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Quincy High girls basketball hosting charity games for former player battling cancer – The Patriot Ledger

QUINCY – The name says it all.
On Saturday, the Quincy High girls basketball team (with the help of three other South Shore teams) will host a ‘Bigger Than Basketball Fundraiser’ to raise money for Priscilla Bonica, a recent QHS graduate and former basketball captain battling brain cancer.
“The fight in this kid is spectacular and it’s so amazing to see,” said Quincy coach Sarah Conlon. “She’s such a well-loved person in our little community. We really just want to let her know that she’s supported as she goes through this.”
Bonica was a three-sport athlete for the Presidents and captained the basketball team last winter.
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“She kind of started developing symptoms during (the season) but they had a really hard time pinpointing what it actually was,” said Conlon. “When the diagnosis came down the team collectively just said, ‘We want to do something. What can we do?’”
Last spring, the Bonica family hosted a bone marrow drive. Now the basketball team is hoping a jam-packed night of hoops can help.
Quincy High will host a pair of endowment varsity games (meaning they won’t count for MIAA playoff purposes). Pembroke plays Fontbonne Academy at 5 p.m. and Quincy will play Abington in the nightcap.
There will be plenty of youth activities also. There will be a youth knockout competition during halftime of the first game and a rubber ducky toss for a cash prize after the first game. In the nightcap, Quincy Youth Basketball Teams will provide halftime entertainment with a scrimmage.
There will be no entry fee, but donations are welcome at the door. T-shirts and concessions will be on sale. Fans who can’t attend on Saturday can contact Conlon via email at sconlonqhs@gmail.com to make a donation.
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“It’s not just a basketball game for us,” said Conlon. “We really want to support (Priscilla) as a community.”
Expect plenty of volunteers to be helping out on Saturday.
“It’s one of those things where you ask for a little bit of help and you need a volunteer and you get 30 of them,” said Conlon.
Bonica has been on the team’s mind throughout the season. Before each game, the Presidents present brain cancer awareness ribbons to their opponents. Bonica was in attendance for Quincy’s 39-29 win over Pembroke on Jan. 11.
“The wins and losses, they mean a lot now, but down the road they mean less whereas it’s the relationships that you form with your teammates, your coaches, your community that really has a lasting effect,” said Conlon.
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The other programs playing on Saturday night all have a connection to Bonica. Pembroke’s Tim Lopes and Abington’s Dan Norton coach with the MT Elite Ducks, an AAU basketball program for whom Bonica played and coached. Fontbonne coach Clare Murphy is a teacher in Quincy.
“Priscilla is just so well known,” said Conlon. “She’s a three-sport athlete, a captain of multiple teams and just a great kid. When she’s playing AAU with other people that are in the community, it’s not just a Quincy thing, it becomes bigger than that.”
On the court, Saturday’s action pits some surging teams against each other. Pembroke had a slow start to the season, but has won its last two games. Fontbonne is coming off a solid win over Cardinal Spellman on Friday. Quincy has hit a speed bump after winning four in a row, but an overtime loss to Hingham shows how tough this team is. The Green Wave defeated Plymouth South on Friday and look to have some young players starting to jump out.
The atmosphere, like most basketball games in the city, should be a fun one.
“(Quincy is) tight-knit,” said Conlon. “They’re a big small town. Everybody has a connection to somebody else. When things get tough, it unifies like no other.”
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