Philadelphia High School Basketball
Girls Catholic League Champions

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  Girls basketball became an official Catholic League sport for the 1944-45
school year. Listed below are champions through 1966 and recaps of championship
games from 1967-forward. Complete information is not available for some
seasons/games and some sources conflict with others. PLEASE speak up
if you can provide corrections/additions. (Note: Notre Dame was located
in Moylan, Delaware County. It closed in 1981.)

Thanks for the help -- Linus McGinty, Dave Kelly, Pat Biello, Adam
Buchter, Dolores Martino, Diane Gerace, Joe Crawford, Linda Genther,
Trish Dade, Sheila McNamee, Eileen Rafferty Rullo, Jim Rullo,

West Catholic's 1944-45 team . . . The Catholic League's first girls basketball champions.
Front row, L to R -- Patricia McCaffrey, Rosemary McGranery, Margaret Finegan, captain Mary
Shreiner, Margaret McKinley, Teresa Morning, Helen Devlin.
  Second row, L to R -- Susan Lee, Dolores Harding, Virginia Chapin, manager Teresa Finegan,
Margaret Cantwell, Emily Maida, Dorothy Corey.
  The coach was Jim Bonner.

  **List of championship coaches at bottom of page.**

1945 -- West Catholic
1946 -- West Catholic
1947 -- Hallahan
1948 -- Hallahan and West Catholic, co-champs
1949 -- Hallahan and West Catholic, co-champs
1950 -- Little Flower
1951 -- Notre Dame
1952 -- Little Flower
1953 -- Litlle Flower
1954 -- Hallahan (won playoff with West Catholic to break tie for first)
1955 -- Notre Dame
1956 -- Hallahan
1957 -- Hallahan
1958 -- Little Flower
1959 -- Notre Dame
1960 -- Notre Dame
1961 -- Prendergast
1962 -- Little Flower
1963 -- Prendergast
1964 -- Notre Dame
1965 -- St. Hubert (regular season ened in three-way tie; St. Hubert won playoff over Notre Dame after ND beat Little Flower)
1966 -- Little Flower

At. St. Joseph’s College
  O’Hara 49, St. Hubert 37: The Lionettes, in just their second season of varsity competition, captured the title under coach Edith McGarry as Kathy Baraldi (15) and Chris Fricko (12) led the way. Fricko raised her season point total to 204. Peggy Blohm was next with 189 and Maura Camino contributed 164. O'Hara and Notre Dame tied for first in the South at 9-1, then the Lionettes, at Ridley High, won the showdown, 52-40, for the right to meet SH.

At the Palestra
O’Hara 32, St. Hubert 23: The Lionettes repeated as the champ, under first-year coach Mary Ann Nespoli, despite having lost five of the team’s six starters to graduation (and all players but one, overall). Terry Shank, in her first game back from a broken collarbone suffered in January, paced this win with 14 points. This was the first time a school won the boys and girls championship in the same season. Joanne Boris and Sue McMonigal evenly divided 16 points. Carol Larkin was a crafty ballhandler.

At the Palestra
O’Hara 50, Ryan 48 (OT): Terry Shank accounted for 16 points and her field goal, followed by Diane  Mackey’s free throw, made the difference as O'Hara again claimed the trophy. Jo Ann Borio (14) and Carol Larkin (12) also reached double digits, as did Ryan’s Pat Smith (19) and Mary Jean MacCauley (17). Mary Ann Nespoli (nee Lombardo) was again the coach.

At the Palestra
West Catholic 31, St. Hubert 22: In a game dominated by defense, West recorded six blocks. Its points were scored primarily by Jackie Johnson (11), Robin Borlandoe (10) and Lucille Lyons (eight). Police temporarily closed down Chestnut Street so the players, from the team bus, could interact with fans who were walking to the Palestra.
  *It appears this was the last season when teams had six players on the court at the same time -- two guards, two forwards and two rovers. West's starters: Forwards Jackie Johnson and Robin Borlandoe, guards Connie Law and Joanne Poles, rovers Lucille Lyons and Dolores Martino. The latter still has the Palestra net.*

At the Palestra
Prendergast 45, St. Hubert 37: Marianne Crawford scored 19 points for Prendie, which waved bye-bye to a 21-17 halftime deficit. Crawford earned first team All-Catholic honors for coach Barbara Mooney, as did Marsha Gehring and Regina Goldschmidt.

