Surging Scholars Academy Win Landmark Playoff Game
Scholars Academy girls varsity basketball coach Janet Kleiner could see her players were a bit nervous on their home court. They were about to play their first ever PSAL B playoff game against visitors Clara Barton High School. The 27th seed Seawolves discarded the early jitters to display a tough brand of defense and hold off Clara Barton, 40-33, to advance to the next round against sixth seed Fannie Lou Hamer (17-0) today in the Bronx.
“They were real nervous,” Kleiner said. “We committed a few more turnovers than I wanted it. It was a struggle, but we got a lot of players who contributed and we found a way to win.”
Rebecca Moers scored a game high 18 points, and connected on three 3-pointers to lead Scholars. Taylor Gallagher added 8 points and Chris-tina Rocks grabbed 17 rebounds for the Seawolves.
Kleiner has seen plenty of improvement, considering the team is young in terms of experience with seven juniors, six freshmen and only one sophomore. She has admired the tenacity and resilience her team has displayed, by finsihing 10-8 in the regular season in a competitive Queens B East Division.
Moers, the 5-7 starting junior guard/forward led the team in scoring with 18 points per game,. allon Mullen has played through injuries to her left wrist and knees to average 11 points per game.
Defense has been a key to why Scholars has won ballgames and it’s one of the reasons why she thinks her team will be able to compete in the Bronx.
“I just have a feeling our kids will play up to their level,” Kleiner said. “I believe we will be ready and prepared. We will see.”