The St. Theresa girls basketball team capped a hugely successful season by winning a state championship last weekend at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell.
It was the second state title for the Saints, who also took home state gold in 1995. And this run started with their 11th Harrisburg Diocesan championship over Sacred Heart earlier this month.
In the state tournament, the New Cumberland school beat St. Patrick’s of Pottsville 37-33 in the first round, then St. Maximilian Kolbe from West Chester 29-28 to reach the finals.
The championship game was a 39-25 triumph over St. Thomas More of Pittsburgh. Jaylin Moore tossed in a game-high 17 points in her final CYO game, while Ryan Kaercher added nine points. Natalie Levine’s hot hand early pushed the Saints in front to stay.
Three members of the starting five, including eighth-graders Moore, Gracie Britten and Levine, plus top reserve Holland Chavey, are headed to Trinity next year. Other starters Kaercher and Lindsey Haser are in seventh grade.
Additionally, the St. Theresa boys won the Diocesan Tournament on the same weekend.
The St. Theresa girls finished their season with a record of 32-5 and were coached by Kevin Cicak, along with assistants Tammi Jones, Dwayne Jones and Jim Gaumer.
In addition to the girls mentioned above, the roster includes Carrie Claypool, Zoe Dicks, Emily Ford, Ava Kimber, Morgan Law, Samantha Reilly and Isabella Roes.