Debbie Henderson, Paul D. Schreiber '93, U. Mass-Lowell '97, has signed a professional women's basketball contract and is playing in Portugal (Madeira Island) for Clube Amigos do Bosquete.
After a very successful college career at U.Mass-Lowell in which Debbie became only the second female in Lowell history to surpass the 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound mark, her final total of 1104 rebounds is a school record for both men and women. She finished fourth on the all-time points list with 1182. In Debbie's four years, the Lowell Women's Basketball team went to the NCAA Division II Championships every year and in her senior year reached the finals in the East. Also in her final year, the Lowell team won a school record 25 games. She also accomplished the dubious feat of playing in every game in her career at Lowell, while also receiving her bachelor of science degree in nursing.
The Clube Amigos do Basquete team plays in the division A in the European Regatte Cup and also competes in the Portuguese Professional League.
After 18 games into the season Debbie is averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game while accepting the challenge of learning the Portuguese language and customs.
Ms. Henderson would like to continue her career in basketball by maybe someday playing back in the states. Good luck Deb.
The East Team, one of four sixth Grade St. Peter's CYO teams, had a very successful start to their 1997 - 1998 season by defeating Our Lady of Hope at Carle Place 40-25, on Nov. 20.
St. Peter's scorers were led by Yusuke Fukuda (10 points), Sam Eichner (9), and Nick Marmor (6). Louie Nees helped run offense in a game which saw St. Peter's ahead right from the start. Peter Guinnane chipped in with some fine rebounding work, and Michael Ryder and James Schaeffer had significant contributions on both ends of the floor. Everyone hustled and played as a team in a very well played game. Congratulations to all the kids!
Over the past several weekends the St. Peter's 5th Grade CYO team won three games and lost their first of the year. Against a strong St. Anne's of Garden City, the entire team participated in a 26-17 victory. The next day the team played what was suppose to be a more talented team from St. Anne's also. The St. Peter's girls showed up ready to play and jumped to a 22-2 half-time lead. Seven of 10 players scored and the team cruised to a 36-6 victory. The following weekend, with some of the girls "sleep walking," (there was a sleepover birthday party the night before) the team looked out of sync. Although St. Peter's was leading after 3 quarters, St. Mary's woke up and St. Peter's lost their first game of the year 22-20. This proved to be a very exciting game not only for the players but for the coaching staff and many of the parents too.
Finally this past weekend the girls traveled to Floral Park to play Our Lady of Victory-2. In the first quarter the girls came out aggressively but had a difficult time in having their shots go in. Fortunately strong defense was played and they had an 8-4 lead after the first period. In the second period although there was a lot of action on the court, St. Peter's did not score and found themselves trailing 9-8 at half-time and 15-14 after the third period. In the fourth period a full court press proved too much for OLV. The girls scored 15 fourth quarter points and ended up winning the game 29-26. The victory improved their record to 7-1 for the season.
Combined scoring totals for the last four games are: Laura Plominski, 36 points, Allison Rosenbluth 29 points, Halsey Diakow, 16 points, Leah Duranti, 14 points, Caitlin McBride, 8 points, Ali English, 6 points, Katie McManus, 2 points.
Jessica Dumpson, Erin Brown, Natasha Pulaski and Allison Rich are active members of the team and all play aggressive defense. The girls next game is away against an extremely strong OLV-1 team that has not lost yet this year.
This will prove to be a tremendous challenge for the girls. Coach Plominski has asked Coach Alfred K. Duranti to schedule an all night party for the OLV team the night before the game in hopes of slowing them down just a little. In an event, win or lose against OLV, the girls are having fun, every player on the team has improved over the last 3 months and has a much better understanding of the game.