At the Palestra
Prendergast 44, Ryan 33: Marianne Crawford powered Barbara Mooney's Pandas to their second consecutive championship by pouring in 20 points. She also hustled for six rebounds and four assists. Help came from Marsha Gehring, who scored six more points than the number of stitches in her hand (five). Foul trouble hampered Prendie in the second quarter and the Ragdolls edged within 20-19 at halftime. Strong defense by Crawford and Gehring enabled the lead to grow to 40-29 after three.
At the Palestra
Ryan 49, Carroll 35: Debbie Bodnar racked up 15 points and Joann Prendergast claimed 14 rebounds as the Ragdolls won their first championship after dropping finals in 1971 and '72. Prendergast and Denise Kenney halved 22 rebounds. Sue Ann Garrity scored 11 points for Carroll, which missed 16 consecutive shots from the floor in the second quarter.

At the Palestra
Carroll 58, Ryan 48: Though they trailed early by 11 points, the winners roared to victory with a 37-20 second half. The leaders were Barbara O'Rourke (19 points, 21 rebounds) and Mary Sue Garrity (also 19 points). Chris McGoldrick claimed 11 rebounds. Carroll coach Sue O'Grady was a member of Immaculata's first national championship team in '72.  Michelle Lonergan (16) and Denise Kenney (15) topped the Ragdolls.

At the Palestra
Ryan 40, Prendergast 36: Before the start, Ryan coach Angie Scarengelli predicted her team would fare well if Denise Kenney "gives us her usual 22-point game." Kenney managed "only" 20, but hit two late free throws and grabbed 17 rebounds to capture the crown. Tony Wynn's jumper put the Ragdolls ahead for the first time at 31-29. Debbie Descano (16) and Cathy Corrigan (10) led Prendie.

At St. Joseph's College
Goretti 42, Ryan 41: Correctly guessing that soph star June Olkowski (18 points) would be swarmed, coach Judy Galligan called upon Bess McGinn to take the shot when the Marianettes faced a late one-point deficit. Bingo. McGinn took a inbound pass near midcourt, dribbled to the key and nailed a jumper. It was her first shot of the second half. Ryan (Jane Beisel 14) could not get off a last shot and experienced mighty, game-long  struggles (7-for-29) at the foul line.

At St. Joseph's College
West Catholic 61, Ryan 46: Twins Mary and Patty Coyle combined to shoot 12-for-19 from the floor in the first half as the Burrmaids powered their way to a 32-16 lead. Mary finished with 26 points. Patty had 21. West's starting lineup also included Kathy, the twins' older sister. Jane Beisel (16) and Trish Carey (14) led Ryan.

At St. Joseph's College
  Goretti 58, St. Hubert 36: All-American June Olkowski turned in a monster performance, garnering 19 points, 20 rebounds and five assists. Helen Dean shot 9-for-15 from the floor while adding 25 points. The Marianettes won the second half, 32-13. Afterward, Olkowski cut down the net and gave it to good Bambie friend Kathie Beisel with the hope she'd give it to sister Jean, a co-captain. Kathie and Terry Mackin halved 22 points.

At St. Joseph's University
Carroll 68, St. Hubert 58: Ann Troyan sniped 8-for-14 and 11-for 14 for 27 points while also dishing seven assists as Carroll lifted its record to 22-0. Sandy Ranieri added 15 points and sub Mary Beth Rogers, sister of former Carroll star Joe, contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Kathie Beisel (17) and Gina Tobin (13) led SH in points. Kathy Razler (11) and Maryanne Bense (10) were tops in rebounds.

At St. Joseph's University
  McDevitt 46, Carroll 38: Despite being stalked by a box-and-one defense, senior Nancy Bernhardt, a transfer from Wood, managed to offer 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists to give coach Steve Porth, a former McDevitt player ('76) and Hawk Hill senior, the victory. The title was the Lancers' first in sports aside from boys cross country and track and was preceded by a four-overtime win over St. Hubert in the semis. Porth was hired as coach in the midst of the '79 season, after the previous coach was dismissed. Bernadette Dolan (17) shot 7-for-10 from the floor and Trish Brown snagged 10 boards. Jesse Dunne (15), Sarah Sullivan (11, nine rebounds) and Mary Beth Rogers (six assists) paced Carroll.

