Memorable Win Adds To Scholars’ Impressive Start
The Seawolves continued their fast start to the PSAL girls basketball season as they completed a come from behind 51-46 win over John Adams in a non-league game held at Scholars Academy.
Scholars’ improved to 8-1 overall, and are currently 5-0 in leading the Queens B East Division.
After a successful coaching career at Springfield Gardens, Kleiner guided the Seawolves last season to a 10-8 record. She has enjoyed her experience so far coaching the team and hopes to get more wins under her belt.
“They played so well and we have shown growth and determination this season,” Kleiner said. “It was incredible and memorable to make it my 400th win.”
With the team down for most of the game, the Seawolves bounced back in the final minute and half of the fourth quarter. Senior point guard Kristin Dchiutiis (10 points) scored a basket to cut the lead to 51-48.
Dchiutiis then quickly stole the John Adams inbounds pass. She was fouled on the play, but made the basket and the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 51 and send it to overtime.
Freshman forward Jessica Glaz then hit a short jumper to give Scholars’ a 48-46 lead. Rebecca Moers, who led the team with 18 points, finished off an impressive second half performance by hitting a game clinching three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in to give the Seawolves a 51-46 advantage.
The team advanced to the second round of the PSAL B playoffs as a 27th seed before losing to sixth ranked Fannie Lou Hamer, 49-47 in the Bronx. It was after that narrow loss that Kleiner told her team she was getting ready to prepare for next year. And what she has seen so far in the first month of the season is a team hungry to win.
Kleiner and assistant coach Clare Droesch, the former Chirs the King and Boston College star have helped the team become more unselfish in terms of ball movement and creating opportunities to score. The Seawolves have also shut down opponents on the defensive end in crucial points of the game.
The leadership and scoring comes from their senior class. Moers leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game and was tops in three-point field goals made in the PSAL last season. Dchiutiis has provided the leadership at the point guard spot and has increased her scoring this year.
The newcomers have also added depth to the team. Glaz has scored 10 points a game as the sixth man off the bench and can play numerous positions on the floor.
Moers was just as excited to get back on the court after coming off an impressive first campaign. The senior was an integral part of the Seawolves volleyball team who won their first PSAL B championship last month in just their second year as a varsity. Moers says her teammates is using that as motivation to achieve even greater heights.
“We’re very confident. Every game and in every practice you see it,” Moers said. “In both situations, like in volleyball we are the underdogs. Just like in volleyball, we won to help put the school on the map and we are going to do the same for basketball.”