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Postgame: Holy Trinity vs. Francis Lewis

Holy Trinity High School #23 Katherine Poppe, left,

Holy Trinity High School #23 Katherine Poppe, left, looks to get past St. Anthony's #1 Chastity Taylor in the second quarter. (Dec. 16, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Here’s some more insight from Sunday’s game between Holy Trinity and Francis Lewis at the JFK Challenge, which Francis Lewis won 52-41.

It was a rough day from start to finish for the Titans, the team started off shooting 1-for-8 from the field and trailed 13-5 after the first quarter. Katie Poppe hit a three-quarter-court bomb well after the buzzer sounded, which sums up the day for Holy Trinity.

Poppe (16 points) moved to the inside in the second quarter to try and give the Titans an inside presence and break through the Patriots 2-3 zone but it proved ineffective for the most part.

Francis Lewis led 24-16 at halftime but it did not feel that close. The score was 36-23 after the third as Poppe’s outside shoot struggles continued and she finished the game 5-for-19 from the field, including 0-for-10 from 3-point range, and 6-for-7 from the foul line.

Adding to the Titans woes was Kelly Carey’s (nine points) struggles from long-range as well as she was scoreless in the second and third quarters. Alyson Brennan added 12 points for Holy Trinity which falls to 13-5.

Holy Trinity coach John Scalfaro:

On the game:

It was a bad shooting performance but we also didn’t gut out hard work and attack the basket. When you’re not shooting the ball well on the outside you got to get it inside and we didn’t do it.

On moving Katie Poppe inside:

People don’t realize that she’s a strong kid, she’s got a big strong body and she’s a lefty inside so they’re always guarding her on the baseline side so when we put her in there she can catch it and turn right to the middle and get a quick shot up.


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