New York High School: Carolyn Gallagher

ESPNNewYork All-New York City girls hoops team

April, 24, 2012
It's been a wild and exciting year for girls basketball in New York City and its time to hand out some hardware. Our high school staff has collaborated to bring you its Big Apple All-City team for the past year. Here's who we saw as the best of the best.

Rapid Reax: (1) Nazareth 55, (2) Molloy 46

February, 13, 2012
Nazareth coach Lauren Best saw it as soon as her team walked into the gym at Molloy.

“We were out of it,” the coach said.

That still didn't make a difference, though. No. 1 Nazareth handled No. 2 Molloy, 56-44, Monday at Jack Curran Gymnasium in Queens. Best anticipated her team going through the motions after a tough victory against previously undefeated Manasquan (N.J.) at The Mecca Challenge in the Bronx Sunday.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Neither team shot well early but when Nazareth (14-1) started to find its range, Molloy continued its cold shooting.

The Stanners (15-7) struggled to find any offense outside of Carolyn Gallagher, who scored a game-high 28 points. Nazareth held Molloy to just five field goals across the second and third quarters and held a 38-26 lead headed to the final period.

Nazareth kept Molloy in the game at the free-throw line in the fourth. Molloy went 9-of-13 from the line in the final period. Bianca Cuevas scored 16 points, Sadie Edwards had 12 and Brianna Butler had 10.

TURNING POINT: Nazareth led 16-10 after Butler hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc about a minute into the second quarter. Nazareth looked sluggish, Molloy couldn’t score and the game was getting sloppy before Best called timeout.

“I told them if this game is close we’re going to lose,” Best said.

Best and co-head coach Ron Kelley also implored their team to clamp down on defense. Nazareth started trapping the Molloy guards and pressing the ball and extended the lead to 32-19 with 6:53 left in the third.

“We played a tough game yesterday and I think that to come back and play again tonight was a little tough,” Edwards said. “We came out a little bit lethargic. But we want to be a good team that wins game when we didn’t play well and we didn’t play well at all, individually or as a team, so it just shows that we’re a good team.”

NO FORFEITS FOR FORD OR CK: Nazareth learned earlier in the day that hat Christ the King and Bishop Ford will not have to forfeit games that they were scheduled to play but canceled after the death of Nazareth coach Apache Paschall on Jan. 3. Nazareth wanted to play both games and requested forfeits.

“They didn’t follow the rules,” Best said. “The rules state one thing and they got away with one. They should have gotten the forfeit. We’re a competitive team so we’re going to play but that’s not what the rules state.”

WHITE OUT: Cuevas couldn’t find her jersey before the game so she borrowed Shanice Woodson’s jersey. Problem was, Cuevas wears No. 1 while Woodson, who was sick and did not play, wears No. 11. So Cuevas covered the second number one with white athletic tape to keep her number.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I can’t explain it. I think we came out scared. I think we play in games like this where instead of playing to win, we play not to lose.” - Molloy coach Scott Lagas on his team’s offensive struggles.

UP NEXT: Nazareth won’t play again until the games are scheduled against Bishop Ford and Christ the King, which will likely be next week. Molloy plays at Christ the King Friday at 6 p.m.
WHO: No. 1 Nazareth vs. No. 4 Archbishop Molloy

WHERE: Nazareth Regional HS

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: This is Nazareth's first return to action since its beloved head coach Apache Paschall passed away last Tuesday and the girls are highly motivated to play. Nazareth sought desperately to keep games against Bishop Ford and Christ the King from being cancelled and then searched for a replacement team to play on Saturday only to find no takers.

The girls are expected to be both highly motivated and highly emotional as they play in remembrance of their fallen coach. Nazareth Athletic Director Rochelle Murphy said that they moved the pregame ceremony up to 6:00 p.m. as they expect the girls will need some time to recover after the pregame ceremonies they have planned.


