Defeat Ends Stella Maris’ Playoff Run
It’s the end of era for the Stella Maris Lady Flippers basketball team. Stella Maris was eliminated in the CHSAA Class B state catholic semifinals playoffs last Saturday night as St. John’s Prep defeated the Lady Flippers, 51-43 in Yonkers.
The defeat was the final basketball game for Stella Maris (9-7) as the school will close their doors after being opened for 67 years in June.
After coming off a 73-59 opening round win in overtime against Good Counsel on March 6, the Lady Flippers looked as if they were in good spirits. But they could not take advantage of the opportunities St. John’s seemingly gave them.
St. John’s Prep was missing top scorer Anna Christodoulou, who did not show up to the game because of work obligations. The Red Storm was also missing the contributions of Lashonda Hathorne as she had picked up three fouls in the first half.
Hathorne returned in the second half to hurt Stella Maris by scoring 15 points in the third quarter enroute to a game high 26 points.
After being down one point at halftime, Stella Maris was down by double figures entering the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Ashley Raaf (13 points) inspired a late Lady Flippers rally, cutting the lead down to five points. But Stella Maris could not cut the deficit any further.
“We had our chances. But the third quarter hurt us again just like it did in the Fontbonne game,” Gigliello said. Stella Maris had lost to Fontbonne Hall in the semifinals of the Brooklyn- Queens Diocesan playoffs on February 28. There is still hope that the school will open again in September. Operation Save Flipper, a large group of alumni who are looking to raise funds to create a new co-ed independent school in the same location called Stella Maris Leadership Academy.
Henderson Leads Bonnies
Breezy Point native Katie Henderson led Fontbonne Hall with 20 points last Sunday afternoon as the Bonnies defeated St. John’s Prep, 48-35, in the CHSAA Class B city girls final.
Jill Oliver scored ten points and Rockaway native Annette Scott added seven for Fontbonne Hall, who will take on St. Mary’s of Buffalo in the state semifinals at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Villa in Staten Island.
Henderson, the Bonnies’ junior forward, helped the school’s girls’ varsity soccer team to the Brooklyn-Queens championship last fall. Teammates Justina Johnson and Dana Distabile also reside in Breezy Point.
Sanders Playoff Run Ends
Rice junior forward Jermaine Sanders led with a team 21 points on Wednesday night at St. John’s University, but the Lions of Bishop Loughlin upended the Red Raiders, 59-58, in the CHSAA boys’ city semifinals. The Far Rockaway native scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.