At St. Joseph's University
St. Hubert 66, Carroll 40: Three Carroll starters incurred three personal fouls in the first quarter and the romp was pretty much assured. Kathy Razler shot 6-for-8 and 15-for-19 for 27 points and fetched 12 rebounds. Ronnie Smyth added 12 apiece of points/boards. No one reached double figures for Carroll, which shot 15-for-63 from the floor. The Bambies were 30-for-45 at the line. As Connie  Barr, coach Connie Fennell was a key member of St. Hubert's 1965 CL champs.

At St. Joseph’s University
Wood 42, Goretti 36: Six-seven Linda French, whose 7-foot dad, Bill, played for Roman, totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. She posted two rejections down the stretch and Debbie Black (12) went 5-for-6 at the line. Goretti received 12 points from Lorraine McGirt.

At. St. Joseph’s University
Prendergast 43, Dougherty 37: After the win, coach Bucky Gill followed through on his preseason we-win-it’s-gone promise by shaving his beard. Liz Connahan collected 12 points and the last of her 13 rebounds was followed by a clinching three-point play. Sue Kilroy had 12 points, nine boards. Colleen O’Neill (12) and Joan Koebert (10) led Dougherty. Prendie and its next-door brother school, Bonner, captured matching championships.

At St. Joseph’s University
O’Hara 52, Wood 49: In the second year of her third stint as a Catholic League coach, Mary Ann Nespoli (nee Lombardo) captured another championship. Barbarann Keffer totaled 14 points and five assists while Marie McLaughlin scored 12 points and hit a clinching free throw at 0:11. Karen Keane saved 11 points and five rebounds for the second half. Wood’s Debbie Black hustled and bustled for 11 points, seven rebounds, nine assists.

At. St. Joseph’s University
Prendergast 51, Wood 38: Helen Koskinen (14 points) sniped 10-for-10 at the line in a 21-14 fourth quarter and, on several occasions, was a whirlwind dribbler while keeping the ball away from the Vikings. Kelly Eckardt made nice contributions (eight points, five boards) in 20 minutes off the bench. Wood’s leaders were the Greenberg gals, sisters of former La Salle star Chip. Kathy had 16 points. Kelly logged three apiece of assists/steals.

At St. Joseph’s University
  McDevitt 45, Prendergast 32: Second-year coach Tom Lonergan received multi-pronged help from Ro Magarity (14 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks) and the Lancers bid adieu to a 36-36 tie by starting the fourth quarter with an 11-2 spurt. Jenny McGowan finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds. Prendie franchise Helen Koskinen managed 14 points, but was only 5-for-23 from the floor.

At St. Joseph’s University
  McDevitt 56, Carroll 38: Cindy Anderson bagged 17 points, seven assists and a second consecutive championship and, this time, one of her former teammates was a sister-in-law, Kate Logan (’86). In December of this season, Cindy’s brother, Mike, married Kate’s sister, Jackie. The Lancers (24-1) seized command with a 10-0 run, fueled largely by Ro Magarity (15 points), Anderson and Jenny McGowan, to start the third quarter. Lynn Dougherty (25) paced Carroll.

At St. Joseph’s University
  McDevitt 63, Prendergast 34: The Lancers stormed to their third consecutive championship after losing the first quarter, 11-10. Jenny McGowan scored 14 points while Joyce Dimond and Stephanie Mason added 12 apiece. McGowan, Dimond and fellow senior Ro Magarity, all three-year starters, finished 46-1 in Catholic League competition for coach Tom Lonergan. Melissa Pantalone (11) topped the Pandas.

At St. Joseph’s University
Dougherty 66, O’Hara 62: The Cardinals captured the crown by tallying the final seven points over the last 1:23 and Maureen Dolphin (27 points, five assists) converted a clinching one-and-one at 0:04. Audrey Codner had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Patti Lynn grabbed the same number of boards. O’Hara was led by Stacie Keffer (15), daughter of coach Jack Keffer.

At the Palestra
  Dougherty 59, Prendergast 51: Audrey Codner had quite the weekend. On Saturday, she traveled to Lehigh University and took first place (37-2) in the shot put in the CL’s girls track championships. In this one, played on Sunday, she swept 24 rebounds (18 past halftime, all but two of her team’s 20) as the Cardinals won their second straight title. She also had 11 of her 16 points after Prendie built a a 25-19 halftime lead. Kristen Sullivan (20) and Pat Andris (12) aided the Cards’ cause. Prendie’s Michele Thornton hit two treys en route to 26 points.

