New York teams feels the sting of Hamilton’s Yellow Jackets


The Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets Under-14 girls basketball team over-powered their opponents in claiming the 17th Annual Great Lakes Invitational in Rochester, New York on the weekend (Nov. 22-24).

In winning all four of their games, the Blessed Sacrament girls outscored their opposition 246-57.

Blessed Sacrament’s team tradition is a pile-on picture after a victory. Team members include: Sanyu Rashford, Brianne Tulk, Lauren Dipietro, Alyssa Venneri, Malaina Moro, Mikayla Dalipe, Lauryn Bruzzese, Emma Holloway, Maya Swaby-Wallerson, Natalie Vigna, and Hannah Temple. Missing was Marina Floris, who was cheering her sister, Taylor, and the St. Thomas More Knights to a gold medal finish at the provincial high school basketball championship.  (Photo: Nancy Wilson-Blackley)

Blessed Sacrament’s team tradition is a pile-on picture after a victory. Team members include: Sanyu Rashford, Brianne Tulk, Lauren Dipietro, Alyssa Venneri, Malaina Moro, Mikayla Dalipe, Lauryn Bruzzese, Emma Holloway, Maya Swaby-Wallerson, Natalie Vigna, and Hannah Temple. Missing was Marina Floris, who was cheering her sister, Taylor, and the St. Thomas More Knights to a gold medal finish at the provincial high school basketball championship. (Photo: Nancy Wilson-Blackley)

Every player on the Hamilton squad had at least 10 points during weekend play. Top scorers were Emma Holloway with 45 points, Natalie Vigna with 40 points and Hannah Temple with 31 points. Mikayla Dalipe not only had 23 points but was a powerhouse on the glass ripping down numerous rebounds as the Yellow Jackets employed a defensive full court press that was intensive and virtually impossible to beat forcing their opponents to take time outs to re-evaluate.

Offensively, the girls hit many mid-range jump shots and knocked down a half dozen three-pointers. Combined with a fast-break finesse and passing the ball with force from rebound to basket without the ball even hitting the floor, Blessed Sacrament dominated the court in each game.

The team opened tournament play with a 55-13 win over St. Pauls from Oswego, N.Y., and followed that with a 58-17 victory over Eastside Basketball out of Rochester, N.Y. Penfield Youth from Penfield, N.Y., was next to fall, 61-19, before the Yellow Jackets took the championship with a convincing 72-8 decision over HFL Cougars from Lima, N.Y.

Blessed Sacrament is now 9-0 this season and takes to the court on Dec. 6-8 in the Scarborough Basketball Tournament.