The St. Adelaide Cadet Red girls team won the North Shore CYO basketball championship and earned the right to advance to the state tournament which will be held in Milton over the next three weekends.
It would be hard to repeat last year's incredible success when Joy Wallace's team won the New England championship as Bantams. The core group is back along with some newcomers and have far exceeded anybody's expectations after moving up a level. All but two are seventh graders with only Sara Hosman and Sayo Falayi in the eighth grade.
During the regular season the team was 12-2 with a one-point loss to St. Joseph's of Medford and the other by two points to St. Francis of Medford. In the North Shore finals they trounced Winthrop, 41-20, after defeating St. Ann's of Peabody in the semifinal round.
"That's a newly formed, very tough St. Ann's team," said Wallace, who is assisted by Bill Gulla and John Hosman. "We beat them, 23-19 to get to the finals. We are a small team height-wise, but make up for that in speed and athleticism. Our press break is very hard to beat and causes numerous turnovers."
It is also a very balanced team led by high scorers Alyssa Alperen (88 points), Katie Wallace (86), Temi Falayi and Sara Hosman (69 apiece), and Marisa Tisi (58). Both Samantha Gulla and Lauren Wolff closing in on 50 points. Alperen is an outstanding three-point shooter while Wallace, Tisi, and Hosman are outstanding on defense. Alperin, Temi Falayi, and Sayo Falayi are counted on for rebounds. Gulla and Wolff do an excellent job as point guards.
The 12 seventh graders include Wallace, Gulla, Tisi, Alperin, Wolff, Temi Falayi, Carla Patania, Kelly Crotty, Alia Campagnone, Gianna DeNisco, Gianna Capo, and Caroline O'Neill.
It was a very good weekend overall for the St. Adelaide teams that are directed by Patty Brennan. Coach Mike Bain's Cadet White girls' team advanced to the North Shore playoffs but lost in the first round while his Bantam boys went all the way to the championship game before losing by three points.