Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
- 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: Sr. Maria Pares (Head Coach)
- Varsity Assistant: Debbie Laux
- JV: Evan Groat, Gina Ricotta '07 (assistant)
- Freshwomen: Sam Arena '08
- Villa Maria College Athletic Center
2012-13 Season Highlights
Lady Sharks Lose in Class A Semifinal to Nazareth
March 8: SHA 53 Nazareth 70
Sacred Heart travelled to downstate NY, specifically to Long Island, to face the Brooklyn/Queens diocese winner, Nazareth. Nazareth won the Federation title in 2012 as a Class AA team so the Lady Sharks knew they were facing a tough opponent. SHA kept pace with Nazareth through the first half. The third quarter was the difference when a 22-8 scoring spurt for Nazareth was too much for SHA.
Senior Co-captains Hannah Rehbaum and La'Trice Hall led the team with a combined 36 points. Along with her 10 rebounds Hannah led all scorers on both teams with her 22 points while La'Trice added 14 points and 6 rebounds. The loss ended Sacred Heart's season at 25-3.
"We had a wonderful season," said Head Coach Sister Maria Pares. "They have nothing to be ashamed of."
How Sweet It Is!!! Lady Sharks 4-Peat and claim MML Championship for the Fourth Consecutive Year with Huge Upset of Undefeated Cardinal O'Hara
March 1: SHA 53 Cardinal O'Hara 32
It was an upset in the making. The last time these two teams met on February 5, both were undefeated.
On that date Cardinal O'Hara ruined SHA's prospect of a perfect season by giving them their first loss after 17 consecutive victories. This time, with the MML Championship on the line, it was SHA's turn to be the spoiler. The Lady Sharks gave Cardinal O'Hara its first loss of the season, and the game was not even close perhaps because of the time the team spent studying film about Cardinal O'Hara's defense. SHA knew just what to expect, and it paid off. At half-time the score was 24-18 in SHA's favor. With a 19 point spurt in the third quarter while holding O'Hara to a measly 6 points, it was suddenly a 19 point lead for the Lady Sharks: 43-24. From that point on, it was clear the Monsignor Martin Championship belonged to Sacred Heart for the fourth consecutive year. How sweet it is!!! Congratulations, ladies!!!!
The top two scorers for SHA were La'Trice Hall with 18 points followed by Kelly Farrell with 13.
Co-Captain La'Trice Hall takes it to the rim for two points.
Co-Captain Hannah Rehbaum scores.
Both Sacred Heart and Cardinal O'Hara advance to the New York State Catholic Championship in downstate New York. The Lady Sharks will play in the Class A semifinal at 5:45 pm on Friday, March 8, at St. Dominic's School on Long Island against the Brooklyn/Queens diocese winner. Cardinal O'Hara will play in the Class B semifinal on March 9 at 3 pm against the New York City champion at Cardinal Spellman. The Final is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at 5 pm at Cardinal Spellman.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 25-2 overall.
#2 Sacred Heart Beats #3 Holy Angels to Advance to March 1st MML Championship Game against #1 Cardinal O'Hara
February 26: SHA 47 Holy Angels 44
Holy Angels made it a game or rather Jontay Walton of Holy Angels with her 27 points gave SHA cause to worry.
Sacred Heart led by one point at the end of the first quarter 10-9. By half-time the score was tied at 22 all. Holy Angels caught fire in the third and went up by six over the Lady Sharks, 36-30. The fourth quarter was SHA's turn, and they punished their opponents by putting in 17 points while the defense kicked in and held Holy Angels to 8 points. Senior Co-captains La'Trice Hall (15 points) and Hannah Rehbaum (10 points) were top scorers for the Lady Sharks.
Next up is the anticipated rematch against undefeated Cardinal O'Hara at 7 pm at Canisius College's Koessler Center.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 24-2 overall.
Easy Victory in MML Quarterfinals Playoff Advances SHA to Semi-Finals at Canisius College
February 23: SHA 68 Mt. Mercy 19
With SHA's 21-0 first quarter lead, Mt. Mercy never had a chance in this game. The half-time score was 34-3. It was not until the third quarter that Mt. Mercy came alive and managed to score eleven points. By that time the game was out of hand as the Lady Sharks breezed to a 49 point victory.
