“That was the big turning point,” said Wallace. “We went on a run and led, 39-29, going into the fourth quarter.”
The only points St. Pius could muster in that final frame came on a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Falayi finished with 11 points for St. Adelaide, Katie Wallace had six, and cousins Marisa Tisi and Gianna Capo chipped in with two apiece. Lauren Wolff, Kelly Crotty, Carla Patania, and Alia Campagnone all contributed to the big win.
In the quarterfinals St. Adelaide’s pulled out a close win over four-time Vermont state champ St. Francis of Burlington. Gray had 12 points with two treys while Gulla had 7 points and went 3-for-4 at the line. Falayi (6), Tisi (4) and Wallace (3) also helped lead the Peabody squad to victory.
In the semifinals against a very tall St. Theresa’s of Bridgeport, Conn. club, the locals won, 36-26, by using their speed and athleticism. Gray again led the way with 15 points, including a pair of treys, while Wallace made all three bombs she attempted in an 11-point, 3-steal performance. Gulla finished with six points while Falayi had four points and 10 rebounds. Alperen also was strong on the boards with eight while Tisi had three steals, and Wolff added four assists.
St. Adelaide’s won its league, then took the state championship before finishing up with a great performance at New Englands.