2006-01-13 / Sports

High School Girls Basketball Roundup: BKHS Wins Three

By Elio Velez

The Lady Dolphins have started the New Year quite nicely with two wins this past week. They increased their record to 6-2 with a 48-41 tough win over Bayside and pulling away from John Bowne for a 70-43 win.

A win over Bayside, especially at their building, is never easy for the Dolphins, and none more so than on January 6. The home team ran out of the gates quickly for a 13-4 lead before the Dolphins could even breathe.

Beach Channel settled down and went on a run of their own and led 26-19 in the half. They kept the advantage into the fourth quarter but Bayside cut the deficit to 44-41 with a minute and half left. But the Dolphins kept their composure and held off Bayside as the triumvirate of Antoinette Jolly, Tanya Nelson and Cynthia Wolfe each scored in double figures.

“I was very proud of the kids. They showed a lot of composure because Bayside kept hanging around. Everytime they (Bayside scored) we kept coming back,” a very impressed head coach Victor Nazario said of his team’s efforts.

Nazario will be leaning heavily on his three of his top upperclassmen for the rest of the season. Most of the team is young and inexperienced and Jolly, Nelson, and Wolfe comprised a big part of their playoff team last season.

If things look rosy now, it could even get better if the Dolphins win their next two games against John Adams and Townsend Harris. With eight victories, the Dolphins will have clinched a playoff berth which is a 180 degree turnaround at this time last year, when they were in the basement with a 2-7 record. They finished with five straight wins to make the PSAL playoffs.

The Rock Loses A Tough One

Many obstacles were stacked in the path of the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses in traveling to Queens High School of Teaching for a varsity girls’ basketball game last Tuesday.

The school is located in Bellerose in Northern Queens and according to Yahoo Maps, driving by car from FRHS should take 24 minutes. The Lady Seahorses though do not have the means to travel by car and instead have to take public transportation.

More than two hours later, they arrived at the school where strange things began to take place before and during the game.

Two separate fights before the game, which did not involve any Seahorses players or coaches, was the first incident. As the game was played, in which QSHT took up a 14 point lead in the third quarter, the school fire alarm went off. The game was halted for five minutes until the alarm was stopped.

The fire alarm went off the next time but the game was not halted by the referees. QSHT scored two points as Seahorses coach Les Sabbah was incensed on why the game was halted because of the fire alarms. The referees told him that play would continue and only stopped by their whistles.

Throughout all of this madness, with Shantee Goggins breaking her right thumb nail in half during the game, Far Rockaway stormed back and took a 45-44 lead with 30 seconds left. On an inbound pass to 6 foot 1 Seahorses center Sandy Jean Francois, three QSHT players swarmed quickly to pry the ball loose and questionable forced her to steo put of bounds.

A foul call could have been made but instead triumph turned into heartbreak as QSHT Rukiya Hazlewood scored two of her 28 points with a few seconds left to pull out a 46-45 win.

Far Rockaway’s record fell to 6-3 while QSHT improved to 7-0. Shalaya Banks was one of the Seahorses disappointed with the outcome. “It’s hard to lose because we would have been the first team to do it. We traveled 2 hours and after all that we went through, we lose the game,” Banks said.

Kearney Sweeps Tough Week

Bishop Kearney sweated through three tough games with their CHSAA rivals and came out the victors.

Now second in the CHSAA DI division with a 4-1 record, the Tigers received balanced scoring and hit timely buckets in their best win of the week, a 74-66 overtime battle against St. Francis Prep.

Center Maria Laterza scored a game high 39 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a see-saw affair in which the lead for both teams changed throughout the game. Jill Brady scored 11 points and dished 8 assists and Caitlin Irwin chipped in 11 points.

Irwin made the key play against Bishop Loughlin last Wednesday in a 45-42 road victory. Her steal in the fourth quarter led to a Jill Brady (19 points) layup which gave the Tigers, now 8-3 overall, a 43-42 lead. Michelle Kenel scored 6 points and had 8 rebounds.

CTK-Bergtraum Garden Date

The biggest game so far in the high school varsity girls’ basketball calendar takes place at Madison Square Garden this Sunday. If fans of high school girls basketball ever had a chance to see a dream matchup, this is it. The most anticipated matchup will have the undefeated New York State champions Christ the King Lady Royals against longtime rivals Murry Bergtraum at 3 p.m.

Bergtraum lost their hold of the N.Y. State title when the Lady Royals won 66-59 in Glens Falls last March.

This season, Bergtraum has gotten off to a fast start with a 13-0 record but Christ the King brings the longer winning streak of the two. Finishing at an impressive 27-0 last season, Coach Bob Mackey’s group has been equal to the task as they’ve added 11 more wins to stretch their streak to 38 straight games.

Royals guard/forward Sky Lindsay is excited to play not only against Bergtraum for bragging rights but the chance to play in the world’s most famous arena. She says the rest of city will get to see the famed matchup that was only seen annually each March by a few hundred people in tiny upstate Glens Falls.

“It’s exciting. It’s in Madison Square Garden and finally New York can see it because it’s usually far away. The matchup is in our city and we’re going to get a big turnout, Lindsay said.

“My dad talks about that game all the time. Even as I was playing today, he is still talking about the Bergtraum game at the Garden. On the Internet, they talk a lot about that game.”

There are stars a plenty for both teams. Christ the King will have Tina Charles, Lorin Dixon and Sky Lindsay and Murry Bergtraum will display Rutgers bound Epiphany Prince and Erica Morrow.

At 1 p.m., the first matchup will be Grady High School taking on Boys and Girls and at 5 p.m. the second boys’ game of the day is Rice High School against St. Patrick’s of New Jersey. Tickets are $15 with reduced price of $10 with student ID. Power 105.1 FM’s Buc Wild and DJ Kut will be on hand to host the festivities along with special guests Juelz Santana and Tierra Mari.

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