The St. Louis de Montfort girls’ 7th grade Catholic Youth Organization basketball team finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record and went undefeated in the postseason as well to capture the Long Island championship title.
In the finals, the girls defeated St. Raymond’s of East Rockaway, 28-20.
Throughout the season, the girls were spirited and supportive of one another. The team was successful, according to coach Steve Molinaro, because of its tough man-to-man defense and the players’ unselfishness and patience on the offensive end of the court.
The St. Louis de Montfort team realized this season could be a special one when it defeated previously unbeaten the St. Matthew of Dix Hills team by 10 points before a packed gym in a very competitive setting.
What makes this accomplishment more noteworthy is that the girls competed in the seventh-grade league, even though the majority of the team is in sixth grade.
The team of Miller Place girls, which is also coached by Bob Steele, was led by leading scorer Alexa Corbin. Leading the team in rebounds were Lauren Molinaro and Lizzie Doherty. The team’s point guard was Andie Mott. Hitting shots from the gap were Emily Steele and Abby Beers, and leading the team’s tenacious defense was Bridget Nielsen, Emma LaMountain, Amelia Angelo and Jordyn Bloom. Leading the team in spirit was Sierra Gray.