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Aquinas Girls Basketball Win Section V Title

By on March 20, 2018
Front Row:  Julie Sonricker, Isabelle Schifano, Ayanna Sampson, Chanel Alexander, Liv Clemente, Michaela Conti
Back Row:  Coach Anthony Damore, Head Coach Mark Loria, Nia Williams-Matthews, Christina Gillan, Kayla Jackson, Erica Knapp, Marisa DelCorvo, Coach Jason Hinchcliffe and Coach Rob Cont

Front Row:  Julie Sonricker, Isabelle Schifano, Ayanna Sampson, Chanel Alexander, Liv Clemente, Michaela Conti Back Row:  Coach Anthony Damore, Head Coach Mark Loria, Nia Williams-Matthews, Christina Gillan, Kayla Jackson, Erica Knapp, Marisa DelCorvo, Coach Jason Hinchcliffe and Coach Rob Cont

Aquinas Girls Basketball Overcome Adversity to Win Section V Title

It’s been 6 years since the AQ Girls basketball team has taken a Section V crown. On Saturday, March 2nd they won their sectional game defeating Honeoye Falls Lima 57-52.  AQ Senior, Kayla Jackson from Greece scored 22 points and was named A2 Tournament MVP. She picked up her fourth foul when there was less than 2 minutes left in the game.  AQ freshman Chanel Alexander was sent in and she dominated the remainder of the game scoring 10 of her 14 points in the 4th quarter helping bring AQ to their title win.

Mark Loria is the head coach for Aquinas Girls Basketball. He started coaching at AQ 2 years ago after coaching 5 years for East Rochester girls’ basketball where he is also a Special Education teacher. Previously Loria coached 15 years as a football coach. “I love coaching at high school level,” Loria said.

Loria, reflecting on the AQ season said, “We overcame a lot of adversity and that is what I am most proud of.”  Loria’s team is very young. Aside from the 3 seniors, the team was comprised of 4 freshman (Chanel Alexander of Rochester, Julie Sonricker and Isabelle Schifano both of Greece, and Marisa DelCorvo of Hilton), 3 sophomores (Nia Williams Matthews of Rochester, Michaela Conti of Greece, and Olivia Clemente of Chili), and 1 junior (Christina Gillan of Rochester).

The team and coach overcame significant adversity throughout their season from injuries to family losses. Loria himself recently lost his Dad to cancer. Senior, Ayanna Sampson of Chili was suffering from 2 ACL tears and had surgery prior to the season.  Loria was proud to see how hard Ayanna worked to battle back to play a great season helping bring the team to the title win. Erica Knapp, an AQ senior from Chili, was AQ’s best shooter and she also overcame her injuries this season. Knapp is going on to MCC to play both basketball and Lacrosse. Kayla Jackson the teams MVP will be going on to play D1 basketball at UMBC. Despite the physical and emotional adversities throughout their season according to Loria, “They learned some of the greatest lessons of life-How to persevere and overcome.”

AQ season ended Tuesday, March 6th when they were defeated by Class A1 champions Pittsford Mendon. Pittsford Mendon 55-Aquinas 30.  Aquinas concludes the season at 17-7.

Front Row:  Julie Sonricker, Isabelle Schifano, Ayanna Sampson, Chanel Alexander, Liv Clemente, Michaela Conti Back Row:  Coach Anthony Damore, Head Coach Mark Loria, Nia Williams-Matthews, Christina Gillan, Kayla Jackson, Erica Knapp, Marisa DelCorvo, Coach Jason Hinchcliffe and Coach Rob Cont

Front Row:  Julie Sonricker, Isabelle Schifano, Ayanna Sampson, Chanel Alexander, Liv Clemente, Michaela Conti
Back Row:  Coach Anthony Damore, Head Coach Mark Loria, Nia Williams-Matthews, Christina Gillan, Kayla Jackson, Erica Knapp, Marisa DelCorvo, Coach Jason Hinchcliffe and Coach Rob Cont