Nine players scored for Sacred Heart: La'Trice Hall (12 points), Hannah Rehbaum (10 points), Kelly Farrell ( 10 points), Kathleen Ryan (9 points), Sarah Young (8 points), Chelsea Smith (7 points), Gabby Marquis (6 points), Maria Gabriele (4 points), and M. C. Duggan (2 points).
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 23-2 overall.
Varsity Squad Finishes Season with 14-1 MML Record
February 20: SHA 58 Nichols 37
Sarah Young was top scorer with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. La'Trice Hall was close behind with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 8 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 22-2 overall, 14-1 in MML.
Easy MML Victory for Lady Sharks
February 18: SHA 59 Mt. Mercy 19
Kelly Farrell and La'Trice Hall tied as SHA's top scorers with 14 points each. Sarah Young pulled down the team-high 10 rebounds while Kathleen Ryan had 8 rebounds. Six players recorded steals with Chelsea Smith accounting for 4 steals of the team's total of 13 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 21-2 overall, 13-1 in MML.
Lady Sharks Suffer Second Defeat at Lockport Kiwanis Tournament -- Weekend of February 15-16
February 15: SHA 46 Lancaster 32
The first quarter was tied 7-7 between SHA and Lancaster, and these two teams appeared to be an even matchup in the Lockport Kiwanis Tournament. By half-time the Lady Sharks were ahead by 8 points 20-12, and it looked like the game would be all Sacred Heart the rest of the way. However, Lancaster came alive in the third quarter scoring 13 points while holding SHA to 6 points to bring the game back in their court down by only one point, 25-26. SHA responded by pouring it on in the fourth quarter with a twenty point spurt while defensively holding Lancaster to 7 points making the final score a respectable 14 point victory. The Lady Sharks made 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and were 11/14 for the game.
La'Trice Hall scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Kelly Farrell had 10 points with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Chelsea Smith scored just 4 points, but she had a team-high 7 steals to go with 4 assists and 1 rebound.
February 16: SHA 43 Lockport 47
SHA had only 8 active players for this tourney with 5 players injured or not playing from their squad of 13.
It was Lockport's Tournament and they borrowed a SHA trick by coming out strong in the first quarter to take a quick 12-6 lead over the Lady Sharks. SHA dominated the second quarter and pulled within one point by half-time 23-24. It was a see-saw battle between the two teams in the second half. Lockport had lost to #1 Small School Cardinal O'Hara the night before so they were pumped up to exact revenge on SHA, and they came out the victor by a four point margin. SHA has now lost just 2 games this season (to Cardinal O'Hara and to Lockport -- both of which are currently ranked #1 in the Small and Large School categories). SHA with an overall record of 20-2 is at the #2 spot in the Large School poll right behind Lockport.
Hannah Rehbaum scored 17 points with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. La'Trice Hall scored 11 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
SHA Comes Out on Top for Victory #19
February 13: SHA 53 Nardin 29
La'Trice Hall recorded 10 rebounds and 5 assists while leading the team with her 14 points. Hannah Rehbaum had 6 rebounds and 3 assists with her 10 points. Chelsea Smith played an outstanding game defensively recording 9 of the team's 19 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 19-1 overall, 12-1 in MML.
Varsity Rebounds from Loss with 60 Point Win
February 6: SHA 78 Niagara Catholic 18
Four SHA players were in double digits for this runaway victory over Niagara Catholic, and 12 players scored for SHA. Maria Gabriele put in 12 points with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Hannah Rehbaum had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Kelly Farrell recorded 5 rebounds and 1 assist to go along with her 10 points. La'Trice Hall also had 10 points as well as 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Sarah Young scored 9 points. Julia Blujus had 6 points with an impressive 5 steals. Chelsea Smith had 5 points with 4 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 18-1 overall, 11-1 in MML.
