Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Congratulations to Senior Chelsea Smith and Sophomore Sarah Young for being named to the All-Catholic First Team and to Senior Awilda Murphy and Sophomore Kathleen Ryan for being selected for the All-Catholic Second Team. Way to go!
Chelsea averaged nine points, five assists, and five steals per game. Sarah’s average of 15 points and 12 rebounds per game led the team. A transfer from Holy Angels, Awilda, finished the season averaging 11 points, three assists, and three steals per game. Kathleen averaged nine points and five rebounds per game.
Sarah Young was also named to the Third Team for All WNY while Chelsea Smith earned Honorable Mention.
From left to right: Awilda Murphy, Kathleen Ryan, Sarah Young, and Chelsea Smith
- Varsity: 2008-09 MML Champions, 2009-10 MML Champions, 2010-11 MML Champions, 2011-12 MML Champions, 2012-13 MML Champions
- JV: 2009-10 MML Champions (14-0 League Record, 18-0 Overall)
- Freshwomen: 2008-09 MML Champions (1st place tie)
Varsity Head Coach: Sr. Maria Pares '58
A coach for over 40 years and a member of numerous sports halls of fame, Sr. Maria has coached at every level from grade school to Division 1 college. She has had two stints as the head coach at Sacred Heart.
The first was from 1973 - 1986 when her teams had a winning streak of 127 games and a New York State Class C Championship in 1986. After coaching at Canisius College and Marquette University, Sr. Maria returned to SHA in 1999 and has been the head coach ever since. Her overall record at SHA is 554 wins and 71 losses.
For a complete coaching bio on Sr. Maria, see http://www.sacredheartacademy.org/news/SisterMariaPares.php
Varsity Assistant: Debbie Laux '81
Ms. Laux played for Sr. Maria at Sacred Heart from 1979 – 1981 and at Canisius College from 1981 – 1985. She has been the assistant varsity coach since 1999. An accomplished athlete, Debbie is a member of the S.H.A. Sports Hall of Fame for basketball, volleyball, softball, and badminton. She played both basketball and softball in college and is now a member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame. Debbie earned a B.S. in Management from Canisius College in 1985 and is a sale representative for Laux Sporting Goods.
JV Coach: Evan Groat
Mr. Groat is a 2007 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education/Health Education. He has coached the JV team since the 2010-11 season. The team has been very successful with him at the helm, finishing near the top of the league standings each year. Prior to coming to SHA, Evan spent four years teaching and coaching in the NYC public school system. He coached girl’s Varsity Basketball for three seasons and boy's Varsity Baseball for four seasons guiding teams to the playoffs in each sport.
- Freshwomen: Kim Sendlak
- Villa Maria College Athletic Center
2013-14 Season Highlights
Nardin Comes Up with 23 Points in the Fourth Quarter and Beats SHA By 2 in Monsignor Martin Semi-Final Playoff at Daemen College
February 23: SHA 59 Nardin 61
SHA (points per quarter) 18 10 17 14
Nardin 12 15 11 23
Sacred Heart had the better record but the Gators from Nardin spoiled any hopes for a Sharks' MML Championship repeat in 2014. Nardin now faces the #1 seed, Cardinal O'Hara, at 6:30 pm on March 1 at Canisius College.
Top scorers for SHA were Awilda Murphy with 17 points, Chelsea Smith with 14, and Sarah Young with 13.
SHA Hangs on for Victory #16 over Frontier
February 12: SHA 51 Frontier 44
SHA (points per quarter) 18 8 12 13
Frontier 9 13 14 8
Frontier was playing the catch up game with SHA as the Sharks opened the first quarter with a 9 point lead. By the end of the third quarter, however, Frontier was down by only one basket: 36-38. The Sharks came out strong in the fourth quarter to preserve the win by a 7 point margin.
SHA's top two scorers were Sarah Young with 12 points and Kathleen Ryan with 11.
Overall Record: 16-5 League Record: 8-2
Thirty Point MML Win for SHA's Varsity
February 10: SHA 56 Mt. St. Mary 26
Awilda Murphy with 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals and Chelsea Smith with 1 rebound, 9 assists, 6 steals each scored 14 points as Sacred Heart won their eighth MML game.
