Jan 23, 2007 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
By winning three times in four days, the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball team demonstrated that it could respond to a defeat quite well.
And while this was going on, Amanda Billy was busy piling up points, inching toward a bit of personal history.
This all climaxed Saturday night, in the fourth quarter of the Brothers’ 69-27 romp over Phoenix in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge at Onondaga Community College.
Even though the game was well in hand, Billy remained on the court, for good reason. When she (fittingly) sank another of her trademark 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, she had reached 1,000 career points.
The game was stopped, as fans and players from both side gave Billy a standing ovation and head coach John Niland handed her the ball with which she made her historic shot.
It provided a glorious climax to a stretch of play where CBA found a way to establish its authority over OHSL Freedom division foes.
Following a 9-0 start, the Brothers saw its dreams of an undefeated season quashed on Jan. 14, when it lost to Catholic Central (Albany) in the finals of the Lourdes Tournament in Poughkeepsie.
There was little time to feel down, though, for the by the time CBA met Phoenix, it would have played six times in 10 days, its busiest stretch of the season.
In the immediate follow-up to the Catholic Central defeat, CBA stepped out of league play last Wednesday night by riding a big second quarter to a 61-47 victory over Rome Free Academy.
Though the defending Section III Class AA champions, the Black Knights had struggled with graduation losses and a coaching change, bringing a 4-8 record into this game.
Despite that, RFA led 17-15 after the first quarter — but all that did was trip the CBA alarm, as the Brothers closed the half on a 20-6 run and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
As Billy settled for a modest total of 11 points, three of her teammates — Sarah Paulus, Leanne Ockenden and Kayla Stroman — earned 13 points apiece. Ockenden hit on three 3-pointers. Nadia Medmoune, with 12 points, paced RFA’s attack.
Up against Homer on Friday night, the Brothers were far from sharp, mostly relying on its defense to roll past the Trojans 51-26.
The Brothers’ offense didn’t do much in the first half, but it moved out in front by holding Homer to two points in the second quarter. A 22-point eruption in the third quarter made things smoother.
Billy finished with 15 points to set up her big moment against Phoenix. Ockenden matched Billy with three 3-pointers and had 11 points overall, while Paulus gained nine points and Nikki Works had six points.
As for the Phoenix game itself, Billy finished with 18 points, with Paulus (13 points), Stroman and Ockenden (11 points) all hitting double figures, too.