Heart + Character= Lady Dolphins Win
What was a vital game with both teams battling for third place in the PSAL Queens A division and playoff positioning was not going well for Beach Channel.
The Lady Dolphins could have packed up their belonging and went home. But in a span of minutes, the Lady Dolphins would turn the tide and dig deep for something extra.
In the last 13 minutes of the ballgame, August Martin could not stop the oncoming freight train that was the Dolphins. Beach Channel pulled a complete 180 degree turnaround and stormed back to win 63-53 to increase their overall record to 8-4.
It was an emotional day for the Dolphins all around as they overcame early foul trouble, two deficits of 10 points or more and constant disagreements from dubious calls by the referees.
Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario spoke in glowing terms of how his team battled back and showed heart and determination in the toughest of circumstances. They’ve could let their emotions get the best of them. Instead, they focused on the greater result.
“The bottom line is our girls dealt with a lot of adversity. Halftime we talked about we had to take care of things that we could take advantage of. I settled them down. I settled myself down and we got the win,” Nazario said.
As the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins moved from the PSAL B Division to the A in 2004, the level of opponents they would face would only get tougher.
In previous seasons, Beach Channel only saw August Martin in the borough championships and lost to them at that tournament in 2003. The Lady Dolphins have lost three times in a row to perennially one of the top teams in Queens. It would have been a fourth loss but the Dolphins switched up their gameplan.
Guard Antoinette Jolly, who scored a team high 20 points, was key in guiding them back from the biggest deficit they’ve had this year. In driving to the basket, Beach Channel exposed the post defense of August Martin, who fell to 8-5. The front line of Fachelle Chamble and Denille Evans, who scored 22 points for August Martin, quickly got into foul trouble. The Falcons sidelines erupted and lost their composure with the referees and the ever changing momentum turn.
Tanya Nelson, who chipped in with 12, scored the first points of the fourth quarter to give the Dolphins a 42-40 lead and they kept it the rest of the game. Cynthia Wolfe also hlped with her 16 points. Turmoil would take over the Falcons bench. Chamble and Evans would foul out and head coach Joel Ascher would receive a technical foul for arguing a call.
Nazario says that without hesitation that it’s the biggest win of the year.
“This is the biggest deficit we’ve come back as our team this year. It was a big win. We haven’t been that far down late in the game to win it. I haven’t had a team that beat August Martin since I’ve been coaching here. It was heart and character. I was very proud of them.”
In sports, the 300 win plateau is most notable in baseball, where pitchers seek that mark to guarantee themselves Hall of Fame glory. Roger Clemens was the last to reach that mark with the Yankees in 2003.
For coaches, 300 wins is a great accomplishment which celebrates not only longevity but most notably success. Tonight, Bishop Kearney head coach Cathy Crockett will have the chance to reach 300 at home against Bishop Loughlin at 6 p.m.
The Tigers improved their record to 13-3 this season with two wins this past week over Mary Louis Academy and Notre Dame Academy
On Monday night at a packed Mary Louis gymnasium, Bishop Kearney won 65-52 and grabbed sole possession of second place with a 6-2 record in the CHSAA Division I. Maria Laterza and Jill Abitante scored 14 points each.
In the win against Notre Dame Academy, Michelle Kenel, the Bishop Kearney forward, scored 13 points and 12 points. She was among four players, who scored in double figures, which has been the modus operandi along with a stringent defense, for a successful season.
Without forward Shantee Goggins, the leading scorer of the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses, Campus Magnet had an easy time dispatching their divisional rival, 53-21 last Tuesday.
Goggins, who leads the team in scoring with 18 points per game and second in rebounds on the team, missed the game with illness and Campus Magnet capitalized. Kerry Row scored 14 points with Jalessa Gordon and Nicole McCall adding 10 as the Bulldogs led 22-7 at halftime.
Far Rockaway fell below the .500 mark on the season to a 6-7 overall record. The Seahorses must win three of their last five games to qualify for post-season.