by Tom Utescher
After being on a downward spiral for the past several years, the Hatboro Horsham Summer Basketball League has finally disappeared altogether, leaving Mount St. Joseph Academy to focus all of its attention on the Lou Cappiella League, in which games are played outdoors at Roxborough’s Kenrick Recreation Center.
In prior years, Mount St. Joe sent only JV players and incoming freshmen to Kenrick until the Hatboro league was finished, but with more varsity athletes participating from the get-go this summer, the Magic will certainly be favored to retain their 2011 league title.
Their Cappiello opener last Wednesday evening was a case in point, as the Mounties uprooted Little Flower Catholic High School, 50-3. A new member of the league should make things more competitive for the Magic; one of their own Catholic Academies rivals, Villa Joseph Marie, has joined the ranks in Roxborough.
In addition, former Cappiello participant Nazareth, another Catholic Academies outfit, has returned to Kenrick after sitting out in 2011. The girls of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, who played together in the league for several years, are not participating this summer, largely due to commitments to their AAU club teams.
Mount St. Joe started last Wednesday’s game without its two returning starters, rising juniors Alex Louin and Carly Monzo, and the Magic’s sixth man from last year (and a starter when Monzo was injured), senior Meg Geatens, was off playing AAU ball.
A free throw by Colleen Steinmetz and field goals by fellow junior Gen Hagedorn and sophomore Katie Maransky got the Magic off to a 5-0 start before Little Flower made a mark on the scoreboard with a lone foul shot. Junior Regan Gallagher and senior Adrienne Cellucci joined in on the scoring, and the count was 15-1 when Louin arrived on the scene.
Things didn’t get much better for the Sentinels, although they did score a field goal off of a rebound in the final minute of the first half, making it 26-3 at the intermission.
As in the first half, Steinmetz opened the scoring for Mount St. Joe when the second period got underway. This time there would be no scoring by Little Flower to punctuate the series of MSJ points. The Sentinels actually rebounded decently, especially on the offensive end, but they kept coming away empty on their put-backs.
Hagedorn finished with 11 points and Louin had 10 for the winners, who got seven apiece from Cellucci and Maransky. The Magic also marked down six points for junior Jenny Geatens (Meg’s sister), five for Steinmetz, and four for Gallagher.