The fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball team at St. Anastasia School in Westchester captured the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Westside League Championship with a 17-11 victory over the St. Mark’s School Lions at St. Jerome School in Westchester Saturday, March 3rd.

By dethroning the two-time defending league champion St. Mark’s team to earn the title in the eight-team Westside league, the St. Anastasia Panthers finished the season with an undefeated record of 10-0.

First-year St. Anastasia coach Victor Alcala credited his team’s defense, which held St. Mark’s to five points in the second half, as being they key factor for victory over the Lions.

“Our defense was real tough,” Alcala said.

The Panthers were led by sixth-grade guard Alexandra Alcala, who finished with six points in the game.

Sixth-grade center Lindsay Smith scored five points and sixth-grade forward Micheala McDermott added four points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.

The other Panther players are Sari Arambulo, Lisa Engler, Emily Gill, Chandler Harbaugh, Morgan Gagnier, Brooke Nuslien, Rachel O’Connor and Madeline Sharpe.

Alcala attributed the Panthers’ success this season to their chemistry, and said a main highlight was defeating Parent School 18-12.

“Our girls played really well together,” Alcala said.