Nazareth senior guard Brianna Butler
Nazareth sophomore guard Bianca Cuevas
Nazareth senior guard Darius Faulk
Molloy junior guard Amani Tatum
Molloy junior guard Carolyn Gallagher
Molloy sophomore guard Kamille Ejerta


Nazareth: Ron Kelley and Lauren Best
Molloy: Scott Lagas


Nazareth (3-0, 3-0)

Dec. 13: 82-63 win vs. Mary Louis Academy
Dec. 14: 74-59 win vs. Bishop Loughlin
Dec. 28: win vs. St. Francis Prep

Molloy (8-2, 3-1)

Nov. 28: 56-52 win vs. Sacred Heart (L.I.)
Dec. 3: 50-40 win vs. Sportswood (Va.)
Dec. 5: win vs. St. Mary's
Dec. 7: win vs. Holy Trinity
Dec. 17: 61-56 win vs. Bishop Loughlin
Dec. 18: 92-75 loss to Ossining
Dec. 22: 61-49 loss to Bishop Ford
Dec. 30: win vs. Notre Dame Academy
Jan. 4: 49-44 win vs. Mary Louis Academy
Jan. 8: 67-56 win vs. Immaculate Conception

Rapid Reax: No. 3 Ford 61, No. 4 Molloy 49

December, 22, 2011
Bishop Ford had already beaten Christ the King and The Mary Louis Academy this season so the Lady Falcons didn’t look at this week’s game against Molloy as an early test. Instead, it was more of a warm up for their next regular season game coming up against No. 1 Nazareth.

“It really wasn’t,” Ford’s Shanice Vaughan said when asked if the team's 61-49 victory was a big win for her team. “We’re waiting for our big game against Nazareth.”

The Lady Falcon’s head coach Mike Toro added that they aren’t just looking to play Nazareth though, they are looking to prove a point – that Bishop Ford is one of the top teams in New York City.

“We're hungry,” Toro said. “We want to prove everybody wrong. Even though we had a disappointing season last year, we are still one of the best teams and we want to prove everybody wrong. I wasn’t even worried about the girls overlooking Molloy because we aren’t out to beat one team.

“It's time to put up or shut up and let people know that we are really legit in this area.”

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: No. 3 Bishop Ford (7-1, 4-0 Brooklyn/Queens Division I) got the early jump on No. 4 Molloy (5-2, 1-1) behind eight first quarter points from Vaughn and six points from Brittany Lewis as the Lady Falcons led 18-6 after one.

It looked like Bishop Ford would continue to control the pace of the game in the second quarter, but in the last few minutes before the half it started to get sloppy. Molloy went from down 20 points to down by just 13 after a 9-2 run.

“We just got out of everything,” Ford’s Aaliyah Jones explained. “The last play when (Molloy’s Carolyn Gallagher) got the wide open layup, it was when we were trying to switch from man-to-man defense to zone. We just kind of got confused.”

Bishop Ford got its act together at half time and came out on a 11-1 run that left it with a 23-point lead with just 10:38 left in the game. Jones led the charge in the third quarter when she scored seven of her 17 points.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Vaughan led the team in the first half, but she was effectively shut down in the second half, held to just four points. That’s when Aaliyah Jones, who is just a sophomore, took control of the game. She came out and set the tone hitting a big three that put her team up by 16 points immediately to start the second half.

“That's one of our kids that we count on,” Toro said. “Even though she is a sophomore, the kid knows what she's doing, she can play. She's not only one of the best sophomores, but one of the best players in New York City.”

STATS: Bishop Ford was led by Jones who had 17 points including four three-pointers, Vaughn had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals, Aaliyah Lewis had eight points and seven assists. Gallagher led with 19 points for Molloy. Kamille Ejerta was another big contributor with 12 points.

UP NEXT: As soon as this game ended all anyone could talk about was Bishop Ford’s next game. That’s because it has already beaten some of the top teams in the city and face Nazareth next, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz.

“Now that the next game is against Naz, they want to be in the gym, they want to get ready, they want January 5th at 6:00 to come like tomorrow,” Toro said.

Game of the Week: No. 4 Molloy at No. 3 Bishop Ford

December, 21, 2011
WHO: No. 3 Molloy vs. No. 4 Bishop Ford

WHEN: Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Bishop Ford

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Everyone wants to know who is going to be the team that can give Nazareth the best run for its money this season and this game can go a long way toward finding out. Bishop Ford and Molloy have both gotten off to great starts this season and this game will give one of these teams a foot up on the competition in trying to establish itself as a top competitor in the league.

Bishop Ford is off to a 6-1 start on the season that includes a win over New Jersey power St. John Vianney. The Lady Falcons have beaten Mary Louis Academy and Christ the King and will be going for their third big win in the division when they take on Molloy.

