St. Francis Gold Girls Finish Strong
After two tough losses during the season to St. Nicholas of Tolentine, a team that went undefeated during their season, SFDS Gold was matched up against St. Nicks for first round of playoffs this past Saturday. St. Francis came out strong with a woman-to-woman defense shutting down St. Nicks’ strongest players and keeping St. Nicks scoreless in the first quarter.
Reilly Nichtern, Fiona Mullen and Maisie Courtney started things off hitting 3 foul shots each, putting St. Francis ahead 3-0 after the first quarter. Mullen continued to add 3 more from the foul line in the second quarter, but St. Nicks added a couple of buckets, making the score 7-6 at halftime. Emily Boyle started the third with a sweet shot off a steal, putting St. Francis ahead.
Offensive pressure from Shannon Tuffey, Sarah Doda, and Gianna Capozzi, as well as quick defensive feet from Sofia Knoetgen, Molly Green, and Katrina Roman kept the score close, ending the period with St. Nicks leading 13 to 10.
Diane Erhard hit a crucial corner jump shot at the beginning of the 4th to narrow the lead to 1. St. Nicks responded with two back-to-back field goals. SFDS put the full court pressure on and both Nichtern and Mullen scored on turnovers. Down by 1 with 13 seconds left, St. Francis ran an inbound play but failed to convert in the final seconds of the game. Final score St. Nicks 17, SFDS Gold, 16.
Knocked out of the next round of playoffs, SFDS Gold will continue to showcase their talents in the St. Francis de Sales Peggy Boyle Tournament, beginning the weekend of February 22nd.
St. Francis invites everyone to come down to the gym to see some exciting girls’ basketball and cheer them on.