SHA's Varsity Suffers First Loss of Season at Hands of WNY's #1 Small Team, Cardinal O'Hara
February 5: SHA 55 Cardinal O'Hara 57
The anticipated matchup of WNY's two undefeated teams, top-ranked small school Cardinal O'Hara versus top-ranked large school Sacred Heart, was as exciting as expected. Unfortunately, Cardinal O'Hara's two point victory dashed SHA's hopes for a perfect season.
For the first time this year the Lady Sharks had to fight to stay close as they trailed Cardinal O'Hara by 6 points after the first quarter (11-17) and by 7 points at half time (22-29). The momentum changed in the third quarter with SHA taking a 2 point lead (42-40) before O'Hara hit a three pointer to put them back on top 45-42 at the start of the fourth quarter.
SHA had the opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but Senior La'Trice Hall's buzzer shot bounced off the rim. La'Trice played a stellar game scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Julia Blujus hit four three-pointers and one two-pointer for 14 points to go along with her 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares said it was a good win for O'Hara, but she hopes the loss will help her team refocus.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 17-1 overall, 10-1 in MML.
Varsity Basketball Continues to Dominate MML with Perfect 10-0 Record
January 30: SHA 44 Mt. St. Mary's 36
La'Trice Hall scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Kelly Farrell accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 17-0 overall, 10-0 in MML.
January 28: SHA 68 Nichols 39
The co-captains took charge in this game. Hannah Rehbaum came up big for the Lady Sharks with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. La'Trice Hall scored 10 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Chelsea Smith played a strong game defensively and led the team with 5 steals of the 16 steals recorded by the Lady Sharks.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 16-0 overall, 9-0 in MML.
Holy Angels is No Problem This Time Around
January 25: SHA 73 Holy Angels 29
Three SHA players scored in double figures in this 44 point victory over rival Holy Angels. La'Trice Hall was top scorer with 22 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. Kelly Farrell put in 11 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. Sarah Young had 10 points with 8 rebounds. Chelsea Smith, back court expert, once again recorded the most steals (5) of the team's 11.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 15-0 overall, 8-0 in MML.
Chalk Up Victory #14 for SHA's Varsity
January 23: SHA 64 St. Mary's of Lancaster 15
Four Lady Sharks were in double figures in this 49 point blowout game over St. Mary's: Hannah Rehbaum (13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), La'Trice Hall (11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals), Kelly Farrell (10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal), and Sarah Young (10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist). Chelsea Smith only had 3 points, but her 9 steals, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds were huge.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 14-0 overall, 7-0 in MML.
SHA Keeps Winning Streak Alive by Breezing to Thirteenth Consecutive Victory
January 21: SHA 75 Buffalo Seminary 12
Setting the pace with a potent 30-0 first quarter, the Lady Sharks kept Buffalo Seminary off balance. The score was 48-2 at half-time as SHA's defense continued to perplex their opponent. Sarah Young was top scorer with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Hannah Rehbaum added 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. La'Trice Hall put in 14 points and recorded the team high 12 rebounds to go with her 4 assists and 2 steals. Julia Blujus accounted for only 2 points but her 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals made the difference as did Chelsea Smith's 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 13-0 overall, 6-0 in MML.
#1 Sacred Heart Remains Perfect with Another Win over Visiting Aquinas
January 18: SHA 54 Aquinas (Rochester) 32
In past years Section V Aquinas provided SHA with an exciting contest which Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares always hoped would help her team be better prepared for future MML opponents. This year, however, SHA has walked all over the Little Irish sweeping them twice this season with a December 16th victory in Rochester and now a January 18th win at home. While the Lady Sharks ended up the victors by 23 points Sr. Maria Pares still did not feel her team looked as sharp as they could. She said after the game: "I wasn't real happy with the way we played, but I'm hard to please and I will remain that way." Of course, she has expectations of this team going all the way this season. Being ranked as the #1 Large Team in Western NY since Game 5 supports the notion that this team has what it takes to win it all.
The Lady Sharks held Aquinas to just 7 points in the first half.
La'Trice Hall had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Hannah Rehbaum (6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals) and Kelly Farrell (7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals) each added 12 points as well. Chelsea Smith contributed 10 points (one basket was a 3-pointer) and 3 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 12-0 overall, 5-0 in MML.
