March 12, 2017
CYO 8th Grade Girls City BXB Championship
St. John Fisher
Coaches: John Birrell, Kevin Grant, Tracie Napoli
Players: Megan, Molly, Paige, Mari, Lucy, Josie, Anna, Grace
Coaches: William Mildenberger, Greg Koleno
Players: Madeline, Sarah, Madeleine, Margaret, Bridget, Mickey, Molly, Hannah, Solvey
First Quarter: Both teams came out to a shaky start but it didn’t take St. John Fisher long to rev up te engines with some great shots under the basket and a few long shots by Napoli & Grant. Holy Family’s Koch had a great rebound and basket to score for the Cardinals as well. Q1: St. John Fisher 12 – 4
Second Quarter: St. John Fisher controlled the first half of the quarter scoring most of its 6 points lead by Napoli, and Grant. Holy Family hoisted a comeback with some good ball control and athleticism of Koch with some great down the court and in the hoop efforts. Q2 18 – 12 St. John Fisher
Third Quarter: Holy Family’s Potestio led off with a three point basket and a free throw following a SJF foul. SJF answered with a basket and with 6:00 to play SJF 20 – 16. Potestio drew another foul, sinking both of them to bring HF within 4. Q3 28 – 18 St. John Fisher
Fourth Quarter: With three minutes left in the game, each team scored a basket 26 – 20. Time out was called to save the ball and regroup. Holy Family came out of the timeout and delivered four fouls in a row to SJF for strategic purposes. P.Grant went to the line for SJF on the first shooting foul and connected for 2. Holy Family was fouled at the other end, Napoli picking up her fourth foul, the bucket counted and no conversions. SJF picked up two more on the other end then spread the offence and played keep away until Menendez was fouled with 1:14 in the game. No conversion and HF sunk 2 on the next trip. 30 – 24. P. Grant made another trip to the free throw line and missed as H.F.’s Potestio had a chance on the return end. With 38 seconds, Potestio sunk one, missed one, now within 5. Menendez went to the free throw line for SJF missed one, made one, 6 point spread again.
Holy Family, could not get the ball into the basket then sent Menendez to the line again, made one, missed one, picked up her own rebound and put it in for another two! Play of the game for sure! Made the extra shot with 5 seconds left in the game. Holy Family and St. John Fisher finish up their CYO careers with a game both teams can be proud of!
FINAL: St. John Fisher 35 – 25