St. Mark girls win state CYO title
St. Mark defeated St. Brendan of E. Providence and St. Pius of Providence en route to the championship game. For the first time in St. Mark's history, the Jamestown Parish team will represent Rhode Island in the New England Regional CYO tournament, playing Vermont at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on April 1.
On offense, it was a balanced attack with seven girls scoring, including Kelly Scully with 8, Eloise Heath with 7, Claire Sampson with 6, Katie Bednarczyk with 5, Allison Smith with 4, Caroline O'Connor with 2, and Kelly Brown with 2.
St. Mark controlled the boards, played stifling defense and utilized a patient, opportunistic offense to defeat the formidable 13-0 St. Theresa team.
The St. Mark trio of Heath, Smith, and Sampson combined for 22 rebounds. The steady guard play of Bednarczyk and Caroline O'Connor effectively controlled the tempo. Sparkplugs Scully and Mary O'Connor keyed several scoring sprees.
Head Coach Kevin O'Connor said, "The girls really came together, focused, and peaked at the right time. We played our two best games of the season this weekend against the two toughest teams. We shared the ball on offense and played a very stingy team defense - consistently limiting our opponents to one shot. I couldn't be happier for the girls."