Eleventh Consecutive Win for Varsity Basketball
January 16: SHA 59 Christian Central 30
Jumping out to a 22-8 first quarter lead helped the Lady Sharks preserve their perfect season when they faced Christian Central.
Three SHA players were in double figures: Chelsea Smith (14 points), La'Trice Hall (11 points), and Hannah Rehbaum (11 points). Chelsea Smith also had the team high 10 assists and 10 steals while Kelly Farrell recorded the team high 10 rebounds. With a balanced offensive scheme, eleven players contributed points in this eleventh victory.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 11-0 overall, 5-0 in MML.
Fourth MML Victory for #1 Sacred Heart
January 14: SHA 56 Mt. St. Mary 30
The Lady Sharks held Mt. St. Mary's to just one point in the first quarter with their defense while they jump-started their own offense scoring 24 points. At half-time it was a 26 point lead for the Lady Sharks: 37-11. This SHA squad is really well-tuned and making Head Coach Sr. Maria Pares extremely happy.
Hannah Rehbaum led all scorers with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. La'Trice Hall pumped in 12 points and recorded a team high 10 rebounds. Chelsea Smith contributed 10 points with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 10-0 overall, 4-0 in MML.
Winning #9 is a Breeze for SHA Varsity
January 9: SHA 76 Tapestry 41
In their second meeting this season, Tapestry once again fell victim to SHA's tenacious defense and potent offense. Back on December 14 the Lady Sharks had a 21 point margin of victory. This time around it was 35 points!
The first quarter set the tone as SHA led by 24 points: 34-10. By half-time it was still a 24 point margin with the score at 44-20.
La'Trice Hall almost recorded a triple double as she scored 19 points, had 10 rebounds, and managed a whopping 9 steals. Hannah Rehbaum scored 11 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Sarah Young (freshwoman) had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 9-0 overall, 3-0 in MML.
Third MML Victory for Lady Sharks
January 8: SHA 55 Mt. Mercy 26
The Lady Sharks got off to another early lead by scoring fourteen points in the first quarter while shutting down Mt. Mercy's offense to zero points. Chelsea Smith and La'Trice Hall led all scorers with 11 points each. Chelsea Smith also recorded the team high of 7 steals while La'Trice Hall had the team high of 7 rebounds.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 8-0 overall, 3-0 in MML.
Varsity Basketball Gets Challenge from Holy Angels, Salvages a MML Win with Second Chance Rebounds
January 4: SHA 55 Holy Angels 49
Looking at the final score does not reveal just how close this game was for the Lady Sharks who had not been challenged by any team this season prior to this game. In fact, almost every game so far has been a blow-out; the Lady Sharks had not been pushed to reveal their true potential. This game, however, had them reaching for the stars; their tenacity in the fourth quarter, pulling down essential rebounds to give themselves second chances at the basket, made the difference.
The first quarter looked like the typical SHA game with the Lady Sharks going out to an early sizable lead, 19-4. The second quarter caught everyone by surprise when Holy Angels pumped in 25 points to SHA's 16. SHA still had a 35-29 half-time lead, but this quickly disappeared in the third quarter when it was all Holy Angels outscoring SHA 14-5 to make up their 6 point deficit and to go ahead by 3. So with the game at 43-40 in Holy Angels' favor by the end of the third, the fourth quarter was the deciding factor. SHA answered the call with 15 huge points while holding Holy Angels to 6 points.
La'Trice Hall (15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals) and Hannah Rehbaum (11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals) were two of SHA's key players in this huge comeback win.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 7-0 overall, 2-0 in MML.
Lady Sharks Earn First MML Victory against Nardin
January 2: SHA 60 Nardin 36
With three SHA players scoring 13 points or more, the Lady Sharks had no problem earning their first MML victory against rival Nardin. They led 31 - 18 at half time. Nardin did outscore the Lady Sharks in the third period 15-13, but SHA came back with a ferocious fourth quarter racking up 16 points while holding the Gators to just 3 points.
