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The St. Peter's CYO seventh-grade girls' basketball team won the Long Island Division Championship. The team, coached by Phil Rybecky and his assistant coach Rob Weinstock, won the title by beating an undefeated team from the Infant Jesus Parish in Port Jefferson. The victory by St. Peter's capped off a spectacular season for the team. They finished first in league play with a 12-0 record and added three more victories in the playoffs to end the season with a perfect 15-0 record.

The girls have played together for the past three seasons and worked very hard since September to reach the championship game. Teamwork was the key all year with all 11 players contributing to the success of the team. Defense was the team's strength, as St. Peter's allowed their opponents only five first-half points in both the semifinal and final playoff games while their unselfish passing game resulted in easy baskets.

Throughout the season everyone played hard and had an important role on the team. The offense was well balanced, led by the outside shooting of Ariana Spagna, Hayley Kerr and Jessie Quinn. Brittany Crimmins and Amanda Edwards provided points driving to the basket, while Emily Tierney and Grace Weinstock rebounded and scored the tough points underneath the basket. Katie Cornell and Kaitlyn Brown kept the offense going with their playmaking ability. The defense was led by Chrissy Commons and Liz Rybecky, who put relentless pressure on their opponents all season forcing numerous turnovers.

The team took advantage of their speed and played a fast-paced game. They used a pressure defense to keep their opponents off balance, which provided St. Peter's with many scoring opportunities. The team started the season with 11 talented players and through hard work ended the season with one talented team.


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