MD Girls Sweep Doubleheader Thrillers

MD Girls Sweep Doubleheader Thrillers
Posted on 02/11/2019

The Flatbush 6th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball teams swept both ends of a thrilling doubleheader with Yeshiva Har Torah on Monday night (2/11), with the 6th Graders recording their first win of the season while the 8th Graders avenged their only loss to raucous cheers at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.

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The 6th Grade girls took the floor first, and the were primed for a positive outcome. From the outset, Flatbush controlled the pace of the game, and got multiple chances to open the scoring. It took almost four and a half minutes, but the Falcons got on the board first with a rebound put back from Lynn Dweck. Colette Chehova scored with under a minute to play to maintain the lead, but at the end of the opening quarter, the game was all even at 4-4.

Rachelle Cohen and Alyssa Sutton led the defensive effort, gathering rebound after rebound, while Dweck had a monster block. Dweck grabbed the lead back for Flatbush with a jumper three minutes in to the second quarter, and she doubled the lead on the next possession. Dweck then put back a Julia Beyda miss with seconds left in the half. At the break, Flatbush was out in front. 10-6.

 Lynn Dweck

Har Torah wasted no time in the second half, cutting the deficit to two with a basket on their first possession, then pulled even a minute later. Cohen went to the line to look to take the lead back. She was not able, but Dweck rebounded her miss and put it back in to put Flatbush back up, 12-10. Eliette Evenhar moved the lead out to 4 with a steal and a lay in, bringing cheers from her teammates. She was feeling it, and connected from outside soon thereafter, and with 2:23 left in the third, Flatbush was up 16-10, and Har Torah wanted a timeout. Flatbush took the six-point cushion, and an 18-12 lead into the quarter break.

At the start of the final period, Har Torah caused an immediate turnover and turned it into two points. Flatbush struggled to get a shot, committing way too many turnovers in the first half of the fourth quarter. YHT took advantage, and closed to within 3 with almost half the quarter gone. With under two minutes, Cohen got Flatbush back on the board, moving out to a 20-15 lead. But Har Torah was not going away quietly. A jumper from outside got the visitors back within three. It was then the Falcon defense shut the door. Evenhar pulled in a huge rebound and the Falcons ran down the clock. Flatbush held on, and the 6th Grade Girls secured their first win of the season, 20-17!

 Alyssa Sutton Blocks

Head Coach Renee Dweck was as excited as her players. “Wow! What a great feeling! I am so proud of the girls. They have really worked hard, and you can see the improvement from the start of the season.”

Next, it was the 8th Grade girls’ turn. They came into the game sporting a 7-1 record, the only blemish being a loss earlier in the season to this same opponent. Could they get a different result the second time around?

Flatbush jumped out to the early 4-0 lead on Sarah Siri free throws and a Linda Gindi lay in. A Tunie Hanan put back kept Flatbush out in front. But Har Torah came alive from outside, hitting three 3’s to close to 12-9, and scoring late in the quarter to take a 15-12 lead after one quarter of play.

 Sarah Siri

It was all Har Torah at the start of the second quarter as a blocked Danielle Frastai shot was turned into a lay up. When the guests hit another long range three, Flatbush called for a timeout trailing 20-12. Half the quarter was gone before Siri turned a steal into an assist to Gindi to get Flatbush back on track, at a point where the Falcons were facing a 13-point deficit.. The Falcons turned up the defensive intensity, and it paid off at both ends. Talya Shamoelian was ripping down rebounds. Hanan scored inside, and Gindi added two more baskets. Flatbush closed the gap to 25-20 with 1:46 left in the opening half, and YHT wanted timeout. Flatbush continued to deny Har Torah the open looks they had been getting, and Siri converted a drive in the closing seconds of the half, completing a run of 10 unanswered Falcon points. At the break, Har Torah had the lead, 25-22, but Flatbush had the momentum.

 Tunie Hanan rebounds

YHT quickly took back the momentum, hitting on another bomb and a regular two. With half the quarter gone, YHT was back out in front, 32-25. Siri came up with another steal and a lay in to get Flatbush back on track. And, Frastai added a long range hook shot in the final minute. With one quarter to play, Flatbush was back within three, 32-29.

Shamoelian rebounded a miss and put it back in the opening minute of the 4th quarter to close the deficit to one point. The teams traded baskets, until Flatbush got a stop and Frastai found Gindi on a long pass. She finished, and Flatbush had the lead, 37-36 with 3:54 to play. Then, an amazing thing happened. Inbounding in the Flatbush zone, Har Torah took the entry pass and lofted it towards the Flatbush goal - and it was a swish, for Flatbush! Both teams then went cold on offense. With 1:25 to play, it was still 39-36 in favor of Flatbush. With under a minute to play, it was Flatbush that broke through. Shamoelian converted a lead pass into a lay in to extend the lead to five. The Flatbush defense kept the pressure on and came up with big rebound after big rebound. With under 25 seconds to play, Hanan put the finishing touches on the comeback, sealing the win with a final lay in. Final score, Flatbush 43-Har Torah 36.

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