Lady Dolphins’ Scoring Options Leads H.S. Update
Lady Dolphins’ Scoring Options Leads H.S. Update
By Elio Velez
The Beach Channel Dolphins have won all of their conference games this season and there have not been many bumps in the road this season. Many of the wins have been easy with 20 or 30-point blowouts. Richmond Hill has been trailing very closely in second place for the entire season.
The two teams met to decide the Queens I-B championship and Beach Channel (14-0) won 63-53 at home to take the lead in the division. With a week to go in the regular season and with the Dolphins winning early in the season against the Lions, Beach Channel’s has the clear advantage to win the division.
The Dolphins slowly pulled away from the Lions (11-2) in the fourth quarter after a close contest for most of the game. The inside play from Kat reem Palmer, along with the scoring of Gina Giles, Olabusa Soetan and Chaq uit Ivory, proved invaluable down the stretch. Palmer scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Soetan and Giles added 12 points and Ivory added 11 points. Richmond Hill’s Helen Marte led all scorers with 28 points.
A young Richmond Hill squad kept the game close with the scoring of shooting guard Helen Marte, who had torched the Dolphins defense by scoring 19 of her 28 points by the third quarter. The Dolphins play ed sloppy basketball for most of the game, which head coach Victor Nazario was not particular pleased with.
"I told the girls in the third quarter that we didn’t really have one possession that I was pleased with. We didn’t set anything up and we were playing into their hands," Nazario said.
At the end of the third quarter, the Dolphins had tightened up their defense and Palmer’s rebounding and defense in the middle stopped Rich mond Hill in their tracks. Nazario re mark ed "I’m pleased for the most part that we are playing good man-to -man defense, which is something that most teams, including ourselves have a problem with."
Nazario knew that Palmer would step up her play. "I went to Katreem all game and told her this was your game and you have to dominate this game and if you have to, put it on your shoulders and win it. I told her I needed her to step up in this game and I think she did."
It is also a good sign that Beach Channel has developed more options to score the ball this season. Coach Nazario has wanted others to step up and take scoring load off of Katreem Palmer and Chaquit Ivory.
Gina Giles has been one player that has stepped up her game according to Nazario. "Gina has been that person and to be honest I’m not really that surprised. I felt that last year should have been that year. Gina has become that x-factor for us."
The game was a big test for the Dolphins because their win over Richmond Hill not only could give clinch them the division but also gives them a better seeding in the citywide playoffs that begin in February.
"That’s the way it has been all year which is a good thing going to the playoffs that we have three or four scorers," according to Nazario. "How are teams going to deal with that? Richmond Hill did a decent job but they can’t shut us all down."
During a last Monday practice, Coach Jim Malone made the Dolphins work a little harder on the fundamentals and their conditioning. "This game means a lot to our playoff chances", Malone said. Campus Magnet was coming into Beach Channel with an undefeated 9-0 so the Dolphins knew what was at stake.
What followed was a coast-to-coast 81-60 win at home for the Dolphins on January 13. Leading scorer Arthur Robertson had 31 points and point guard Calvin Brown scored 10 points and 11 assists. They improved to 7-4 in Queens A-III and with three games to go, the Dolphins can help their chances of getting into the playoffs. Arthur Robertson leads the team in scoring with 26 points per game and rebounding with 12 rebounds.
Far Rockaway (13-6, 8-3 Queens A-III) rebounded from two losses to Campus Magnet and August Martin by beating Richmond Hill 69-42 on January 13. Derrick Gabriel had 28 points and 13 assists, and Dexter Geohagan added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses (9-4 Queens I-B) won a Queens 1-B conference game against Hillcrest on January 12. Shamar Stewartson led the Seahorses with 21 points and Savona McGhie added 10 points.
On Tuesday, January 20 at 4 p.m. Beach Channel and Far Rockaway will face off in their second match of the year at Far Rockaway High School. The Dolphins defeated the Seahorses 43-32 on December 22.
Monsignor King Tournament
The 7th Annual Monsignor King High School Girls Tournament starting on January 17 will feature Rock away players from schools such as Bishop Kearney and Stella Maris. The tournament takes place at St. Thomas Aquinas Gym, which is located at Flatbush and Flatlands Avenues in Brooklyn. Tickets are $5.00
On Saturday, January 17, the schedule will feature four games: Sheep shead Bay vs. Bishop Kearney at 1 p.m., Mary Louis Academy vs. Mid wood at 2:30, Lehman vs. St, Michaels Academy at 4 p.m. and Stella Maris vs. Francis Lewis at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday and Monday, the consolation games and championship games will begin at 1 p.m.