2011-02-11 / Sports

St. Francis Novice Girls Advance In CYO Playoffs

The harsh winter continues to take its toll as weather in Hartford prevented the South Windsor basketball teams from travelling to St. Francis for their annual series.

Here in New York, the games went on as scheduled and the CYO girls playoffs continued. The SFDS Pee Wee Gold lost a heartbreaker to Our Lady of Snows, 17-16.

The novice girls advanced to the diocesan quarterfinals with a convincing victory over OL Snows. Ten different girls got in on the scoring, with Katie Marquardt leading the charge with some gorgeous moves to the basket and a game high 12 points. Carly McCann added 6 points. Maddie McDade, Elizabeth Clark, and Breanne McDonnell each scored 4 points. It was Kelly Ward, who, even though she did not get on the score sheet, had a great all around game running the team on offense and coming up with a number of steals on defense. The girls now have a weekend off before their next playoff game on Saturday, February 19 at 3:30 p.m. against St. Pancras.

The SFDS girls bantam team ended the regular season with a 7-5 record. The squad traveled to St. Gabriel’s on Super Bowl Sunday, to take on St. Helen, in their first playoff game. The final score of 24-8 for SFDS was truly a team effort as 8 players scored and all 13 contributed rebounds, steals and/or assists.

One of the brighter stats was the 6 for 9 from the foul line. Courtney Mc- Cool led all scorers with 6 points and Keira Walsh added 4.

The team seems to be feeding off Emma Meade’s defensive intensity.

Meade quarterbacked the full court pressure once again. Devin Gavigan (2 points), Mollie Kuhlman, Jenna Lonn-borg and Katelyn Neiswenter (3 points) were quick to follow Emma’s lead. Lauren Marten (2 points) seemed to be everywhere “in the backfield” as she picked off pass after pass like a true safety.

The rebounding efforts of Mollie Breslin, Meghan Gigliello (2 points) and Maria DiCarlo (3 points) kept the taller St. Helen’s front line at bay. Points are needed, steals show basketball IQ and rebounding takes heart. And then there are those “pretty pass” plays where all in the gym seem to gush “niiice pass” at the same time. The recipients of those accolades in this game were Megan Twomey (2 points) and Nicole Gibson. The team’s next game is 11:00 a.m. on February 19 at St. Gregory against St. Sebastian.

The Rookies had the weekend off and now face St. Margaret in a 10:00 a.m. game at St. Gregory on Saturday. The Intermediates begin their playoffs on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. against St. Pancras at St. Joan of Arc.

In addition to the playoffs, the teams are all preparing for the Peggy Boyle Tournament which will begin on Saturday, February 26 and run through March 26. More details next week.

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