At the Palestra
O’Hara 72, McDevitt 54: Stacie Keffer hustled for 15 points, four assists and six steals to give her dad, Jack, the title. Chrissie Donahue helped O’Hara, which trailed by one point at halftime, with 15 points, 10 rebounds. Katie Wolfe (17) and Amy Gottschalk (12) paced the Lancers.

At the Palestra
O’Hara 84, St. Hubert 48: The Lions frolicked as Chrissie Donahue bagged 25 points and nine rebounds and received scoring help from Stacie Keffer (20, 4-for-5 on treys) and Marnie McBreen (16). Stacie was playing her last game for her dad, Jack. Jen Beisel tallied 22 points by Jen Beisel and Susan Glenning’s 12-point outing lifted her career total to exactly 1,000.

At the Palestra
O’Hara 68, McDevitt 54: The Lions finished a 28-0 season by capturing their third consecutive championship and established command by rolling to a 23-7 start. Chrissie Donahue shot 5-for-7 and 10-for-10 for 20 points. Ann Gallagher (14) also nailed all 10 of her free throws. McDevitt was led by Shannon McGowan (21 points, 19 rebounds) and Katie Wolfe (20, three assists) and used a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter and create partial drama.

At the Palestra
  McDevitt 45, O’Hara 40: Frosh Jen Zenszer collected 17 points (12-for-16 at line), eight rebounds and helped to limit frosh sensation Kristen “Ace” Clement, plagued by foul trouble, to two points. Katie Wolfe, the North MVP for the second consecutive season, added 11 points, five assists and four steals. She also drained four consecutive free throws in the final minute. The first half was quite the mess – 20 turnovers, 9-for-62 (14.5 percent) from floor. O’Hara’s Jodi Jancosko scored 16 points.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 51, Carroll 38: Expecting not to play due to the flu, Brandi Batch agreed to give it a whirl three minutes into the game and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Kristen "Ace" Clement notched seven of her 19 points near the end of the third quarter after Carroll, previously coached by first-year O'Hara boss Linus McGinty, moved within one point. Carroll, which received 11 points from Mimi Riley and 12 rebounds from Mary Anne Kirsch, daughter of coach Barry, did not notch a field goal in the fourth stanza until 0:32 remained.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 76, Carroll 58: Slowed by an early ankle injury, junior Kristen "Ace" Clement still finished with 27 points (highlight: 13 straight free throws) and raised her career total to a school-record 1,474. Brandi Batch hit for 15 points while the Halpin twins, Tricia and Kelly, combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds. Carroll’s Karen Culbertson contributed 20 points.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 68, McDevitt 35: Kristen "Ace" Clement collected 27 points, six rebounds, two apiece of assists/steals . . . and snipped the final six loops of the net. She made her final three shots, a two and two threes, while finalizing her career point total at 2,256. The Lions went 54-2 in her last two seasons and 95-17 in all four. Brandi Batch (12 rebounds) saved all 10 of her points for the second half. Trish Juhline (nine points) and Kate Cullen (eight) halved 14 boards. McDevitt received 16 points from Jen Zenszer and 10 from Megan Hagerty.

At the Palestra
West Catholic 60, O’Hara 37: The Burrmaids led throughout while becoming just the fourth CL champ from inside the city limits over 20 seasons. Rashana Barnes exploded for 20 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks. Marisa Satchell (17 points, 19 boards) was in the same neighborhood. O’Hara scored no field goals over the final 6:25. Trish Juhline had 13 points.

At Temple University
  O'Hara 71, Carroll 62: Karyn Connors performed a miracle before the game -- amazed the crowd by playing the Star-Spangled Banner on her saxophone -- and then shot 5-for-8 from the floor and line while scoring 15 points. Trish Juhline added 21 points and eight rebounds while Amy Dessart Mager managed 15-seven in those same categories. Despite missing nine minutes due to foul trouble, Carroll’s Cherrise Graham poured in 33 points and packed 19 into the fourth quarter while rallying her team within six points.

At Temple University
Carroll 52, O’Hara 42: Cherrise Graham was again a beast, and this time the reward was a title. She scored 22 points and jammed 11 into the last quarter after incurring her fourth personal foul. Mary Beth Culbert posted 14 of her 16 points into the first half and Maura McBryan saved all eight of hers for the second half. Jen Kozlowski (14) led O’Hara.

