2011-02-04 / Sports

Division Champion Scholars Ready For Week Of Action

By Elio Velez

Scholars Academy point guard Kristin Dchiutiis (#5) looks to pass for a teammate. Photo by William Thomas. Scholars Academy point guard Kristin Dchiutiis (#5) looks to pass for a teammate. Photo by William Thomas. The Scholars’ Academy girls basketball team may not have played their best game of the season on Monday afternoon. But in a season in which things have gone so well for the Seawolves on the court, their winning attitude secured a victory that made school history.

Scholars’ Academy defeated the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety 45-35 for the third time this season to capture the Queens B East title. It was the first regular season division crown for the second year program. The Seawolves qualified for the playoffs in their inaugural varsity campaign in the 200-9-2010 season.

I’m happy for my team and the seniors who started this. We had success last year getting to the playoffs,” said Scholars’ coach Janet Kleiner. “It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

Rebecca Moers led with 12 points and Taylor Gallagher added 11 points. Scholars’ improved to 18-1 overall, and are 13-0 in the PSAL Queens B East and two games left to play in the division. The Seawolves will honor eight of their senior players in their


 final division game against Robert F. Kennedy at Scholars’ on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

But it can also be a good thing that Scholars’ can win a contest playing ugly after a week’s layoff due to regent testing. Ever since the opening day non-league defeat to Forest Hills, the Seawolves have pulled off an incredible 18-game winning streak.

Kleiner has seen her team mature all season against division foes and in a tough non-league schedule where they have recorded a 5-1 record against A division opponents. It’s been a season where they have played unselfish ball offensively. Their defense has been very consistent even against teams that may have faced are a bit taller or stronger than them.

“I knew coming into this season we could be a team that can win this division,” Kleiner said. “For my seniors to win the division is fantastic. But they are really focused on winning the last two games to be undefeated.”

Scholars’ aren’t about to rest on their laurels after celebrating a championship. It will be n important week for the team, which will play five games in six days.. The team will try to defeat A Division opponents Flushing (7-5) today at 4:30 p.m. and Townsend Harris on Monday.

On Saturday, Scholars will face Brooklyn B North Division leaders Bedford Academy (11-0) at 3 p.m. It’s one four games PSAL B girls to be held at the High School of Construction in South Ozone Park.

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