Molloy is 5-1 in the season, losing its last game to a non-conference foe in Ossining. Just one day prior to that loss, Molloy had a nice win in conference play against Bishop Loughlin. The Class A champions last season, the Lady Stanners are looking to make some noise in the AA this year.


Bishop Ford senior forward Shanice Vaughan
Bishop Ford junior guard Aaliyah Lewis
Bishop Ford junior guard Jill Conroy
Molloy junior forward Carolyn Gallagher
Molloy sophomore guard Kamille Ejerta
Molloy junior guard Amani Tatum


Bishop Ford: Mike Toro
Molloy: Scott Lagas


Bishop Ford (6-1, 3-0 Brooklyn/Queens Division I)
Nov. 26: 44-33 win vs. JFK
Nov. 27: 60-40 loss to St. Anthony's
Dec. 3: 48-35 win vs. Sachem East
Dec. 5: 52-52 win vs. Christ the King
Dec. 14: 52-39 win at Mary Louis Academy
Dec. 16: Win vs. St. Francis Prep
Dec. 17: 62-56 (OT) win vs. St. John Vianney

Molloy (5-1, 1-0)
Nov. 26: Win vs. Sacred Heart
Dec. 3: 50-40 Win vs. Spotswood (Virginia)
Dec. 5: Win vs. St. Mary's
Dec. 7: 57-49 win vs. Holy Trinity
Dec. 17: 61-56 win vs. Bishop Loughlin
Dec. 18: 92-75 Loss to Ossoning

Rapid Reaction: Girls A Final: Molloy 63, Nichols 48

March, 13, 2011
HICKSVILLE -- Although Archbishop Molloy High School, located in Briarwood, Queens, would have preferred to play in the CHSAA class “AA” tournament, winning the class “A” tournament wasn’t a bad result.

The Stanners beat Buffalo’s Nichols School, 63-48, at Holy Trinity in Hicksville to take the league title.

“It’s a great win,” said head coach Tom Catalanotto after the game. “They’ve been good since [assistant coaches Mary Kacic and Jessica McEntee] were playing in this league.”

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The performance of three key sophomores led Molloy past the Vikings: Carolyn Gallagher, Amani Tatum and Alexa Dietrich, who combined for 48 points.

After a tight first half, Molloy broke the game open in the third quarter and never looked back. Initially hesitant, the Stanners began driving the ball and playing with confidence, which threw off the Vikings’ rhythm. Nichols looked reluctant to shoot off-balance, and Molloy capitalized, giving its opponents few good looks at the basket.

TURNING POINT: After a lackluster first half, the Stanners came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Vikings, 21-10 in the third quarter. Gallagher led the charge, scoring 13 of her 15 points in that period, after going scoreless in the first half.

“They told me I was playing scared and that I needed to be more aggressive,” she said of the conversation with her coaches and teammates that turned her around. Gallagher has been a streaky player this season, so everyone around her knows what to do to get her back on track.

“Sometimes you just need to light a fire under her,” said assistant coach Lauren Zecca, who estimated that about half of her job is coaching basketball and the other half is personality management. “We have a lot of major contributors who are sophomores, so sometimes you just have to know what to say to them.”

Tatum, on the other hand, needed the opposite treatment with 1:27 to go when she drew a foul that she thought was an aggressive push. The teams called timeout and Zecca reminded her to slow down and stay out of her head. “Emotions were running high and I just thought we needed to take a step back,” Zecca said.

The Stanners only allowed 2 points the rest of the way.

STAR OF THE GAME: Gallagher’s monster third quarter put the game away for good. She was nearly unstoppable for a stretch midway through the third quarter before ceding control of the game to Tatum, who sealed the deal with 9 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter.

“We needed her,” said Tatum simply of Gallagher.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: The Jekyll-and-Hyde performance of the young Molloy team should perhaps not have been shocking given the inexperience and volatility of the players, but the Stanners looked like an entirely different team in the second half. After an 8-point second quarter, which left it facing a 26-22 deficit, Molloy returned to put up 23 points en route to a convincing win.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “They were feeling good. I mean, they were wrestling [the team used Holy Trinity’s wrestling room as a locker room] before the game!” -- Catalanotto

UP NEXT: The Stanners will face the winner of next weekend’s PSAL class “A” tournament in Albany in two weeks with the state title on the line.