At Temple University
Prendergast 44, O’Hara 42: The Pandas sniped 19-for-20 overall at the line and hit 10 in a row down the stretch to win their first championship since 1986. Erin Healy scored a career-high 17 points and saved 13 for a 29-22 second half. Michelle Halligan and Heather Jones halved 20 points. O’Hara’s Kate Dessart Mager racked up 17 points. Maggie Griesser was fouled at 0:00.6 while attempting a trey. She missed the first free throw and the celebration was on.

At St. Joseph's University
  O'Hara 39, Prendergast 20: The Lions rolled to a 9-1 advantage in the first quarter and coasted from there. Kate Dessart Mager snatched 13 rebounds and shot 8-for-13 en route to 16 points while sub Lisa Claxton (her brother, Speedy, played that season for the 76ers) had 11 points and four assists/steals. Point guard Christine Burbidge also dished four dimes . . . and attempted no shots. This game featured clashing Scanlon twins: Catherine for O'Hara, Christen for Prendie. They scored two points apiece. For Prendie, only Carlene Hightower (11) tallied more than four points.

At Saint Joseph’s University
Carroll 36, O’Hara 35: After Andrea Peterson canned a free throw with 5.3 seconds remaining, then missed the second, O’Hara’s Heather Scanlon grabbed her 13th rebound and passed ahead for a 23-foot, buzzer-beater that did not connect. Sheila Gallagher had 11 points for Carroll, which finished the season with no one averaging double digits. O’Hara’s Kristina Gienitis also scored 11 points.

At La Salle University
Carroll 56, O’Hara 33: This rout was quite the surprise as the teams split their regular season meetings and Carroll won the points battle by only 90-87. Andrea Peterson had 10 points, six assists, three steals and many dives to the floor in pursuit of loose balls. Brooke Cornish added 15 points and five blocks while Enonge Stovall, sister of future NFL player Maurice Stovall, had 10 points and eight boards. Dominique Kidd (10) reached double figures for O’Hara.

At Saint Joseph's University
  O'Hara 47, Carroll 39: The Lions stormed back from a 29-16 halftime deficit to rock the team that had bested it twice during the regular season . . . and in the last two finals. Heather Scanlon contributed 14 points and seven rebounds while Lisa Claxton's 11-point outing featured 9-for-10 marksmanship at the line. No one scored in double digits for Carroll.

At Saint Joseph's University
  O'Hara 45, Neumann-Goretti 41 (OT): Meghan Gardler was a whirlwind with nine points, eight rebounds, seven blocks and three apiece of assists/steals. The Lions won the second quarter, 15-2, and regulation ended at 40-40. Heather Scanlon also made significant contributions (15 points, eight boards). N-G’s Gloria Brown hustled for 13 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks.

At the Palestra
Carroll 48, Wood 35: Megan Pearson (12 points) provided major momentum shortly into the fourth quarter by burying a three-pointer. Wood, which received 16 points from Taylor Peltzer, had moved within 32-26. Carroll went 13-for-16 at the line to Wood’s 5-for-11 struggles.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 48, Carroll 45: The win was preserved when Natasha Cloud blocked a desperation trey near midcourt. Carroll had bounced back after recording no field goals in the first nine minutes. Steph Holzer stood tall with 14 points and 17 rebounds while Alysha Womack had 13 points. Megan Pearson (14) and Kerri Shields (nine) topped Carroll.

At the Palestra
Carroll 35, Wood 22: Kerri Shields managed to contribute eight points, six rebounds and two assists in this low-scoring affair and created a six-point lead by hitting three free throws and a shot from behind the arc. Sister Erin Shields (mom Renie was assisting coach Chuck Creighton) had four points and three steals. Ashley Robinson notched 14 of Wood’s 22 points while claiming 18 rebounds.

At the Palestra
Carroll 51, Wood 37: Erin Shields opened the scoring by hitting three consecutive treys and finished with 20 points (lifting her career total above 1,000) as Carroll triumphed again. Jen Carney provided major help with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. The Patriots attempted no field goals in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points at the line. Wood’s Samantha Greenfield had 10 points.

At the Palestra
Wood 33, Carroll 31: Taylor Kaminski, 0-for-5 on the night, took a pass from Tori Arnao, drove the baseline past two defenders and deposited a perfect layup with three seconds remaining. Carroll then missed a halfcourt shot. Wood returned 14 of its 15 players from the 2010 squad. Arnao had seven points, six boards. Meghan Creighton (11) and Sarah Curran (10, six rebounds) paced Carroll.

