2006-12-08 / Sports

FRHS Wins, BCHS Girls Lose In Basketball Thrillers

By Elio Velez

Les Sabbah is a teacher at Far Rockaway High School but that is just a part of his job. He is involved in school sports year round from girls' volleyball, girls softball and the sport he currently coaches- girls basketball.

It might be only the third game of the PSAL "B" season but Sabbah sensed his Lady Seahorses' game against the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety was too important to hold any energy back in getting a victory.

He has a young team and Law Enforcement arrived with a 2-0 record. They would leave Far Rockaway High School with their first loss of the season as Quenise Holland and Sandy Jean Francois keyed a fourth quarter comeback in a 67-65 victory.

"We needed a win like this. I got frustrated today and I worked very hard today," Sabbah said smilingly after his team improved to a 2-1 record.

"I had to take my blood pressure pills after the game. We needed this to build our confidence level because we're so young."

The Seahorses were down by nine points heading into the fourth quarter but Francois and Holland were two of the main Lady Sahorses to guide them back to the lead.

Francois grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with her 23 points. Sabbah has his expectation on what Francois will bring to the team. But he had no idea before the year began on what Holland, a freshman would do.

What she did on the floor was impressive, scoring 36 points and forcing numerous turnovers on defense in the fourth quarter to give the Seahorses the lead.

Since it's only her freshman season, Sabbah is quick to temper his growing excitement with Holland. But with Holland's performance, along with the improvment of fellow freshmen guards Schineq Anderson, who dished six assists and her sister Schiniqua. it might be a little harder in the future to hold back his praise for his young players.

"There is optimism with the ninth graders but there is a maturation process that they have to go through," Sabbah jokingly admitted. "But we got to remember that they are still so young."

BCHS Loses In Double Overtime

The crowd at Beach Channel High School rose to their feet anticipating the probable final play in the second overtime of the Lady Dolphins- August Martin thriller.

Down 69-68, the Dolphins had one final chance with three seconds left. The pass was inbounded and sent to senior point guard Antoinette Jolly, whose Her 15 foot jumper hit off the rim and ended a frustrating day for the Dolphins in a 69-68 August Martin win. The Dolphins had plenty of chances to put away their Queens rivals according to head coach Craig Kander

"I told the team after the game that I'm not upset with them. But I told them I know that they are a lot better than the way they played," Kander said.

A number of times Beach Channel blew their own chances to put away August Martin, missing at least nine layups according to Kander in the first half. They missed almost the equal amount of close range baskets in the second half. August Martin's Krystin Agard's 34 points and Patrice Lewis, who added 26 points gave the Falcons their first win of the year.. The Dolphins (1-2) inconsistency has been a factor for their slow start. The Dolphins had four players who fouled out giving August Martin 40 free throw attempts. Kander believes with a week of practice time before their game against Cardozo on Wednesday, it should help their improvement.

"It was a great game to be a part of but it's another game which we should have won," Kander says. "I'm still confident because I feel like this team should win some ballgames and can do still do a lot."

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