Basketball: Sharnick twins teaming up at Molloy

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Caitlin Sharnick and Bridget Sharnick, from Shelton, signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s basketball at Molloy College (N.Y.) in a ceremony at St. Joseph High School. Pictured, from left, are: dad, Stephen; Caitlin, Bridget and mom, Maureen. — Bill Bloxsom photo

Good things usually happen when the Sharnick twins, Bridget and Caitlin, team up on the basketball court.

Whether it’s winning diocese titles at St. Lawrence School or Class M state girls basketball titles at St. Joseph, the dynamic duo has excelled at each level.

Now, the recent high school graduates, from Shelton, are getting ready for the next stop of their basketball journey, as Caitlin and Bridget signed National Letters of Intent to play at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

“It’s just what we always dreamt for since when we were little,” Bridget Sharnick said of heading to Molloy this fall. “When we played AAU, our goal was to play in college. Playing in high school, we wanted to win but at the same time we were trying to make it to the next level. I feel accomplished.”

And, after playing together for their entire lives, there was never any doubt as to whether or not the Sharnicks would be sticking together in college.

“Our AAU coach told everyone we were coming together, a package deal,” Caitlin said. “If you are taking one, you’re taking the other.”

So come September, the Sharnicks will embark on their careers as Lions of Molloy College. The Lions went 11-16 last year under head coach Kate Lynch — who recently left Molloy to take the same position at her alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University.

“Playing AAU, our goal was always to try to get some coach’s attention and make someone want to reach out to you to come go to their school,” Caitlin Sharnick said. “Having the coach come to us and ask us to go there was exciting… We are excited.”

To help get acclimated to the college game, the Sharnicks are currently playing with Molloy teammates in a summer league out on Long Island.

The duo will bring lots of winning experience to Molloy in the fall, after helping St. Joseph hoist the Class M state title this past winter.

Following a 14-6 regular season and quarterfinal round exit in the FCIAC tournament, coach Chris Lindwall’s Cadets ran the table in states. In the final, the Sharnicks powered St. Joseph to a 50-44 win over Cromwell High at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Bridget Sharnick led the charge with a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds, while Caitlin Sharnick added eight points and eight rebounds, as St. Joseph won its first girls basketball title since 1979.

“Every year coach makes T-shirts that have a saying on the back. Our saying this year was, ‘One team, one dream,’” Bridget Sharnick said.

Said Caitlin Sharnick:

“It was everything we ever worked for for the whole four years finally paid off. It was a dream come true.”

The title came on the heels of a regular season where the Cadets dealt with their fair share of injuries. When it mattered most, they banded together and ended their scholastic careers as champs.

“Our season didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” Bridget Sharnick said.

With tremendous team camaraderie, St. Joseph persevered and, once healthy, showed the state tournament field its capability.

The Sharnicks, who served as co-captains, were both sad to see their time at St. Joseph come to an end.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Bridget said. “It was like the best four years yet.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Caitlin.

“I wish I had another season with coach Lindwall and our whole team,” she said. “It’s the best team we’ve ever been on.”

As the clock was winding down against Cromwell, in a game St. Joseph led 31-16 at break before the Panthers chipped away in the second half, it was hard to hide the excitement of capping their senior seasons with a state title.

“We tried not to have huge smiles on our face,” Caitlin Sharnick said. “We wanted to be respectful.”

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