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Lady Terriers reflect on tough season


| ncarousso@queenscourier.com

Photo by John Hessel at St. Francis Prep

The St. Francis Prep Lady Terriers basketball team finished with only two victories overall, but, their sense of camaraderie grew down the stretch of the season. The hype of the season did not quite match up with the execution on the court, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t work hard.

The Lady Terriers victories came against Baruch College Campus and St. John Villa, in the New York State playoffs. Just around the time of the game between St. Francis at St. John Villa the team began to cultivate a sense of togetherness, as well as a team identity. Many obstacles faced the Lady Terriers this season, as they fought hard to remain close in games against the tough competition.

Caitlin O’Doherty, senior forward on the Lady Terriers, said that this season proved to be a great learning experience for the young team.

“One of the obstacles we faced this season, I think, was that we had a very young and inexperienced team, but at the end of the season we really started to come together,” she said. “We love Prep and I think that really showed through our hustle on and off the court.”

Even though they’re young, the team has showed a willingness to do what is necessary to win – and a level of dedication that is rare for such a young squad.

This year’s team consisted of five seniors, two juniors and four sophomores – a very young and inexperienced group. The players anticipate next year will be more successful because of the valuable experience on varsity that the sophomores and juniors soaked up this season.

Hardship galvanized this group of girls and gave them the strength they hope to carry into next season. The Lady Terriers are content on practicing on their individual games and playing in summer leagues. They undeniably came together at the end of the season, which they hope to carry into next year and beyond.

“It’s been a rough season, but as a team we pulled through it,” said junior guard Veronica Ganzi. “We can lose every game, but we worked hard and most importantly, we did it together. That’s what we had to take away from this season.”

 

Lady Terriers capture crown; now seek state title


| ncarousso@queenscourier.com

Photo by Stephanie Horan  Back Row: Kiara Pierre, Kelly Flynn, Jen Hussey, Caroline Gorecki 2nd Row: Johary Rivadeneira, Tara O’Rourke, Kaitlyn Sluyk, Jaclyn LaForgia, Caroline Vallone, Kiara Otero, Nicole Tong, Kendra McCalla Front Row (Captains): Caitlin O’Doherty, Talia Colasante, Allison Betito

Over the past half-decade, the St. Francis Prep ladies volleyball team has dominated the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA).

That domination continued as the Lady Terriers defeated the Stanners of Archbishop Molloy in the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA championship game in Fresh Meadows on November 2.

Before the championship game, the Stanners and Lady Terriers met three times this year, including a tiebreaking match for the highest seed. The Lady Terriers won that match to clinch the number one seed. Team captain Talia Colasante, who recorded 22 kills in the championship match, was one of the reasons for the Lady Terriers’ incredible success this season.

“During the championship we wanted to do the same thing [as they did by beating Archbishop Molloy in the tiebreaking match] and show them who’s boss,” Colasante said.

The Lady Terriers used the emotional loss in the last regular season match on “Senior Night” as motivation to defeat Molloy in the tiebreaker and in the finals.

If the loss to the Stanners that snapped the Lady Terriers regular season winning streak wasn’t motivation enough, Prep would find a motivation in the practices leading up to each match.

Caroline Vallone played an integral role in securing the victory against the Stanners in the finals.

“This team is one of the most motivated teams I’ve seen and with whatever rotation Mr. C. puts us in we can still overcome any obstacle and take down any team put in our path,” said Vallone.

“Mr. C.” or head coach Kevin Colucci prepared his team for the playoffs all season. Although the ladies were disappointed about losing on “Senior Night,” Colucci saw the big picture in getting to the Brooklyn/Queens finals and winning their fifth consecutive Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA title.

“We put it together at the end and it was nice to see them win the championship,” Colucci said. “I was hoping that we would get back to the states and see how we play against the other teams.”

This finals match was a battle and a nail biter to watch. Under Colucci’s direction, they played with “clear eyes” and a “full heart,” part of the team’s motto that is displayed on team sweatshirts.

“He drives me to play to the best of my ability,” said team captain Allison Betito, referring to Colucci and his coaching techniques.

St. Francis plays in the CHSAA class AA state tournament on Saturday, November 12. Their opponent, St. Anthony’s, has won the state tournament the last two years, but the Lady Terriers have the camaraderie and proficiency to win this year. Team captain Caitlin O’Doherty talked about what St. Francis needs to do in order to be a competitor in the state tournament.

“As a team [we] have to be more motivated, more enthusiastic and work together, play hard and in general have the mindset of wanting to win and not let the little things get the best of us and play hard,” she said.

These ladies surely have the mindset of a winning team – playing through injuries and other obstacles over the course of the season. Kelly Flynn, a junior on the team, has been a bright spot for the Lady Terriers all season long. She was forced to sit out the semifinal match against The Mary Louis Academy due to a mild concussion and early in the first game of the best of five series in the final match, she went down with an ankle injury. However, Flynn came back to record eighteen kills and five blocks to give St. Francis the push they needed to win the fourth and fifth sets.

“It’s a mindset that you have to have that nothing could hold you back,” said Flynn.

Now, the Lady Terriers face the state tournament in Buffalo on Saturday.