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SEAS basketball season wraps up, girls A team wins championship

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The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton basketball season came to a satisfying end for the girls A team. The girls won the championship in the CAA class D division.

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The girls A team defeated SPA 23-11 in their second playoff game last week and capped off the season with a 29-27 championship victory over St. Patrick's on Sunday. St. Patrick's had defeated the Patriots three times during the regular season. Helen Petit led in scoring with 12 points, followed by Mackenzie Cadwell with 5 and Hannah Caturia with 4.

"Danielle Perra said at the beginning of the season that our team goal should be to get on the banner in the gym because no one had done that yet," said coach Cortney Cadwell. "So I was very happy that we were able to accomplish that goal. I am very proud of the girls for not giving up and battling hard in the playoffs. They easily could have decided to give up in the playoffs because they had a disappointing record going into the first game. They really worked hard and deserved to win the championship game. I am very proud and honored to be apart of their season. Congrats girls!"

Other SEAS teams also put in a good showing this year.

The girls C team "had a great season finishing with a respectable 7-8 record, especially considering we started as a very young, inexperienced team," said coach Rob Fritz. "The players quickly learned how to work together well and always played a fast paced, exciting style for the fans. All the players put in an excellent effort this year with special mention to the team scoring leaders, Alyssa Sturgeon, Laura Church and Eva Boncich."

The boys A team made some improvements this year.

"This season, Patriot basketball took a step in the right direction," said Coach Judd. "The boys A team won more games, took second place in the St. Pat's Tournament, and learned the value of quality effort both on the court and in the classroom. It is a lot of fun to coach 11 guys who all contribute to the team's success."

Finally, the boys B team gained valuable experience and saw improvements in its knowledge of the game and skill.

"Though undersized due to younger players playing up, the boys B team showed a vast amount of improvement throughout the season," said Coach Judd. "The highlight of the season would have to be the 1-point victory over Transfiguration, but in my view, the highlight for me has been watching these players grow and mature in their basketball knowledge and skill."

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