At the Palestra
Carroll 40, Wood 38 (OT): The teams’ fourth consecutive championship-game battle was won thanks largely to Meghan Creighton, daughter of coach Chuck Creighton. She had 16 points and held her breath until a last-second shot by Jackie Pierson thumped off the front of the rim. Sarah Curran was again a factor with eight points and seven rebounds. Wood’s Taylor Kaminski outscored sister Jess, 8-7.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 31, Wood 25: The Lions scored the first seven points and never trailed. Rachel Guy went 8-for-10 at the line and hit two clinchers with 5.6 seconds remaining. The win was dedicated to the memory of George Rule. He passed away nine days earlier and his daughter, Mackenzie, was the point guard. "No one fights alone" was printed on purple T-shirts. Madison Tamburini managed eight points for Wood.

At the Palestra
Neumann-Goretti 55, Wood 46: Ciani Cryor, who in 2013 won a Public League championship at Prep Charter, offered 12 points, seven assists and five steals, and hit two free throws to make it a three-possession game with 44.2 seconds remaining. The crown was the first for N-G (nee St. Maria Goretti) since 1978. Sub Alicia Kebbe scored 17 points by shooting 7-for-9 and 3-for-5 on three-pointers. Wood’s Bailey Greenberg, daughter of former La Salle star Chip, matched that shooting/points performance.

At the Palestra
Neumann-Goretti 50, Wood 45: The Saints won their second consecutive title and Ciani Cryor (13 points, six apiece of assists/steals) was again the leader. Sianni Martin chipped in with 11 points and drilled a three-pointer to create a late, five-point lead. Bailey Greenberg (24) again led Wood.

At the Palestra
Wood 40, Neumann-Goretti 36: N-G was forced to wave bye-bye to a 53-game winning streak as Bailey Greenberg (16) and Cassie Sebold (10) led the way. Though Wood led throughout, the Saints thrice advanced within one point over the final 4:30. A 4-for-6 performance at the line over the last 38.6 seconds sealed the deal. Alisha Kebbe (13) topped the losers.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 35, Wood 30: Sub Lauren Leicht hit a field goal with 2:50 left to put the Lions ahead for good at 29-27. Hannah Nihill finished with 13 points. The crown was O'Hara's 10th in 20 seasons. Wood was able to regroup after Kenzie Gardler drilled a trey off a feed from Mary Sheehan to make it 18-11. Cassie Sebold (eight) topped Wood.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 54, Neumann-Goretti 39: The Lions were losing, 30-21, with three-plus minutes left in the third quarter. No sweat. They stormed to 33 of the final 42 points thanks in large part to Maura Hendrixson, who scored 17 of her 26 points in the second half. Kenzie Gardler offered 17 points and eight rebounds while Molly Paolino hustled for four steals. For N-G, Dajiah Parmley mixed 10 points with eight boards.

At the Palestra
Carroll 48, Wood 42 (OT): Erin Sweeney won it by scoring seven of her 18 points in the extra session, which started with a triple by Wood’s Lindsay Tretter. Harlem Jennings (15) and Grace O’Neill (13) also reached double figures. Wood’s Kaitlyn Orihel forced OT with a layup and finished with 15 points.

At the Palestra
  West Catholic 65, Wood 60 (OT); After creating a 56-56 tie by sinking two free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Destiney McPhaul opened the extra session with a top-of-the-key trey and the Lady Burrs soon were ending a 22-year title drought (after 21 between '77 and '98). They also made Beulah Osueke the first African-American to win a CL hoops crown, female or male. McPhaul shot 10-for-22 (three treys) and 7-for-8 for 30 points while Ciani Montgomery (16) and Tamiah Robinson (14) offered much help. Montgomery also had seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. McPhaul's 30 points were the most in a CL girls final since Cherrise Graham scored 33 for Carroll in a losing effort in 1999. Kaitlyn Orihel (23) and Izzy Larsen (20, 14 rebounds) were stellar for Wood, which was making its 11th final appearance in 12 years.

At Carroll
  Wood 56, O'Hara 48:
Ryanne Allen finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and her step-back trey to end the third quarter created quite the stir while providing a six-point cushion. Kaitlyn Orihel saved all 12 of her points for the second half and Bri Bowen finished with 15. Maggie Doogan topped O'Hara with 15 points. Carroll was chosen as the site because the CL, greatly hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, decided not to hold the usual girls/boys doubleheader at the Palestra.

