2006-12-22 / Sports

And The Young Shall Lead Far Rock

By Elio Velez


Sandy Jean Francois (31) gets in front of Forest Hills’ Dannely Morales for the rebound. 
Sandy Jean Francois (31) gets in front of Forest Hills’ Dannely Morales for the rebound. Forest Hills point guard Nicole Sasu Twum had a perplexed look as she was bringing up the ball at Far Rockaway High School Monday.

Seahorses’ freshman guard Schiniqua Anderson came to defender Twum as she brought the basketball upcourt. As Twum looked up, from the corner of her eye was another Anderson, and it wasn’t her eyes playing tricks. Schinque Anderson came over and created a double team in the corner in which Twum could only get out of by the skin of her teeth. Twum breathed a heavy sigh of relief.

But when it came down to crunch time, the Seahorses needed a mix of young and old to stave off a late Forest Hills comeback. Freshman Quenise Holland scored 13 of her 30 points and senior center Sandy Jean Francois blocked six shots and grabbed 18 rebounds for a Far Rockaway 43-34 victory.

“Sandy is a force for us,” Sabbah said. “She can do a lot of things for us defensively.”

Far Rockaway improved their record to 5-3 and will play in a holiday tournament at Bedord Academy against Robeson and Washington Irving this week.

Schinique Anderson attempts the jumper from the free throw line.
Schinique Anderson attempts the jumper from the free throw line. The old and new Seahorses are starting to get accustomed to one another on the court. But that’s not the case with Holland and the Anderson twins.

They’ve known each other since they were students in the seventh grade at MS 180, which is now known as the Scholars Academy at MS 323.

The 14 year old Anderson twins are identical in hair, smile, movement and anything you can think of.

“We’re enjoying this so far,” Schinqua Anderson said smiling with a wide grin.

During gym classes at 180, the twins first grabbed the attention of Holland.

“They bumped me on the floor and I yelled at them. Then I came over to apologize and we’ve known each other since,” Holland said.

The twins can talk all the time but Holland can be quiet off the floor but vocal on the floor. On the court, she is demonstrative and active. Holland picks up plenty of steals and is averaging 25 points per game.

Quenise Holland drives to the basket. All photos By Peter Borriello.
Quenise Holland drives to the basket. All photos By Peter Borriello. But when it came to initially playing for the Seahorses this year, the Anderson twins wanted to play. Holland was a bit unsure.

“We formed a team at 180 and we knew that we were going to join here,” Schinque Anderson, whose wears the #15 in honor of her favorite player New Jersey Nets forward Vince Carter, said.

After some persuasion from the Anderson twins, Holland thought differently. And a new partnership was created.

“I wasn’t going to play in September,” Quenise Holland, who attends Frederick Douglass Academy, which is located within the campus. “I had to concentrate on my grades.”

“Then in October, I changed my mind,” Holland said with a smile.

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