SFDS Pee Wee Gold, Rookies Advance In CYO Playoffs
The Girls CYO Basketball playoffs began last weekend with four St. Francis teams in action.
The Pee Wee Blue lost a close game to St. Helen. It was a fast paced game that saw St. Helen get out to an early lead and SFDS fight back to get within two points in the fourth quarter.
SFDS was just unable to make shots in the fourth quarter and St. Helen was able to extend their lead. Alex Dadario attacked the basket all game, Reilly Mangano played a great all around game, and Kelsey Flynn, Chrissy Diehm and Paige Humphrey all defended and rebounded well against a taller St. Helen team. Paige McDade, Kate Wrynn, Victoria Meier and Elizabeth Meringolo helped keep the game close off the bench. In the other half of the bracket, the Pee Wee Gold defeated Sacred Heart 21-11 and now faces Our Lady of the Snows on Sunday, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart.
The Novice girls opened against Nativity and came out of the gates scoring the first 14 points en route to an easy first round victory. The girls were led by an awesome offensive display from Elizabeth Clark who had a game high 13 points.
All the girls were happy to have a healthy and smiley Liz back on the track. Not to be outdone was the great all around play of Katie Marquardt who added 10 points, and many steals and assists. Defensively, Maddie Mc- Dade, Kelly Ward and Lindsay DeBoer played well defensively and the entire team was all over the court. The girls move on to the sweet sixteen and play on Saturday at St. Patrick’s at 3:30 p.m. against Our Lady of the Snows. The Bantams had the weekend off and begin this Sunday at St. Gabriel against St. Helen at 2:00 p.m.
After finishing the regular season with a win over Corpus Christi, the Rookie girls won an impressive victory over Saint Raphael, 43 to 24, in the first round of the playoffs. St. Francis started fast with 20 points in the first quarter, with scoring from five different players: Kathryn Gibson and Tess Gallagher each had 6 points, Lauren Peters scored 4 points, Jenna McCann and Ryan Ward both had 2 points.
In the second quarter, Francesca Castellano scored four points to give St. Francis a comfortable 27 to 6 half-time lead. In the second half, Justine Twomey led the team at point guard and Lauren Guidarelli dominated the boards. St. Francis continued to have a very balanced attack with Jackie De- Silvia scoring 7 points. Johanna Sullivan and Shannon Rochelle each had 2 points. St. Raphael played hard throughout the game and cut St. Francis’ lead to 11 points in the fourth quarter but St. Francis pulled away in the final minutes for a comfortable 43 to 24 win.
In the next round, St. Francis will play a tough opponent, St. Margaret. In the regular season, St. Francis beat St. Margaret, 33-30, at home but lost on the road to St. Margaret, 29 to 27. The game is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on February 12 at St. Gregory. The Intermediates can still relax as they await the winner of St. Margaret and St. Pancras. They will face that victor at 6:00 p.m. on February 12 at St. Joan of Arc.
The Bantam Boys played their best game of the season in a 44-40 overtime loss to St. Patrick. Joey Morelli was a scoring machine in the paint with 13 points. Kyle Hoffman had 10. Matt Coletta and Teddy Stathis played outstanding defense by forcing St. Pat’s into poor shots and numerous turnovers. The boys are finally coming together. They played their second strong game in defeating St. Rose 48-38. Matt Coletta and Joey Morelli each scored 12 and dominated in the paint. Kyle Hoffman scored 11 points from the outside, including two three-pointers. Teddy Stathis neutralized the St. Rose press with his speed and ball handling and also scored 9 points.
After traveling to South Windsor, Connecticut last Saturday, St. Francis will now play host to South Windsor this Saturday. The action begins with four games starting at 10:30 a.m. for the Bantam, 12:00 p.m. for Rookie, 1:30 for Intermediate and 3:00 for Novice.
It is always a great day, so come down to the St. Francis gym to check out the action.