At the Palestra
  O'Hara 55, Carroll 30: The Lions avenged -- and then some -- a 10-point loss to Carroll in the regular season by winning a CL crown by the largest margin since O'Hara smoked McDevitt, 68-35, in the 1997 final. Maggie Doogan, daughter of coach Chrissie Doogan, hustled for 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists and briefly owned more points than Carroll, at 17-16. Frosh Molly Rullo totaled 11 points and eight rebounds while Annie Welde added nine points. Rullo's late grandfather, Jerry, played for the Philadelphia Warriors team that won the first BAA (early version of NBA) championship in 1947. Her dad, Jim, is the coach at Neumann University. As Chrissie Donohue, Maggie's mom powered O'Hara to three CL titles (1991-93), scoring 60 total points in the championship games. Her outstanding La Salle career earned her a berth in that school's Hall of Fame. Welde's dad, Jim "Goose" Welde, coached his alma mater, Bonner, for nine seasons through 2005 and started for CL champs in '83 and '84. Grace O’Neill scored nine points for Carroll, which shot 10-for-32 from the floor.


Coaches of the Champions . . .
1945 West Catholic Jim Bonner
1946 West Catholic Jim Bonner
1947 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves
1948 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves


West Catholic Jim Bonner
1949 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves


West Catholic Jim Bonner
1950 Little Flower Dan McNichol
1951 Notre Dame Betty Bissinger
1952 Little Flower Dan McNichol
1953 Little Flower Mary Carroll
1954 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves
1955 Notre Dame Vivian Carson
1956 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves
1957 Hallahan Peg Daley Papieves
1958 Little Flower Marita Byron
1959 Notre Dame Mary Ann Lombardo
1960 Notre Dame Mary Ann Lombardo
1961 Prendergast Helen Dunigan
1962 Little Flower Marita Byron
1963 Little Flower Marita Byron
1964 Notre Dame Mary Ann Lombardo Nespoli
1965 St. Hubert Maryanne Weed
1966 Little Flower Marita Byron
1967 O'Hara Edith McGarry
1968 O'Hara Mary Ann Lombardo Nespoli
1969 O'Hara Mary Ann Lombardo Nespoli
1970 West Catholic Dolores Purcell
1971 Prendergast Barbara Mooney
1972 Prendergast Barbara Mooney
1973 Ryan Angie Rosella
1974 Carroll Sue O'Grady
1975 Ryan Angie Rosella Scarengelli 
1976 Goretti Judy Galligan Breslin
1977 West Catholic Dolores Purcell
1978 Goretti Judy Galligan Breslin
1979 Carroll Ann "Muffet" O'Brien McGraw
1980 McDevitt Steve Porth
1981 St. Hubert Connie Fennell
1982 Wood Ellen Fitzkee
1983 Prendergast Bucky Gill
1984 O'Hara Mary Ann Nespoli
1985 Prendergast Lou Alleva
1986 McDevitt Tom Lonergan
1987 McDevitt Tom Lonergan
1988 McDevitt Tom Lonergan
1989 Dougherty Rich Kirk
1990 Dougherty Rich Kirk
1991 O'Hara Jack Keffer
1992 O'Hara Jack Keffer
1993 O'Hara Jack Keffer
1994 McDevitt Tom Lonergan
1995 O'Hara Linus McGinty
1996 O'Hara Linus McGinty
1997 O'Hara Linus McGinty
1998 West Catholic Maureen Ward
1999 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2000 Carroll Barry Kirsch
2001 Prendergast Tom Stewart
2002 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2003 Carroll Barry Kirsch
2004 Carroll Barry Kirsch
2005 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2006 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2007 Carroll Barry Kirsch
2008 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2009 Carroll Chuck Creighton
2010 Carroll Chuck Creighton
2011 Wood Jim Ricci
2012 Carroll Chuck Creighton
2013 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2013 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2014 Neumann-Goretti Letty Santarelli
2015 Neumann-Goretti Andrea Peterson
2016 Wood Mike McDonald
2017 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2018 O'Hara Linus McGinty
2019 Carroll Renie Shields
2020 West Catholic Beulah Osueke
2021 Wood Mike McDonald
2022 O'Hara Chrissie Doogan


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