Gorynski scores 1,000th point as St. Francis falls to Bergtraum

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There was little to celebrate for the St. Francis Prep girls’ basketball team Sunday, as the team was trounced by defending public league champ Murry Bergtraum, 65-43, but there was a silver lining.

Senior guard Dawn Gorynski became the third female player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark during the loss, joining Christy Steingasser and Kelly Fitzpatrick in the exclusive club. Gorynski, a Bayside native, led the Terriers with 20 points.

It was the second such landmark in recent weeks for the Terriers, who also played their way to head coach Tom Finn’s 100th career win Dec. 19 against Bishop Ford.

But there would be no such victory Sunday.

“They’re good, there’s no doubt about it,” Finn said of Bergtraum, runners-up in the state federation tournament a year ago. “They’re a very athletic league. This is the best team they’ve ever had. They’re 10 deep, they’re athletic and tall.”

Prep was also playing with the team’s second leading scorer, senior captain Erin White, who is on the “disabled list” with mono.

“She’s an integral part of the team,” Finn said of White. “We needed all of our weapons and we needed to play our best game. We didn’t have or do either. We didn’t play up to our ability.”

The Terriers did, however, get a nice performance out of sophomore Susan Divald, who came off the bench to score 10 points and grab six rebounds.

Crystal McFadden led Bergtraum with 15, while former Christ the King standout Chanell Moore added eight.

Bergtraum improved to 14-1 with the win, while the Terriers fell to 8-2 overall.

“You get better by playing better competition,” Finn said. “That’s why we have them on our schedule.”

St. Francis’ schedule gets no easier this week, as they play a non-league match Wednesday against The Peddie School of New Jersey and travel to take on defending CHSAA champions Christ the King Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Mary Louis Academy 74, Bishop Loughlin 57. Donna Lohrey paced the Hilltoppers with 31 points, while Liz Strein added 17 in a league win for Mary Louis, now 2-3.

St. Francis Prep 58, Bishop Ford 24. Four Terriers scored 10 points as the team remained perfect in league play, moving to 3-0.

Christ the King 66, Molloy 34. The Royals romped in front of more than 500 fans Saturday, racing out to a 25-8 lead after the first quarter and 43-13 at the half. Cigi McCollin led the way with 13 points, followed by Shay Doron and Candice Lindsay with 10 apiece. The Royals improved to 7-1, while the Stanners dropped to 9-3.

Bishop Ford 56, St. John’s Prep 41. Lora Morton led the Red Storm with 10 points, but it was not enough to overcome Bishop Ford. Patricia Lyons paced the winner with 30 points. St. John’s Prep fell to 6-3 overall with the non-league loss.

St. Francis Prep 60, The Mary Louis Academy 44. Gorynski powered the Terriers with 18 points Friday against league foe Mary Louis, while Elizabeth Yuneman and Caitlin Kennedy added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Lohrey led the Hilltoppers with 15.

Reach Sports Editor Anthony Bosco by e-mail at or call 229-0300, Ext. 130.

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