Overall Record: 15-5 League Record: 8-2
#1 Ranked Large School Cardinal O'Hara Snaps SHA's 10 Game Win Streak
February 6: SHA 64 Cardinal O'Hara 81
Cardinal O'Hara's big three (Keyonte Edwards - 22 points, Kelsey McCarthy - 21 points, and Jontay Walton - 21 points) accounted for 64 points in this game, and there seemed to be no way to stop them.
Sacred Heart's Varsity squad fell behind early and found themselves down by 18 points at halftime: 25-43. In the second half a different team returned to the floor with SHA outscoring Cardinal O'Hara by one point, 39-38, proving that the Sharks could keep pace with Western New York's #1 ranked team for two quarters.
Sarah Young was top scorer for SHA with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Kathleen Ryan pitched in 16 points with her 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Chelsea Smith scored 8 points with 1 rebound and 9 assists and dominated O'Hara defensively with 8 of the Shark's 12 steals. Julia Blujus and Awilda Murphy each added 7 points.
Overall Record: 14-5 League Record: 7-2
#7 Ranked Large School Sacred Heart Beats #6 Ranked Large School Williamsville North
February 4: SHA 49 Williamsville North 46
SHA (points per quarter) 15 12 8 14
Williamsville North 11 11 8 16
Kathleen Ryan played her best game of the season against public school Williamsville North scoring 21 points with 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Awilda Murphy put in 11 points with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Sarah Young contributed 8 points and 13 rebounds. Chelsea Smith did not score any points, but she made her presence on the court count by forcing 4 steals, grabbing 4 rebounds, and having 7 assists.
Overall Record: 14-4 League Record: 7-1
Varsity's MML Record Improves to 7-1 with Huge Win over St. Mary's of Lancaster
February 3: SHA 71 St. Mary's of Lancaster 20
SHA (points per quarter) 18 21 14 18
St. Mary's of Lancaster 0 4 15 1
Kathleen Ryan (20 points), Sarah Young (16 points), and Julia Blujus (12 points) were SHA's top three scorers in this 51 point rout of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The Sharks had 25 steals in this game with Awilda Murphy and Chelsea Smith each getting 6 a piece.
Overall Record: 13-4 League Record: 7-1
Sharks Now Have a Dozen Wins for the Season
January 31: SHA 64 Christian Central Academy 43
SHA (points per quarter) 12 20 20 12
CCA 12 6 18 7
As the scoreboard indicates, the first quarter was a neck and neck matchup between the two teams, but then Sacred Heart took charge in the second quarter and effectively stopped CCA's offense while amassing a 14 point lead to end the half. The third quarter was a repeat of the first quarter with both teams scoring at will. The fourth quarter had SHA wearing down CCA's five and holding them to 7 points.
Sacred Heart gets MML win #6 with Sarah Young as top scorer recording 16 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double game. Awilda Murphy connected for 10 points with 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals while Kathleen Ryan put in 9 points with 8 rebounds and 2 steals and Chelsea Smith contributed 8 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals.
Overall Record: 12-4 League Record: 6-1
Nonleague Victory for the Sharks
January 30: SHA 59 Tapestry 45
By hitting 21 points in the first quarter Sacred Heart jumped out to a 37 to 18 half time lead taking Tapestry out of their game plan. Tapestry's best quarter was the fourth when they scored 14 points to the Sharks' nine, but the 19 point first half margin was too much for them to overcome.
SHA's best defensive player, Chelsea Smith, was also the best offensive player in this game. She scored 20 points with 7 steals and 8 assists. Sarah Young did her routine double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Overall Record: 11-4 League Record: 5-1
Oh How Sweet It Is to Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win!!!!!!
January 24: SHA 65 Nichols 48
SHA (points per quarter) 22 13 20 10
Nichols 10 16 10 12
Sarah Young had 12 rebounds, put 24 huge points on the boards, and was 6/7 from the foul line as Sacred Heart's Varsity picked up another W, their sixth consecutive victory since losing by one point on January 11 to Nardin.
