Girls Basketball Team

2013 - 2014 Season

Coaches:                 Bryan Booke

                                 Wendy Chuba


Athletic Director:   Jim Carmody     


2013 - 2014 Game Recaps With Coach Booke:

December 12


The Lady Bison’s tipped (pun intended) off their 2013-2014 regular season campaign last night against the Trojans from the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome, NY.  The Lady Bison’s were able to shake off  some initial rust and jump out to an early advantage with a balanced offensive attack led by senior guards, Shakenya Ward Brassell,  Katelyn Koester, & center, Jasmine Hollingsworth.  The game remained closely contested into the 2nd half until the Lady Bison’s were able to gradually pull away to warrant our first win of the season by a 8 point margin, 36-28.  All 5 starters including Taleah Toney & Tracy White contributed on the scoreboard as well as defensively.  Please wish our team congrats on a well deserved win.  


Overall Record: 1-0


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell (16pts./12 steals/4 rebounds)

Katelyn Koester (8pts./9 rebounds/7 steals)

Jasmine Hollingsworth(8pts./6 rebounds)

Ta’leah Toney & Tracy White (each with 2pts.)   


December 16


The Lady Bison’s could not recover from a weekend layover and fell to New Life Christian by the score of 42-18.  With a key veteran out of line-up, the players were forced into some unfamiliar positions and consequently struggled offensively.   That being said, at the beginning of the 2nd half the girls did their best to disregard the score and continue to play hard.  We gradually improved throughout the course of the game in an effort to show our opponent that the “deaf” will not give up despite the adversity.   Senior guard, Katelyn Koester, was pressed into playing point guard for the first time and ended up leading the team offensively with 8 points. Not bad if you consider that it was her second game of her short career.  Defensively, Tracy White led the team with 5 steals.   Please come and support our Lady Bison’s as we look to rebound(pun intended) this Thursday at 5pm against Aurora Waldorf.


Overall Record: 1-1


Individual Stats:

Katelyn Koester:  8pts./ 4 assists/ 3 rebounds/3 steals

Tracy White:  4pts./ 5 steals


December 19


With some injuries, foul trouble, & a limited number of substitutes on our bench,  the Lady Bisons couldn’t keep up with the Panthers from Aurora Academy.  Despite a spirited effort we fell by the score of 41-25.  At the end of the 1st quarter our squad was down by as many as 13 points.  We were able to go on a small run with the help of Jasmine Hollingsworth’s 13 points.  We fought our way back into the game by closing the gap to within 2 baskets before halftime.  Unfortunately, despite Tracy White’s 8 steals as well as Ta’leah Toney and Shakenya Ward-Brassell’s combined 16 rebounds, we could not sustain any offensive momentum.  The Lady Bisons kept their head up and understood that the challenges we faced can and will be corrected in time for our next opponent on January 9th at home against Archbishop Walsh.  Our team would like to wish our fans a happy holidays and a happy new year.


January 9


After an extended winter vacation, the Lady Bisons hit the hardwood yesterday in our first IAC league match-up against new comer Arch Bishop Walsh.  Unfortunately, the time off didn’t help our squad  as we came out flat on both sides of the court.  Our opponents took advantage of our miscues and built a sizeable 19 point  first half cushion.  At halftime we the Lady Bisons re-grouped, made some personnel changes, and concentrated on playing sound fundamental basketball.  We ignored the scoreboard as best we could and focused our efforts on winning one offensive play at a time succeeded by winning one defensive play.  Our goal was to “flip the script” and dominate the second half.  That said, we went on a 18-3 run in the 3rd quarter with the help of Shakenya Ward-Brassell leading all scorers and clawed our way back to within 6 points.  Both teams exchanged buckets in the 4th quarter and sadly despite a courageous attempt the we fell short 49-43.  Moving forward, we just need to put together a full 32 minutes. Please continue to support the Lady Bisons as we get back at it next Tuesday against The Global Concepts Charter School.


