lapse in rebounding placed their lead in danger toward the end of the fourth but Jennifer Boyle, Regina Paskoff and Alison McGovern righted the ship.

Perhaps the biggest rebound of the game came on a missed SM foul shot with 7.2 seconds left. Ashley Raaf skied over a Saviour opponent to secure the win for the Lady Flippers.

Raaf and Jennifer Miller each scored 12 poiints, Paskoff and Shannon O’Connor had 7 apiece, Liz Cholakis chipped in with 2 beautiful finishes off the break and pressure foul shots were converted by Erin Blum, Alison Mc- Govern and Jen Boyle.

Flipper Footnotes: Next on tap is Catherine McAuley at home on Friday. The Flippers, at 4-4, look to go above .500 as they enter the last week of the season.

Seniors, as tradition dictates at this time of year: To paraphrase Mr. Thomas, “Do not go gently into that sweet night, RAGE, RAGE, RAGE! Stella Maris High School’s Final Senior Game will be played on Wednesday Feb. 10. The seniors final tribute begins at 3 p.m. followed by SM vs. St. Agnes at 430 p.m.

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