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First CYO diocesan hoop title for St. Greg’s girls

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The St. Greg’s girls were up for the challenge led by Emily Harms’ hard-charging fast breaks, Theresa Quinn, Erin O’Mahoney, Caity Brandt, Dana Guintini in the back court and Courtney Hanson, Celine Ferguson, Megan Concannon, Meghan Hill and Justine Kinsky defending the basket.

It was classical to have Snows and Greg’s in the final. The parents from both teams came out and cheered and wooed the kids as the points dropped in, and they held onto their seats as the seconds of each quarter closed. You could feel the tension and excitement and sense that both groups of parents knew either could go home with or without the title.

These teams were closely matched and at times the foul shots looked like they could determine the outcome of the game. But Saint Gregory’s took the lead early on and managed to stay the course, with Snows battling back each time. Speed and defense were key in the win.

This championship game at Christ the King turned a page in history for Saint Gregory’s Athletic Program. Coach Charlie Harms and Don Hill looked relieved after the game and acknowledged that their team was the first in the girls’ program at Saint Gregory’s to claim a basketball diocesan championship title.

As the girls signed the basketball for coach Harms and warmer thoughts of softball season turned into laugher and chatter, the Girls Sports Program at Saint Gregory’s in Bellerose has moved a significant step further. For this bantam team they are undefeated softball champions, volleyball champions and now the triple crown, diocesan CYO basketball champions.

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