Kathleen Ryan pitched in 13 points (1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal), Awilda Murphy had 8 points (4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals), Jackie Adolf scored 8 points (4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals), Julia Blujus made 5 points with 2 rebounds, Chelsea Smith chalked up 5 points with her 5 steals, 8 assists, and 1 rebound, and Maria Gabriele had one 2 point bucket plus 1 assist.
Overall Record: 10-4 League Record: 5-1
Varsity's MML Record Improves to 4-1 with 65 Point Trouncing of Park School
January 22: SHA 80 Park 15
With a 37 point lead at half-time (43-6), Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares could afford to mix it up a bit. Nine players scored for Sacred Heart, but the top scorer was not 6' 2" Sarah Young who is usually the go to person for inside baskets. Top scorer honors were earned by Sophomore Kathleen Ryan who had 15 points (2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) followed closely by SHA's strongest defensive player, Senior Chelsea Smith, who had 13 points (1 rebound, 5 assists, 5 steals). Two Juniors, Julia Blujus and Maria Gabriele, each tallied 11 points. Blujus hit 3 three-point buckets while Senior Awilda Murphy had 2 three-pointers as part of her 10 points. In fact, 21 of SHA's 80 points came from the perimeter. Other SHA players with points were Jackie Adolf (8), Sarah Young (6), Mary Rose Gaulin (4), and Desyre Lee (2).
Overall Record: 9-4 League Record : 4-1
League Record is now 3-1 with 43 Point Win over Niagara Catholic
January 20: SHA 66 Niagara Catholic 23
Ten players put points on the board for Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares. SHA launched a quick 22-7 first quarter lead and then slowed down the scoring pace in the second quarter as Niagara Catholic rallied for 10 points while the Sharks tallied just 9 points but still maintained a 14 point margin with the score 31-17 at half-time. Sacred Heart came out strong in the third quarter amassing another 23 points while defensively holding their opponent to 4 points. At that point, with the score 54-21, it was apparent that the Sharks were headed for a W.
Sarah Young once again managed a double-double with her 22 points and 11 rebounds along with 2 assists and 1 steal. She was also perfect from the free-throw line hitting four for four. Kathleen Ryan scored 13 points, two of which were three-point baskets. Chelsea Smith was the top defensive player with her 6 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 4 points. The team made 13/19 free-throws for 68% shooting.
Overall Record: 8-4 League Record: 3-1
Deja Vu for SHA's Varsity with Victory #7
January 16: SHA 75 Health Sciences Charter School 19
On back-to-back nights SHA's Varsity had fun as they once again held their opponent to just 19 points.
Ten players contributed to this huge win: Sarah Young (20 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist), Awilda Murphy (13 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 4 steals), Chelsea Smith (11 points, 2, rebounds, 6 assists, 10 steals), Jackie Adolf (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Sarah Yeager (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists), Julia Blujus (5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists), Mary Rose Gaulin (4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist), Kathleen Ryan (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists), Julia Domino (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), Desyre Lee (1 point, 4 rebounds, 1 assist).
Varsity grabbed 40 rebounds with 16 steals and shot 6/9 or 66.667% from the free throw line.
Overall Record: 7-4 League Record: 2-1
Sr. Maria has her Starters and the Bench Contributing to Largest Victory of 2014 Season
January 15: SHA 85 Buffalo Seminary 19
Eleven players on SHA's Varsity squad tallied a new season high of 85 points against Buffalo Seminary to record Victory #6 and MML Win #2 Sarah Young with 14 points followed by Awilda Murphy and Maria Gabriele each with 13 points and Julia Blujus with 11 points were the top 4 scorers for Sacred Heart.
Varsity grabbed 40 rebounds and forced 21 turnovers while shooting 9/15 or 60% from the free throw line.
