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Basketball Powers Through Playoffs

Girls Basketball

The Lady Gaels headed into the Semi-Final game as the #4 seed in the Tier 2 CHSAA playoffs on Thursday February 22, 2024. Standing between them was the #1 seed and 14th ranked team in NYS, St. Joseph Hill Academy out of Staten Island led by League MVP Tara Murphy. The Gaels had defeated Maria Regina in Round 1 and were up for the task. Led by Senior Captains Madi Lopez, Gianna Carlo, and Madison Carlo the Gaels were able to keep it close and trailed by 4 at halftime. With some timely shooting, clutch free throws, and great defense, the Gaels took a 4 point lead with under 3 minutes to go. St. Joe Hill standout Tara Murphy hit a 3 pointer to close the deficit to 1 point with under a minute to play. After a made free throw by Gianna Carlo, the Gaels led by 2 with 12.9 seconds. St. Joe Hill inbounded the ball with Murphy hurling up a runner that missed followed by an offensive rebound and another good luck that bounced out, Madison Carlo was able to corral the rebound and the Gaels held on to a 55-53 win! Their next game will be for the Arch-Diocesan Championship against Moore Catholic (of Staten Island) on Sunday February 25th at 3PM at Monsignor Farrell High School. 

Sr Lauren Fox 13 pts 9 reb

Sr Madi Lopez 10 pts 9 reb

Sr Gianna Carlo 14 pts

Sr Madison Carlo 12 pts

Boys Basketball

The Gaels headed into the 1st round of playoffs as the #6 seed in the CHSAA B Division playoffs on Wednesday February 21, 2024. They faced #4 seed and defending CHSAA B champions Moore Catholic of Staten Island. With the score tied at 47 with under a minute to go, sophomore Sebastian Jackson broke the tie with a go ahead layup. After another big stop, junior Mike Cunningham sunk his free throws to extend the lead to 3 points. With one final defensive stop, the Gaels held onto their lead to solidify their upset of the defending champs. Their next game is the Semi-Final against #2 seed St. John’s Prep on Sunday February 25th at 1pm at Fordham Prep.

Sph Sebastian Jackson 13 pt

Jr Mike Cunningham 17 pts 15 reb 3 blk

Sr Luke Stephan 12 pt 3 ast

Sr Aiden Hall 8 pt 7 ast

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