By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY August 3, 2007 Livingston Manor grabbed the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department girls’ summer basketball league title on Tuesday night by defeating Liberty, 40-24, in the championship game in the Liberty High School gymnasium.
In the semifinal game, which was held just prior to the title contest, Liberty topped Roscoe, 38-32.
“It was a good game,” said Manor Coach Jackie Trotti, who graduated from Manor in June and was a three-year member of the Lady Wildcats’ varsity basketball team.
The top scorer for Manor was Marissa Diescher, who will be a freshman in the 2007-2008 school year.
“Manor’s got a pretty experienced ball club,” Liberty Coach Tom LaGattuta said. “We’ve got some girls who haven’t played together before, but we came out in the second half and really played well.”
Manor led 23-13 at halftime.
Liberty’s top scorer was Ceara Williams, who will be a junior at Liberty High School this autumn.
The summer league was the brainchild of Liberty Central School Athletic Director Jason Semo and former Indians’ star athlete Chris Sinceno, who is now the Assistant Director of the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department.
Sinceno, a 2000 LCS graduate, recently completed his college education before landing his job with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Dept. about eight months ago.
The three participating teams kicked in $350 each to play in the summer hoops league. Those funds will be used to help Liberty’s peewee football league.