2006-02-17 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Eliminated From Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Lincoln’s Chamonique Watt tries to block Christina Salinas’s shot. Tanya Nelson (3) looks on. Photo By Pete Borriello.Lincoln’s Chamonique Watt tries to block Christina Salinas’s shot. Tanya Nelson (3) looks on. Photo By Pete Borriello. Lincoln High School is located just a little more than a quarter of a mile from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Coney Island.

When the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins traveled to the school their PSAL first round playoff game last Wednesday, they quickly learned it would be no great day at the beach.

The Lady Railsplitters were in control from start to finish for a 62-29 win and sent the Dolphins home for the rest of the season. The slow first quarter start was the deathknell for the Dolphins, who committed at least 8 turnovers and were behind 12-3.

Lincoln’s full court press was enabling them to get their fair-share of fast break points and pushed the lead at times to 30 in the second half.

Quickly rattled, the Dolphins had no answer on the defensive end for the taller and quicker Railsplitters. Chamonique Watt led with 23 points for Lincoln, Anastasia Crandell and Marissa Austin chipped in with 12 points.

Beach Channel’s misfortunes started after they lost a close battle to Cardozo at home on February 2. Though they lost 63-57, head coach Victor Nazario was proud of his team’s bounceback ability to cut a 20 point lead to only three with a minute left.

But with a subsequent 20 point loss to Cardozo in the regular season finale and a blowout to Lincoln, it was a 180 degree turnaround from the effort Nazario saw two weeks ago from his squad.

“I’ve been waiting to see what happened to that team that played with so much fire and intensity that Thursday against Cardozo. If that team shows up to play, we ‘re going to win a lot of basketball games,” Nazario said.

Tanya Nelson scored 11 points for Beach Channel, who finished the season with a record of 8-7. The season got off to a good start at 4-1, and they achieved an important win against rival August Martin.The Dolphins inconsistency in their play showed up in their losses and it appeared at the most inopportune time against Lincoln. They’ll need to cure those ills next season according to Nazario.

“You can’t just turn it on and off. We’ve got to be consistent. That’s one of the things that hurt us all year.”

News and Notes

The Lady Seahorses of Far Rockaway were eliminated from playoff contention with a 47-44 loss to Thomas Edison and fell to 7-10 with one game left in the regular season. Bishop Kearney continued to add to their impressive win total with a 69-24 drubbing of divisional rival St. Francis Prep. The Tigers honored their seniors and the home crowd saw four players, including Kaitlin Marshall and Marissa Maffei score 10 points each.

The Tigers improved to 17-5 and finished the CHSAA Division I regular season with a 9-3 record and in second place behind undefeated Christ the King. After a road game against Willingboro, New Jersey on Sunday, they will start the city playoffs with a rematch against St. Francis on Feb 28.

The Beach Channel Men Dolphins will have to keep on practicing. They will have gone almost a month between their last regular season game on Feb. 4 and the first round of the playoffs. Those games are scheduled to be played after the winter recess on Feb. 28.

Lawrence Woodmere’s streak of 16 straight wins this season was stopped by St. Raymond’s of the Bronx in a 67-56 defeat last Saturday. Tyrone Nash had 18 points and seven rebounds for Woodmere (18-3) in the loss.

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