Overall Record: 1-3


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell: 40 points/7 points/3 steals

January 14


The Lady Bisons were able to carry the momentum from the 2nd half of last week’s match up into yesterdays contest against Amherst Christian. The girls controlled the tempo throughout the course of the game and were able to apply pressure when necessary.  The coaching staff experimented with Katelyn Koester playing center for the first time and after finishing the evening with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks it turned out to be the correct decision.  Shakenya Ward-Brassell had another outstanding performance that was highlighted by 28 points and 10 steals.  The Lady Bisons handed Amherst Christian their first loss of the season by the score of 35-16.  Our next game is Tuesday, January 21st  as we look to build on our recent success. 


Overall Record: 2-3


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward Brassell: 28 pts./10 steals/3 assists (1st double-double)

Katelyn Koester: 2 pts./ 10 rebounds/4 steals

Jasmine Hollingsworth: 3pts./ 9 rebounds/2 steals


January 21

The Lady Bisons dug themselves and early hole against the Falcons from West Seneca Christian and were faced with the challenge of playing catch up the entire game.  We were unable to establish any offensive rhythm which made our attempt to comeback difficult. The end result was a 39-19 loss.  Strong defensive effort came from Vaughntasia Hawkins, Tracey White, and Amanda Martinez. The Lady Bisons have a difficult task ahead of them on Thursday as they travel the I 90 interstate to the home of the RSD Wildcats.  Please wish our team luck.


Coach Booke & Coach Chuba


Overall Record: 2-4


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward Brassell: 10 points/ 2 steals/2 rebounds

Katelyn Koester: 6 points/8 rebounds/4 steals

January 23

Despite improved play by our herd, we had no answers for the defending deaf national champions.  We fell behind quickly against RSD but remained within striking distance for a short time.  Unfortunately, our rival was able to pull away in the 3rd quarter and seize the victory by the score of 56-27.  To our credit, we kept our composure and never gave up.  In the face of the Wildcats pressing defense, Shakenya Ward-Brassell was still able to lead the way with 15 points followed by fellow senior Katelyn Koester chipping in 7 points of her own.  The Lady Bisons have a solid week to prepare before our next game at home @ 3:30pm against the NYSSD (Rome) in what should be a good ESDAA match-up.  We hope that all of our loyal fans will attend.


Coach Booke & Coach Chuba


Overall Record: 2-5


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell: 15 points/ 5 steals/4 rebounds/4 assists

Katelyn Koester: 7 points/2 steals/4 rebounds


January 30


The Lady Bison’s squeaked out a 1 point victory (34-33) in the final 16 seconds of our game last night against NYSSD(Rome). By prevailing over the Spartans, we were able to capture this season’s  home & away series 2-0.   It was a great match-up for both line-ups.  Each squad had a number of opportunities to take control of the game, but every time a team started to pull away on the scoreboard the other crew would find a way to mount a comeback.  Our Lady Bison’s stepped up their game in the 4th quarter by doubling up Rome 10-5.  We were able to control the boards with the help of newcomer Cameron Cole, who was moved up to the varsity level for yesterdays ESDAA game.  Cameron also contributed 4 points to go along with her solid defensive play.  Please wish the girls congrats on their win.  It should be noted that the Lady Bisons were very grateful for the large number of fans that attended our game yesterday in an effort to support our program.   Our next game is this Tuesday at the Global Concepts Charter School.  


Coach Booke & Coach Chuba  


Overall Record: 3-5


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward Brassell: 16 points/10 rebounds/5 assists

Jasmine Hollingsworth: 12 points/5 rebounds

Cameron Cole: 4 points/10 rebounds


February 4

Despite a solid performance by our Lady Bisons, the Global Concepts Charter school was too much for our team to contain.  The girls played relatively sound defense and was able to produce offensively but in the end we were overmatched by the Gators 55-35.  Shakenya Ward-Brassell found her shooting touch early and was able to drop 24 points by games end.  Katelyn Koester and Jasmine Hollingsworth contributed to the scoreboard by combining for 11 points.  Our next game is this Thursday as we take our squad out to Olean, NY to face off against league opponent, Arch Bishop Walsh.  Wish us luck.


