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Game Highlights for the Week of Jan. 28, 2013

1/29/13

On Monday the BFS Girls JV Basketball team came from behind to defeat Calhoun 17-16 in the lower gym.  The game was back and forth early.  BFS found itself down 6-4 after one quarter of play.  A three pointer by sophomore Sarah F. gave BFS an early 7-6 lead in the second quarter.  BFS applied pressure during the quarter and picked up numerous steals which led to good looks on the offensive end, but the shots just weren’t falling.  Actually a bunch of good shots were in, but bounced out.  The crowd remained on the edge of their seats.  While BFS couldn’t get the ball to drop through the net, Calhoun managed a couple baskets to close out the first half with a 10-7 lead.  Calhoun continued to play well to start the second half, while BFS continued to struggle to get their shots to fall.  BFS found themselves down 14-7, but they kept trying and working hard.  After three quarters of play BFS was down 14-11.  The crowd hung around thinking there might be a special ended the way the girls were playing.  They had a special energy about them on and off the court.  They kept attacking and after a nice steal, a well thrown long pass, and calmly made layup by sophomore Julia C. BFS was down a single point at 16-15.  On the next possession BFS once again came up big with their swarming defense and the ball was thrown to Julia in the paint and without hesitation she knocked down a short jumper to give BFS the lead 17-16.  The crowd went wild.  BFS needed a couple more defensive stops to close out their opponent and solidify the exciting team victory.  honorable mention goes to all the players in today’s game.  Great game – Julia C. (6 points), Sarah F. (9 points), Maret S-M (2 points), Hannah H. (2 points), Giovanna M., Sophie S. and Michelle L.  Way to go girls.  Blue Pride!!

1/31/13

On Wednesday the BFS Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Churchill 50-13 at St. Francis College.  Coming off an extremely tough 37-36 loss one day earlier to non-league opponent Loyola, the girls bounced back with the very impressive league win.  The girls continue to play some very strong good basketball as they closed out the month of January.   BFS only had five players to start the game with the hope of one more team member making it after her daily academic commitments.  Both teams got off to slow start.  BFS finally started scoring mid way through the first quarter and never looked back.  After one quarter of play BFS led 11-7, with senior Janna J. leading the way with nine out of the first eleven points.  Senior Herron H. scored the other basket for BFS in the first quarter.  Herron was all over the place as she played with a great energy and enthusiasm.  Janna scored ten more points during the second quarter, including a nice three pointer to start the quarter off.  Herron added another basketball, as did sophomore Julia B.  BFS found itself up 25-7 at the break and now had six total players in case something came up.  Playing on the big court BFS needed that six player to make a few subs throughout the second half to keep everyone energized.  Defense wins games.  Our defense also create good offense.  BFS managed to hold Churchill scoreless during the second and third quarters.  Up 43-7 after three quarters BFS decided to rest Janna who just scored ten more points during the quarter and try some different things.  Junior Julia G. knocked down a nice three pointer, sophomore Julia B. scored another basket to give her 8 points for the game, and Herron added another basket giving her 8 points for the game (one basket in each quarter).  Janna finished with a game high 29 points (seven steals), which now gives her 870 for her career.  BFS is back in action on Friday versus Garden on the road.  Then they will finish their regular season league schedule against LREI Tuesday and York Prep Wednesday, both away games.  Playoffs start next Friday.  The team now boasts an impressive 14-4 overall record (11-2 in league play).  Way to go team!!

The BFS Boys JV Basketball team defeated St. Ann’s 56-37 in the lower gym to pick up their tenth victory of the season.  Sophomore Adam Wells led the panthers in scoring with a season and game high of 24 points.  BFS had three other starters in double figures, freshman Quran D. and sophomore Thomas C. each drained three, three pointers a piece.  Blue Pride!!

2/2/13

On Friday the BFS Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Garden 46-27 on the road to cap off another great week.  The team improved to 15-4 overall with its second impressive league win of the week.  The team is playing some great basketball.  They are really playing team basketball.  They have been very strong on the defensive end of the court all season, but now they are really moving the ball and stepping into their roles on the offensive end.  They scored a total of 96 points in these two impressive victories. BFS once again got off to a great start.  They found themselves up 19-2 and in control of the game after one quarter of play.  Senior sensation Janna J. had 13 first quarter points, while fellow senior Herron H. added four points, and junior guard Julia G. chipped in with two points.  BFS switched things up in the second quarter which enabled their opponent to get back in the game.  Before you knew it it was 19-10.  This game was very important o BFS, so they went back to their earlier style of play and regained their comfort zone.  Janna added four more points, Herron had another basket, and senior Danielle E. added two more points for BFS.  The team found themselves up 27-11 at the half and in really good spirits after a great week of basketball.  BFS continued to play team basketball as everyone got involved.  Janna continued to score, junior Chloe B. and senior Rayvin T. took numerous shots, HY made some nice passes and played solid defense, while the team got sophomore Julia B. involved in the scoring (4 points).  BFS score fifteen points during a strong third quarter of play that saw Janna come out to start the second half with three straight steals and three straights lay ups, but the highlight of the quarter and game had to be the final play of that third quarter.  With just over two seconds (2.3) remaining on the clock point guard Julia G. ended up with the ball just in front of the visiting teams bench, Coach said shoot and that is just what she did, she stopped in her tracks, pulled her arm back and fired a one handed line drive shot that silenced the gym until it went straight in, nothing but net…a ESPN top ten, three quarters of a court, one handed, three point launch, swish, to beat the buzzer, and amaze everyone in the gym.  Both teams were excited to witness such a feat.  Her dad was also in attendance so that made it even more special.  Back to the action.  BFS was up 42-18 after three quarters of play.  They closed things out for the impressive 46-27 victory and great week of basketball.  Janna finished with 27 points (8 steals and 8 rebounds), Julia G. had 7 points, Herron added 6 points, Julia B. had 4 points, and Danielle E. chipped in with 2 points.  Everyone is in good spirits going into the final week of the season.  It all comes down to this.  We control our destiny.  Practice Monday, away game Tuesday for number two seed, away game Wednesday, practice Thursday, PLAYOFFS Friday…Blue Pride!!

On Friday the BFS Boys JV Basketball team defeated LREI 47-35 at St. Francis College.  The team picked up its eleventh victory of the season during the non-league contest. The Panthers closed out the game on the college court as they out scored their opponent 19 to 11 during the final quarter.  BFS hit seven of eight free throws in the closing minutes to seal the deal.  BFS had three players finish in double figures.  Freshman Quran D. led the way with 15 points, fellow freshman Anthony B. had 14 points, while sophomore Adam W. continued his stellar play as he  contributed 12 points in the victory.

On Friday the BFS Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated LREI 28-27 in overtime at St. Francis College.  BFS won this defensive battle thriller.
The team was led by the duo of senior center Jared L. 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks and junior guard/forward Nathan J. with 9 points 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  The backcourt of senior Avery M. (3 points) and junior Adam G. (6 points) applied good perimeter defense and timely scoring that helped the panthers prevail.  Jared scored the game winning basket as Elizabeth Irwin missed a three at the buzzer for the potential game winning shot.  The team truly enjoyed the experience of playing on a college court.