La'Trice Hall (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals), Hannah Rehbaum (14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal), and Kelly Farrell (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal) were SHA's top three scorers. Chelsea Smith (4 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals) along with teammate Kayla Burt (7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals) provided the necessary defensive punch to ensure the victory.
SHA's Varsity record now stands at 6-0 overall, 1-0 in MML.
Sacred Heart with 5-0 Record is Ranked as the #1 Large School Team in Western New York
December 19: SHA 75 McKinley 35
Gearing up for the Monsignor Martin League opener against Nardin at Canisius High School on January 2, 2013, SHA roared past McKinley and coasted to a 40 point victory before Christmas break. Fantastic player chemistry, solid teamwork, and the Lady Sharks' tenacious defense have been the major components of their success.
Seniors La'Trice Hall (15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals) and Hannah Rehbaum (13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal) accounted for 28 of the team's 75 points. Twelve of the thirteen team members put points on the board. Sister Maria Pares has taken a very talented team to the next level.
Overall record: 5-0
Fourth Consecutive Double-Digit Victory for Lady Sharks
December 16: SHA 61 Aquinas (Rochester) 33
Head Coach Sister Maria Pares likes to get her team ready for the season by scheduling top-notch opponents from around New York State. This year she once again got Section V Rochester Aquinas to play the Lady Sharks on a Sunday in Rochester; Sr. Maria Pares called the Aquinas win the best game her team has played all season. The Lady Sharks posted a 20-5 lead over Aquinas by the end of the first quarter so it was not surprising that they ended up winning by 28 points.
All thirteen team members played for Sacred Heart with the scoring spread around. Seniors La'Trice Hall and Kayla Burt led the team with 12 points and 10 points respectively. La'Trice also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 7 steals while Kayla accounted for 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Overall record: 4-0
Non-League Tapestry Falls - Victim of Lady Sharks as They Record Third Victory
December 14: SHA 70 Tapestry 49
The Lady Sharks continue to astonish their non-league opponents by jumping out to big leads early on. They had a 24-9 advantage over Tapestry at the end of the first quarter, and they kept the pressure on for the rest of the game to win by a 21 point margin. Senior La'Trice Hall was SHA's leading scorer with 19 points as well as 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Senior Hannah Rehbaum put in 12 points (two treys) with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Junior Chelsea Smith was also in double digits with 10 points plus 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Senior Kayla Burt recorded the team-high 7 steals with 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 points.
Overall record: 3-0
Grand Island is No Match for SHA's Super Varsity Squad
December 10: SHA 61 Grand Island 41
Seniors Hannah Rehbaum and La'Trice Hall led the Lady Sharks to a 20 point victory over Grand Island. Hannah accounted for 15 points (including two treys), 5 steals, and 3 rebounds while La'Trice had 10 points with 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Both were perfect from the free throw line as well.
Overall record: 2-0
SHA's Varsity Cruises to First Major Victory of 2012-13 Season at Pastor-Cooper Memorial Showcase
December 5: SHA 69 Iroquois 42
Everyone knows the Pastor-Cooper Memorial Showcase held each year at Daemen College signals the official beginning of the basketball season. Some of the best teams in Western New York are pitted against each other creating very entertaining and exciting games to watch. The previous two years Sacred Heart found themselves staring at an 0-1 record after this tournament with both losses attributed to Grand Island, one of WNY's large public school powerhouses at the time.
This year the Lady Sharks faced another public school giant, Iroquois, but with totally different results. Sacred Heart had the upper hand from the get go. They stormed out to a 21-7 first quarter lead which became 40-15 at half-time and never looked back. The final score was a 27 point rout with Senior La'Trice Hall (who earned game MVP honors) leading the scoring with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Senior Kayla Burt's contribution of 11 points included three treys, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Senior Hannah Rehbaum put in 8 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Sophomore Maria Gabriele also had 8 points with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Junior Chelsea Smith was especially strong on defense with her team high 6 steals. Iroquois never knew what hit them. Head Coach Sister Maria Pares was quite pleased with her team's efforts and played all thirteen members.
As three-time defending Monsignor Martin Champions, Sacred Heart looks to go all the way again this year with a squad that has the chemistry to be one of the best teams the school has seen.
Overall Record: 1-0