Overall Record: 6-4 League Record: 2-1
Varsity Rebounds with First MML Victory to Even Record at 1-1
January 13: SHA 76 Mt. Mercy 58
Eight players put points on the board for Sacred Heart as the Sharks scored a season high 76 points against Mt. Mercy. Sarah Young had a phenomenal game. She hit 12 two's and made 3 of her 5 free throws for 27 points, her personal best. In addition, Sarah grabbed 19 rebounds along with 1 assist and 1 steal. Chelsea Smith had 12 points (1 rebound, 4 assists, and 1 steal), Awilda Murphy scored 11 points (4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals), Julie Blujus hit 2 threes and 1 two for 8 points (4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), and Jackie Adolf pitched in 7 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Overall Record: 5-4 League Record: 1-1
Nardin Does One Better as Gators Nip Sharks in the Fourth Quarter
January 11: SHA 52 Nardin 53
Sacred Heart opened play in their first Monsignor Martin League game with a loss at the hands of the Nardin Gators. Despite having an 18-17 first quarter lead and going into the locker room up by 5 points (33-28), the Sharks collapsed in the second half when Nardin came roaring back, cut the lead to one point by the end of the third quarter 43-42, and then held SHA to 9 points in the fourth while they scored 11.
Head Coach Sister Maria Pares had 6 players who were injured or did not play from her squad of 13. The onus was on SHA's starting five to take on Nardin and basically play the entire game. Awilda Murphy and Sarah Young each scored 14 points and were the high scorers for both teams. Sarah also had 14 rebounds and 1 assist while Awilda had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Senior Chelsea Smith contributed 11 points with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 steals (half of the team 's 12 steals).
The Sharks' downfall could be pinned to their 16 free throw attempts. They only made six for 37.5%. Two more would have given them the win; they were shooting below their season free throw average of 61/96 or 63.5%.
Overall Record: 4-4 League Record: 0-1
Varsity Takes on State-Ranked Notre Dame of Utica
January 2: SHA 40 Notre Dame 65
Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares usually has Sacred Heart participating in an area holiday tourney over Christmas break, but not so this year. So in preparation for the anticipated January 3 matchup with rival Nardin Academy (a game which ended up being cancelled due to wind chill and rescheduled for January 11), SHA played Notre Dame (ranked fourth in the state in Class B) on January 2 with the Varsity squad discovering they were a bit rusty.
Sarah Young recorded a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) while Chelsea Smith put in ten points (including 2 three-point baskets) along with her 3 steals, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Jackie Adolf (8 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Julia Blujus (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) each hit two three-point baskets as well. SHA had 18 of their 40 points from the outer perimeter and shot 80% from the free throw line. Two players from Notre Dame had 20 points each and proved difficult to defend.
Overall record: 4-3
Last Second Heroics Give Varsity Victory #4
December 16: SHA 66 Mt. St. Mary 64
Senior Awilda Murphy understands the importance of making foul shots. Down by one point 63-64 in the waning fourth quarter, Awilda Murphy attempted a three-pointer and got fouled in the process. She went to the free throw line and sunk all three to give SHA the lead 66-64. Mt. St. Mary thought they would have one last chance to rally, but their inbounds pass was stolen by SHA Junior Maria Gabriele at midcourt to end the threat and Sacred Heart escaped with a victory in another very close game.
SHA's top four players were Awilda Murphy with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals; Sarah Young with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 1 steal; Chelsea Smith with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 steals; and Maria Gabriele with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
Overall record: 4-2
Back on Track -- Third Win of the Season
December 14: SHA 65 Christian Central Academy 52
Awilda Murphy and Sarah Young were the dominant offensive forces behind Saturday's 13 point victory over Christian Central Academy. Awilda Murphy sunk 4 three-point baskets on her way to compiling 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Sarah Young had the team high 10 rebounds to go along with her 13 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Chelsea Smith was a defensive threat as she grabbed 5 of the team's 14 steals, had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 8 points.
Overall record: 3-2
SHA Suffers Second Defeat versus Niagara Falls High School
December 12: SHA 52 Niagara Falls 63
Public school Niagara Falls was just too much for Sr. Maria's young, inexperienced Varsity squad. SHA fell behind early and was down by 10 points at half-time and 12 points by the end of the third quarter. Niagara Falls had three players who accounted for 47 of their 63 points, and SHA's defense could not seem to stop them until the fourth quarter.
It was Senior Chelsea Smith's turn to emerge as the top scorer for Sacred Heart. She put 17 points on the board along with 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Awilda Murphy scored 12 points with 1 assist and five of the team's ten steals while Sarah Young remained huge on rebounds with 13 to go along with her 9 points and 1 assist.
