SFDS CYO Basketball: Novice Girls, Bantam Girls Teams Win
On the opening weekend for CYO basketball, the SFDS Novice girls began with two consecutive road wins. On Saturday the girls traveled to OLQM and won an exciting game 22-16. St. Francis received 6 points each from Ryan Carlton, Alex Dadario, and Elizabeth Meringolo. Hustling all over the floor were Jillian Howard, Rian Courtney, and Reilly Mangano.
On Sunday the girls traveled to OL Snows, who defeated St. Francis by 1 point in the playoffs last year. SFDS controlled inside the ‘paint’ the entire second half on their way to a 10-point victory, led by Francesca Agoglia scoring 7 points and Hannah Harkins 6. Defensively Kelsey Flynn, Olivia Murray, Taylor Scaccia and Savannah Taylor kept OL Snows from scoring in the fourth quarter.
The SFDS Novice girls have won 3 of 4 games and are 5-1 on the season. Their only defeat a 14-13 heart breaker at home to St. Mary Winfield. After leading by 5 points at the half, the girls gave up the lead and went down by 5 in the fourth. With the numerous steals by Kelsey Flynn, including one to cut the lead to 1 point with 2 seconds left. She didn’t stop pressing and Flynn again stole the inbounds and was fouled with .4 seconds left.
Going to the line before the home crowd and with the sixth grade girls team watching from the stage, Flynn made the one and one free throw. But unfortunately she was called by the referees for toeing the foul line and the shot was taken away, ending an exciting home opener.
The girls have bounced back extremely well. Winning their last two games at home on our beautiful new court, led by the scoring of Ryan Carlton, Kelsey Flynn, and Jillian Howard.
The Bantam Boys defeated Sacred Heart 44-16 last weekend. The SFDS squad was an offensive machine, scoring inside and out. Aidan Donahue and TJ Powderly shared point guard duty and orchestrated the attack.
Aidan and John Moran shared scoring honors with 9 points each. Matty Ostrander scored 6 points. Jag Guidarelli was a monster in defense and on the boards. The teamhad dropped their season opener the previous weekend to St. Vincent, 40-32. John Moran was high scorer for St. Francis with 12 points followed by Aidan Donahue with 7. The boys rallied twice, hitting four 3-point shots. However, they could not hit a free throw and that doomed them.