Overall Record: 3-5


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell: 24 points

Katelyn Koester: 7 points/7 steals/4 rebounds

Jasmine Hollingsworth: 4 points/3 steals/8 rebounds  


February 6


The Lady Bisons put up a season high 51 points in a losing effort to the IAC 1st place Gators from Arch Bishop Walsh. Despite the loss, our girls have really begun to find their groove on both ends of the floor. It couldn't happen at a better time with our ESDAA tournament approaching. Our big 3 (Shakenya Ward-Brassell, Katelyn Koestler, & Jasmine Hollingsworth) all hit the double digit mark in points with Koester reaching a career high, 18 points. Our last regular season game is next week Tuesday at home against another league opponent, West Seneca Christian. Please continue to support our Lady Bisons.

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba


Overall Record: 3-6

IAC League Record: 0-3


Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell: 20 points/4 rebounds/3 assists/ 3 steals

Katelyn Koestler: 18 points/3 rebounds/3 steals

Jasmine Hollingsworth: 13 points/9 rebounds.


February 11


The Lady Bisons fell flat against West Seneca Christian yesterday in our regular season finale 49-19.  We were unable to find any rhythm and the score “snowballed” beyond our ability to comeback.  Unfortunately, we ran into some early foul trouble on top of the fact that we were already playing with a short bench.  To the credit of our squad, they remained calm and collected despite the insurmountable score and played with effort into the waning minutes of the 4th quarter.  Jasmine Hollingsworth continued her hot streak by finishing the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds.  The Lady Bisons will now head off to Rome, NY for the Division II ESDAA tournament this weekend.  We are the 4th seed in the tournament and as always our goal is to finish higher then what is expected.  Our girls kick off the tournament with a competitive match-up against the host school at 12:45 on Friday.  Please wish our team good luck.


Coach Booke & Coach Chuba


Overall Record: 3-6

IAC League Record: 0-3


Individual Stats:

Jasmine Hollingsworth: 8 points/10 rebounds

Katelyn Koester: 7 points/4 steals/3 rebounds

ESDAA Tournment 2/14-2/16

The Lady Bisons took part in the 36th annual ESDAA division II basketball tournament over Presidents Day weekend in Rome, NY.  There were seven deaf schools that were slotted to participate in the 3 day event.  However,  mother nature prevented the West Virginia School for the Deaf from making the trip. This set-up and even 6 team bracket consisting of (the Wildcats from Rochester, the Tigers from American, the Blue Hawks from Delaware, the Bisons from Buffalo, the Spartans from NYSSD, Rome, & the Roosters from Rhode Island).  The Lady Bisons were ranked 4th amongst the teams facing off against each other.  Naturally our goal for this tournament and what the coaching staff typically uses as motivation is to defy expectations and finish higher then what is projected.   The team hit the road early Friday morning and seemed ready to “go to work.”

FRIDAY, 2/14/2014

#4 Lady Bisons (SMSD) vs. #5 Lady Spartans (NYSSD)

The Lady Bisons tipped off the entire tournament with the 1st game against the host school.  Although we were the higher seed, it balanced out with NYSSD getting to play on their home court in front of a supportive crowd.  It should be noted that this was the 3rd match-up between the Lady Bisons and the Lady Spartans this season.  Each game prior was closely contested into the final minutes of the 4th quarter.  That said, we knew we needed to start fast, silence the crowd, and play our brand of basketball in order to advance into the winners bracket.  The girls played “stingy” defense throughout the game lead by Jasmine Hollingsworth and rookie Cameron Cole.  Our ability to prevent NYSSD from scoring helped  Shakenya Ward Brassell and Katelyn Koester really open things up on offensive and allowed our squad to pull away for the majority of the game.  It should be noted that Tracy White scored her first points of the entire season and finished up the game with 5 points.  The final score was 46-28.  The girls had off for the rest of the evening and enjoyed watching the other teams battle it out on the hardwood to see who would advance.  Our next match-up would be against the Lady Wildcats from RSD on Saturday evening. 