Overall record: 2-2
Tough First Loss for SHA's Varsity
December 11: SHA 52 Nardin 53 (Overtime)
Sacred Heart led in the first quarter 9-5, but then the Nardin Gators got their game going and held SHA to just 7 points in the second quarter while Nardin scored 14 big points and took a 19-16 halftime lead into the locker room. The third quarter looked alot like the second quarter with Nardin scoring 11 and SHA just 6; the Sharks found themselves behind by 8 points, trailing Nardin 22-30. Not giving up, the Varsity squad turned up the action in the fourth quarter and pumped in 22 huge points -- enough to tie the game at the buzzer 44-44, forcing overtime. Unfortunately, Nardin managed one more point than SHA in the extra period, and the Sharks experienced their first defeat of the 2013-14 season.
Eight players put points on the board. Sarah Young was top scorer with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists. Other SHA players scoring points were Julia Blujus (7), Awilda Murphy (6), Maura Tomm (6), Chelsea Smith (5), Jackie Adolf (4), Maria Gabriele (4), and Sarah Yeager (2).
Overall record: 2-1
Public School Giant Grand Island No Match for Sacred Heart in Pastor-Cooper Showcase
December 3: SHA 65 Grand Island 30
In previous years, Sacred Heart has been challenged by the public school teams they have faced in the Pastor-Cooper Showcase Tourney held at Daemen College. In fact, Grand Island has spoiled the season opener for SHA on more than one occasion. Not so this year, however. Sacred Heart zoomed out to a 21 - 7 first quarter lead, had a 30 point edge by half-time, and outscored Grand Island in every quarter but the fourth when the game was basically over to take a 35 point victory.
Ten players contributed in the win with three players: Awilda Murphy (14 points), Chelsea Smith (13 points), and Sarah Young (12 points) scoring in double digits. Sarah Young also had the team high 15 rebounds. Chelsea Smith, who had 5 of the team's 9 steals and the team high 4 assists, was named the game MVP.
Overall record: 2-0
Four-Time Defending Monsignor Martin Champions have New Look -- Barely Beat Tapestry in Season Opener
November 25: SHA 54 Tapestry 53
Head Coach Sister Maria Pares realizes this year's Varsity squad has a very different look from the previous teams who won the MML for four consecutive years. Co-Captain and Senior Chelsea Smith is the only returning starter from those glory years, but she is the "linchpin to the whole thing" says Pares. According to Sister Maria, "We're very young and inexperienced ... we're a work in progress."
Last season Sacred Heart faced Tapestry twice and walked away with two huge victories, one by a margin of 35 points and the other by 21 points. This season the Sharks had to overcome a seven point deficit in the fourth quarter to eke out the one point win. SHA shot 65% (13 of 20) from the foul line. Making a couple more of these would have made the victory a bit easier.
6'2" Sophomore Sarah Young was the driving force in the Tapestry upset. She topped the team with 19 rebounds and scored twenty points along with 3 assists. Junior Maria Gabriele scored 11 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Holy Angels transfer, Awilda Murphy, who averaged 14 points last season and earned All-Western New York honors, added 9 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists while 6"1" Sophomore Kathleen Ryan tossed in 9 points with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
Overall record: 1-0
February 12: SHA 33 Frontier 32
If SHA basketball fans were left wanting more suspense after Monday's win over Mt. St. Mary's, then they were in for a treat with the Sharks' final game of the 2013-2014 season vs. Frontier. Much like the Mt. St. Mary's game there were many lead changes throughout the contest, and once again Meara McCabe provided the Sharks with some instant offense off the bench. The game would again come down to the final possession with SHA needing a stop on defense. Frontier inbounded the ball with 11 seconds on the clock. Grace Windschitl was in perfect help position on defense and was able to disrupt a last second effort for a shot to preserve a 33-32 win for the Sharks!
Grace Galvin led the team in scoring with 8 points; Tayah Blackmon and Meara McCabe each finished with 7.
The Sharks finish the season with a 11-5 record overall, 6-1 in league play. Congratulations girls on a great season!
