2012-01-20 / Sports

H.S. Report: Duo Leads Scholars’ To Victory

By Elio Velez

Scholars’ Academy was having some early struggles in their important divisional matchup on Tuesday against Jamaica, who held an early 13-9 advantage in the second quarter, but it was the last time they would hold such a lead.

Scholars’ turned to their two most experienced players to give them a spark. Sophomore forward Jessica Glaz scored a team high 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, along with 19 points from Taylor Gallagher as the Seawolves bounced back to win 65-48 on their home floor on Tuesday afternoon.

The defending PSAL B champions are a younger squad, but they remain quite dangerous when Gallagher and Glaz begin to get hot. With the pair hurting Jamaica inside and outside, Scholars was able to roll out to a 28-16 halftime lead and never looked back.

. Scholars’ are currently tops in the Queens B East Division at 9-1 at presstime, and recorded quality non-league victories over ‘A’ squads such as Flushing and Forest Hills.

“We’re very good players, we work together and we have good chemistry, said Glaz, who also added 4 three-point shots. “Once I get it going, I’m very confident in my shot and my passing abilities.” Gallagher, a key reserve in last year’s title team, says the next door neighbors have accepted the responsibility to be floor leaders for a young team that have improved in each game.

“Everyone says we work good together,” Gallagher said. “We live next to each other. We’re like the two leaders and we have to work together and not make all the points, but help the team too.” Innes, Lady Dolphins Learn On the Job

Sam Innes took on the job as head coach of the Beach Channel/Channel View varsity basketball team just a few weeks prior to the start of the PSAL campaign last November. It’s been a rough adjustment unfortunately for the new coach and his players. The Lady Dolphins are off to a 0-10 start in their first season in the PSAL ‘A’ Division. A small roster and inexperience have been a few reasons why the Lady Dolphins have struggled. Innes, who is also the coach of the varsity girls’ lacrosse team, says the team hasn’t given up competing just yet. “It’s hard to keep them focused sometimes when they’re losing. But they know they are feeling better about themselves, they want to go out themselves and compete,” Innes said. ”This group enjoys playing with each other, and playing hard in games and in practice.”

He has seen improvement from sophomore Jamila Williams. who is the team’s leading scorer with 20 points per game. Junior point guard Shannelle Brown has also shown growth and leadership in recent weeks.

While Innes has made his name leading Beach Channel to back to back PSAL girls lacrosse titles, his first sport is basketball. Innes played at Notre Dame High School in upstate New York and at Lafayette College.

“I’ve had to go back to the drawing board. I played basketball my whole life and know it in and out. But I’ve had to go back to the fundamentals, and the switch has been challenging to me,” Innes said. “I learned they do respond if you keep things simple and teach things thoroughly, they will pick things up and get better.”

Big Win For Lady Seahorses

Far Rockaway Educational Campus recorded their biggest win of the year by stunning second place Campus Magnet at home 47-30 on Tuesday afternoon. Sade Wright led with 22 points and Francheska Ramirez added 17 points as the Lady Seahorses improved to 2-8 in the PSAL Queens B East Division. It was a notable win considering Campus Magnet previously had a 7-2 record going into the game Frustration Evident in Far Rock Loss

John Adams outmuscled Far Rockaway in a 74-62 victory on Wednesday afternoonAdams improved to 8-3 in the PSAL A boys Queens East Division and were led by 35 points from Paul Johnson. Tyrelle Gordon had 22 points as Far Rockaway fell to 6-5 as they visit Hillcrest today at 4:30 p.m. and will take on Richmond Hill and Grover Cleveland after mid-terms take place this week.

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