Overall Record: 4-7

Tournament Record: 1-0

Individual Stats:

1.Shakenya Ward-Brassell- 18  points/10 steals/4 rebounds/7 assists

2.Katelyn Koester-11 points/4 steals/3 rebounds

3.Jasmine Hollingsworth- 9 points/8 rebounds

SATURDAY, 2/15/2015

#1 Lady Wildcats (RSD) vs. #4 Lady Bisons (SMSD)

The next challenge the Lady Bisons would face seemed daunting as the Lady Wildcats were picked as the overwhelming favorite to win the entire tournament.  Despite the odds, our girls remained optimistic and refused to go down without a fight.  If RSD was meant to play in the championship game, they were going to need to go through us first.  Our goal was to make our interstate 90 neighbors work for every point and in the process maybe pull off the upset.  Unfortunately, although the girls played with gumption it wasn’t good enough to knock off the #1 seed.  The game played out exactly the same way as our regular season match-up a month prior.  The Lady Wildcats came at us with an aggressive press and although we had prepared for it, our execution wasn’t effective.  Shakenya Ward-Brassell and Katelyn Koester had respectable nights offensively by combining for 25 points but we were unable to shut down their attack.  The final score was 55-30.  The loss took us out of championship contention and put us in the winners bracket consolation game competing for the bronze.

Overall Record: 4-8

Tournament Record: 1-1

Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward- Brassell: 14 points/6 rebounds/4 assists/3 steals

Katelyn Koester: 11 points/5 rebounds/2 steals

SUNDAY, 2/16/2015

#3 Lady Blue Hawks (DSD) vs. #4 Lady Bisons (SMSD)

The Lady Bisons needed to bounce back quickly and show some resiliency after a confounding loss the night before.  It was important to us that we once again overcame the odds by defeating a higher ranked team and bring home a piece of hardware on behalf of our school. Both squads played competitive mistake free ball through the first 2 quarters.  Each team took turns exchanging the lead and the Lady Bisons were able to hold onto a 1 point advantage walking into halftime.  Realizing that the Lady Blue Hawks were playing with a short bench, we were prepared to “drive” directly at them offensively and put them in foul trouble. Shakenya Ward-Brassell implemented the plan to perfection. Within 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter, we were able to take out our opponents biggest threat and put her on the bench with 5 fouls.  From that point on you could see the Lady Bisons confidence build with each passing minute.  Shakenya Ward-Brassell continued her dominance by cashing in  30 points.  She was helped by Katelyn Koester who scored a season high 23 points and rookie star Cameron Cole who dropped in 10 points of her own. All 3 players achieved a “double-double” (points & rebounds).  The girls pulled away on the scoreboard and won the game 67-47.  The Lady Bisons brought home the bronze medal!!! 

Overall Record: 5-8

Tournament Record: 2-1 (3rd Place)

Individual Stats:

Shakenya Ward-Brassell: 30 points/14 rebounds/7 assists * double-double

Katelyn Koester: 23 points/13 rebounds/3 steals *double-double

Cameron Cole: 10 points/12 rebounds *double-double


SMSD Lady Bisons: 3rd Place overall

SMSD Lady Bisons: 2nd Place Team “21” competition

Shakenya Ward Brassell: 1st Team ESDAA All-Star

Katelyn Koester: 2nd Team ESDAA All Star

Jasmine Hollingsworth: ESDAA All Star Honorable Mention