February 10: SHA 34 Mt. St. Mary's 33
In the final league game of the season Sacred Heart took on Mt. St. Mary's looking to avenge an early season loss. Mt. St. Mary's entered the game undefeated in league play, and the Sharks were looking to play the spoiler role. At the end of a very intense first half SHA had a slim two point lead.
Meara McCabe and Sarah Krieger provided a huge spark off the bench and were responsible for 6 of the team's 8 points in the second quarter. The second half continued to go back and forth, providing the fans with plenty of nail biting moments. The Sharks, ahead by 1 with only a few seconds on the clock, were able to come up with a defensive stop to seal the win 34-33. Great Win SHA!
February 4: SHA 34 Williamsville North 48
The SHA JV Sharks traveled to Williamsville North to take on the Spartans in a non-league contest. The Sharks would find themselves trailing at half time 18-15 after a back and forth 1st half. Williamsville North's aggressive defensive play began to wear down the Sharks in the second half, and the Spartans would go on to win by 14 points.
The Sharks had a very balanced scoring night with 8 different people scoring, led by Anna Yeager, Grace Galvin, and Mia DiFrancesco with 6 points.
January 29: SHA 43 Sweet Home 31
The Sharks keep on rolling with another great win over a scrappy Sweet Home team. The Sharks kept Sweet Home out of a rhythm offensively using a 1-3-1 zone defense. Leading the way on both ends of the floor was Mia DiFrancesco who played a great all around game with 9 points on offense and several rebounds and steals on the defensive end. Anna Yeager, Grace Windschitl, Grace Galvin, and Sydney Hurley each tallied 6 points. Hannah Miller, Alisa Schaefer, and Sarah Krieger all provided a good spark off the bench.
The Sharks are now 8-4 overall, 4-1 in league play.
January 27: SHA vs. Nichols
With their sixth consecutive win the JV Sharks have improved their overall record to 7-4. The Sharks used aggressive defense to force Nichols to commit many turnovers that led to easy baskets. There was some sharp shooting from Alisa Schaefer who finished the game with 6 points. Grace Galvin led all scorers with a season high 15 points. Great job, Sharks!
January 24: SHA 46 Nichols 26
The SHA JV Sharks traveled to Nichols for their 5th league game of the season. After a first half that ended with an 8 point SHA lead, the Sharks would wear the opponent down in the second half going on to a 46-26 victory. Tayah Blackmon turned in one of her better offensive performances of the season leading the team with 14 points. Hannah Miller and Mia DiFrancesco also chipped in with 6 points each. Meara McCabe and Julia Bartels contributed off the bench with 2 points each.
January 20: SHA 38 Niagara Catholic 3
Another great team effort leads to another SHA win as the Sharks improve to 5-4 overall, 3-1 in the league. The SHA defense held Niagara Catholic to only 3 points the entire game. Leading the way on offense was Anna Yeager with 8 points and Alisa Schaefer, Kristen Mirand, Sarah Krieger, and Sydney Hurley each with 4.
January 16: SHA 58 Health Science Charter 8
The SHA JV Sharks exploded with their largest offensive output of the season beating Health Science Charter School 58-8. Hannah Miller led the attack scoring 9 points, followed by Sarah Krieger with 8 and Mia DiFrancesco with 7. Meara McCabe, Julia Bartels, and Kristen Mirand played great scoring 6 points each. Great win, Sharks!
January 15: SHA 52 Buffalo Seminary 6
The Sharks piled on the points against Buffalo Seminary on 1/15 at Tapestry. Dominating the court and looking strong, the Sharks gained confidence as a team with almost every player on the team adding to the final score of 52-6. The leading scorer was Julia Bartels with 12. Tayah Blackmon added 10 points while Kristen Mirand and Mia DiFrancesco both scored 8 points. Way to go, JV!
