2008-02-15 / Sports

Panthers'Late Basket Eliminates Far Rockaway

By Elio Velez

Precious Latham (left) skies for two points over Bedford Academy's Ty Tisha Garrett. Precious Latham (left) skies for two points over Bedford Academy's Ty Tisha Garrett. Far Rockaway's good regular season campaign, in which they finished 12-6, was good enough for the PSAL to award them the 10th seed in the PSAL B girls' playoffs.

The Lady Seahorses hosted #23- seeded Bedford Academy last Wednesday in the PSAL first round.

It was a struggle for the Seahorses, who were not playing quite to their regular season best. But it seemed that when Quenise Holland made two free throws with 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Far Rockaway a 37-36 lead, the Seahorses were close to breathing a sigh of relief.

It was eight seconds too early. Littleused freshman Dakara Spence broke past two Far Rockaway defenders in the paint, and banked in a layup with two seconds left to give Bedford Academy a 38-37 victory.

Holland tried a desperation full-court shot but the ball hit off the side of the backboard as time expired.

While Bedford Academy celebrated a comeback victory, a shocked and stunned Lady Seahorses team left the court and sat on their bench on the sidelines.

The saddened Lady Seahorses sit on the bench following their 38-37 playoff defeat to Bedford Academy. Photos by Peter Borriello. The saddened Lady Seahorses sit on the bench following their 38-37 playoff defeat to Bedford Academy. Photos by Peter Borriello. The Seahorses missed plenty of shots, but so did their opponents.

The home team maintained their slight lead, which was helped by 23 points form Quenise Holland and 14 points from Precious Latham.

But with Holland getting into foul trouble, and not being able to knock down shots, the Seahorses were unable to score enough points.

Bedford's victory dashed Far Rockaway's dreams of advancing into the second round against George Washington. Instead, the Seahorses will be packing away their uniforms for the rest of the winter.

"We were thrilled to be here. We hosted a playoff game but this was disappointing," said Far Rockaway coach Les Sabbah after the game.

"We kept trying hard but the other team did also. They {Bedford} hustled and kept trying, and that's why they won the game."

Midwood High School teammates and Rockaway residents Michelle Cashen and Celeste Roberts will have one last chance in their high school careers to reach the PSAL basketball championship.

The two senior co-captains helped guide the Hornets to the playoffs and a #6 seed in the PSAL AA playoffs. Midwood will host Benjamin Bannkeker High School in a second round matchup on February 27 at 5 p.m.

The Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA Division I game of the week will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at St. John's University. Mary Louis Academy will try to seek revenge for an earlier defeat this season as they host Christ the King at 6 p.m.

Mary Louis Academy lost 56-54 in their first matchup at Christ the King on January 28.

The Lady Royals lost their first division game in eight years last Saturday with a 58-50 overtime lossto Archbishop Molloy.

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