2010-03-05 / Sports

Lady Flippers Fall In CHSAA Diocesan Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Stella Maris coach Maureen Gigliello wasn’t sure what team she was giving instructions to on the court on Sunday afternoon at Archbishop Molloy High School.

The Lady Flippers didn’t play with any consistency on the floor for fourth quarters as they were eliminated by Fontbonne Hall, 52-39, in the semifinals of the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA Diocesan playoffs.

A group was formed recently to try and take over control of the school next year and become an independent co-ed institution. If those talks don’t come to fruition, and if this was the final CHSAA Division II league game for Stella Maris, which closes in June for good after 66 years, it was certainly not the way to end it.

They were horrible. They didn’t do nothing. They didn’t come to play. Fontbonne is a good team but I wish I can the say they took it from us,” Gigli-ello said. “They didn’t. We gave it to them.”

“In my 15 years I’ve never had a locker room like this. I asked if someone played well. No one raised their hard. 13 of them. We were not here to play a basketball game.”

It was a rough going for the Lady Flippers, who came in as the fourth seed, in all facets of the game. They missed plenty of shots which was evident in a poor first half as Fontbonne Hall had taken a 24-13 lead.

And it didn’t get better in the second half even when they had chances to cut a double digit lead. Stella Maris had at least a five minute stretch from the middle of he third quarter to beginning of the fourth in which they could cut into the Fontbonne lead.

The only semblance of hope came in the fourth quarter came when Shannon O’Connor (12) knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to cut Fontbonne’s lead to nine points.

But without production from starting point guard Ashley Raaf (2 points) and center Jen Miller, the Lady Flippers couldn’t cut the deficit. Fontbonne Hall forward Katei Henderson, a Breezy Point native, scored 20 points, and the outside shooting touch of Justina Johnson was too much for Stella Maris to handle.

The Lady Flippers may encounter their final game tonight in the first round of CHSAA catholic state B playoffs at Sacred Heart in Yonkers. They qualified as the fourth seed representing the Brooklyn-Queens Division and will face off against the top seed representing from the Archdiocese of New York. “We can’t go in and say this is ok,” Gigliello said. We got another game to play.”

Scholars Falls

The Scholars Academy just fell short in advancing to third round of the PSAL B girls playoffs by falling 49-47 at sixth seed Fannie Lou Hamer Academy in the Bronx on Tuesday.

Scholars, who earned the 27th seed and had defeated Clara Barton in the first round, received a game high 16 points and 18 rebounds from Rebecca Moers. Fallon Mullen scored 12 points and Kristin Dchiutiis added 10 points for the Seawloves.

Kangaroos Bounce Dolphins

The Beach Channel boys varsity team couldn’t handle the onslaught of a 26-10 second quarter run by Boys and Girls, as the second seed Kangaroos won 72-53 on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the PSAL AA playoffs.

The 15th seed Dolphins held a 13-11 lead going into the second quarter but could not keep up with the athleticism and depth of the Kangaroos. Mike Taylor scored 25 points to lead Boys and Girls. Beach Channel was led by senior Christopher Thompson and junior guard Kevin Marmolejos each scored 19 points.

Sanders Leads Rice To Title

Far Rockaway native Jermaine Sanders led Rice High School with 23 points on Monday night as the Red Raiders captured the CHSAA Archdi-ocesan title with a 78-59 win over St. Raymond’s. The 6-3 junior guard scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half.

Rice will play tonight in the CHSAA intersectional quarterfinals against Xaverian at 7:30 p.m. The game will be a part of a doubleheader at Christ the King High School.

Lady Dolphins Lose

Murry Bergtraum ended the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins season with an 82-34 victory in the second round of the PSAL AA playoffs on February 25. The Lady Blazers, the number one team in the AA tournament will vie for their 12th straight consecutive title on Saturday in the PSAL championship at Madison Square Garden (11 a.m.) against John F. Kennedy High School.

Cardozo High School will meet Boys and Girls High School in the AA boys’ championship game also on Saturday at MSG (1 p.m.).

First seed Cardozo defeated 12th seed Transit Tech, 62-53 and second seed Boys and Girls beat third seed Wings Academy, 76-52, on Wednesday night at St. John’s University in Queens.

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