2011-02-11 / Sports

Division Champs Scholars Gets Ready For Playoffs

By Elio Velez

The Scholars Academy celebrates after winning their final regular season game on Tuesday. Photo by William Thomas. The Scholars Academy celebrates after winning their final regular season game on Tuesday. Photo by William Thomas. Tuesday’s Senior Day ceremony at Scholars’ Academy was a celebration in a variety of ways for the girls varsity basketball team.

A packed house inside the Scholars’ gymnasium watched the Seawolves finish off an undefeated campaign in the Queens B East Division by defeating Robert F. Kennedy, 81-40.

Freshman guard/forward Jessica Glaz scored a team high 23 points as Scholars’ Academy won their division with a 15-0 record. Rebecca Moers added 19 points and Fallon Mullen scored 16 as the Seawolves finished the season with a 23-1 record overall.

Scholars’ coach Janet Kleiner knew it was an emotional day for the eight seniors who have aided the team in recording their season in only their second year as a varsity program.

“I felt relieved. I knew we had the division wrapped,” Kleiner said. “For the seniors it was important to them that they remain undefeated.”

The Seawolves were actually successful through an exhausting six day stretch. Starting last Thursday, Scholars’ recorded wins over Pathways Prep, ‘A’ Division opponents Flushing and Townsend Harris, RFK.

The 51-47 win over Bedford Academy may have been the Seawolves best win of the season. In third game in three days, Scholars’ faced undefeated Bedford Academy in the PSAL ‘B’ Show case at the High School for Construction. In a game which was tied at 29 at halftime, Scholars’ was able to withstand the fatigue of the previous few days and used their conditioning to outlast Bedford.

Moers hit four three-pointers and scored 21 points, and three Seawolves players recorded rebounds in double figures over the Panthers.

The victory was also important for Scholars’ in terms of playoff seeding. Kleiner believe her team will be one of the top seeds when the the PSAL announcing the results of their seeding meeting on Saturday night.

Scholars’ boosted their chance for one of the top seeds in the ‘B’ tournament by recording 23 straight wins since an opening loss to the Forest Hills. They’ve beaten seven of their eight non-league opponents from the ‘A’ Division, including Forest Hills twice.

The first round of the playoffs begins on Thursday and Friday, February 1. Scholars’ could earn a bye, which will give them a home game in the second round on February 28.

“This team is so smart, athletic and we are in good shape,” Kleiner said. “As time elapses I think significance of their accomplishment will grow even more phenomenal to me.”

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