January 13: SHA 34 Mt. Mercy 23
SHA would improve their overall record to 2-4, 1-1 in league play with a true team win over Mt. Mercy. The Sharks received contributions from every member of the team in a back and forth game. SHA made a change to full court man to man defense in the second half which proved to be the difference in the game as SHA outscored Mt. Mercy 26-11 in the final two quarters. Grace Windschitl, Anna Yeager, Sydney Hurley, and Mia DiFrancesco sparked the defensive effort for the Sharks causing multiple turnovers. Grace Galvin played her best game of the season scoring a season high 9 points and grabbing several rebounds while playing solid defense. Meara McCabe, Alisa Schaefer, Julia Bartels, Kristen Mirand, and Hannah Miller all provided very important minutes off the bench.
January 11: SHA 19 Nardin 28
For the second time this season SHA would take on their rival Nardin, and much like the first meeting Nardin would prove to be too much to handle for the Sharks. The Sharks were led in scoring by Tayah Blackmon who finished the game with 7 points. Even in a losing effort, Coach Groat believes that the team is playing hard and is showing signs of improvement.
January 2: SHA 25 Notre Dame 37
Despite a snow storm that nearly cancelled the game, Notre Dame from Utica was able to make the trip to Buffalo for the first game of 2014. Both teams showed signs of rust after a 2-2 tie through one quarter. Led by Grace Galvin with 7 points in the second quarter, SHA was able to end the half with a slim 15-14 lead. Notre Dame came out strong in the second half outscoring the Sharks 12-6 in the third quarter. Despite the great effort and hustle showed by the JV Sharks, Notre Dame would go onto win 37-25.
December 16: SHA 18 Mt. St. Mary's 33
The SHA JV was defeated for the second time this season with a hard fought 15 point loss to Mount St. Mary's 18-33. From the start of the game MSM used a full court press that was very effective in forcing turnovers. The Sharks struggled to make shots early in the game and found themselves in a hole at halftime trailing by fourteen point, 6-20. The Sharks were able to play a better second half being outscored by only 1 point (12-13), but the damage had already been done and MSM would go on to victory. Even in defeat there were many positives to take from this game as SHA showed improvement on defense and rebounding. Grace Galvin was the team's leading scorer with 5 points.
December 12: SHA 33 Niagara Falls 20
The SHA JV basketball team improved their record to 1-1 after a convincing victory over Niagara Falls. SHA got off to a fast start leading 17-4 at halftime. Niagara Falls began the second half showing signs of life, but the Sharks were able to squash the Wolverines' efforts and go on to win 33-20. The Sharks were led in scoring by Freshwoman Mia DiFrancesco with 10 points, followed by Sophomore Tayah Blackmon with 8 points and Sophomore Sydney Hurley with 6 points. Sophomore Kristen Mirand and Freshwomen Julia Bartels and Desyre Lee saw their first action of the season.
December 11: SHA 31 Nardin 38
The 2013-2014 Junior Varsity season opened with a hard fought loss to rival Nardin 31-38. After a slow start the Sharks dug themselves into a 9 point deficit going into the half. Midway through the 3rd quarter SHA used full court pressure to cut Nardin's lead to 20-24. In the end, Nardin continued to use their size advantage inside and went on to win the game.
The Sharks were led in scoring by Sophomore guard Sydney Hurley with 11 points; Sydney also demonstrated hard work with her defense and willingness to go after loose balls. The Sharks also had some sharp shooting from Freshwoman guard Mia DiFrancesco, who made the first 3 point shot of the season. Other key contributors were Sophomore starters Grace Windschitl, Grace Galvin, and Tayah Blackmon. Hannah Miller, Anna Yeager, Sarah Krieger, and Alisa Schaefer all provided quality minutes off the bench.
JV Team Service Project
Our JV team made fleece blankets for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House and delivered them on Friday, December 6th. The trip included a tour of the beautiful mansion on West Ferry Street.
Maureen Wopperer, Associate Director of the RMH, can be seen in the photo below with the girls accepting the blankets.
Pictured in front row left to right: Julia Bartels, Sydney Hurley, Alisa Schaefer, RMH Associate Director, Maureen Wopperer, and Kristen Mirand.
Second row: Grace Windschitl, Sarah Krieger, and Mia DiFrancesco.
Third Row: Desyre Lee, Hannah Miller, Grace Galvin, and Anna Yeager.
Missing from photo are Tayah Blackmon and Meara McCabe.