St. Mark girls finish basketball season 15-3
In the first round of the New England CYO tournament last Saturday, Saint Mark defeated Vermont state champion Saint Francis Xavier 40-24 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. St. Mark gave a "give and go" clinic with Kelly Scully leading with a season high 19 points all scored in the paint, followed by Eloise Heath with 8 and Claire Sampson with 7. The "Big Three" trio of Allison Smith, Eloise Heath, and Claire Sampson dominated the boards with 31 rebounds. Guards Katie Bednarczyk and Caroline and Mary O'Connor directed a balanced offensive attack with patient ball movement and minimal turnovers.
Playing their second game of the day, Saint Mark ended their 10game winning streak, losing to the Hartford Connecticut's undefeated Corpus Christi team 53-29. The semi final loss marked the end of a very successful, 15-3, campaign for the Saint Mark Parish.
Head Coach Kevin O'Connor said, " The girls took us (parents and coaches) for a great ride. The transformation of this team in the post season was remarkable. I want to recognize Kellie Brown, Hannah Farrelly, Danielle Perez, and Sarah Crowell for constantly pushing their teammates in practices and supporting them on and off the court throughout the entire five-month season. The girls really focused the last five weeks to prepare for the high level of competition, and it paid off."