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Front Row: Elise Watson, Tracy White, Jamila Torres

Back Row: Bryan Booke -Coach, Sabina Bajgai, Jasmine Hollingsworth, Samantha Galioto, Cameron Cole,

                    Wendy Chuba- Assistant Coach

 

Game Recaps

ESDAA Girls' Basketball Tournament Friday, February 17- Sunday, February 19, 2017

 

This past weekend the Lady Bison’s travelled to the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in New Jersey for the 39th annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) girls division II basketball tournament. All season long whether it was in practice or games, we have directed our focus towards preparing for this annual tournament.  Last season, we were disappointed with our outcome.  However, we made it a goal of ours that we would come back this season both mentally and physically stronger and hopefully represent ourselves and our school better in New Jersey.

 

DAY #1, FEBRUARY 17TH/ ST. MARY’S VS WEST VIRGINIA

 

St. Mary’s and West Virginia had the two longest travel days to New Jersey so the schedule had our game set for the last match-up of the evening.  The Lady Bisons were anxious to get the game underway and set the tone for the weekend.  The girls came out focused and ready to execute.   We looked like a team that had been preparing for this opportunity since November. Throughout the course of the game, Sabina Bagjai was able to easily control the ball on offense while setting up our plays in an effort to either feed our forwards or drive to the basket herself.  Cameron Cole and Jasmine Hollingsworth dominated the boards by grabbing a majority of the rebounds and helped to make sure that the Lions weren’t given any extra opportunities to score.  At halftime the Lady Bisons had a commanding lead and the coaching staff  made some adjustments in an effort to work on some strategies that we would possibly need to use later on at the tournament.  We ended the contest with a convincing win over West Virginia 51-22.  Every one of our Lady Bisons got significant playing time including rookie Kioney Juardo-Alvira who played in her first ESDAA tournament game and Elise Watson who was able to put points on the board for the first time  this season. As always, our Lady Bisons were given 24 hours to enjoy their victory but it would be back to the drawing board the following evening as we would be faced with the challenge of playing against the host school (NJSD) in what would feel like a home game for our opponent.

 

Overall Record: 5-7

2017 ESDAA tournament record: 1-0

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

4-9

4-9

0-0

0-0

2

0

2

4

3

1

0

0

0

11

8

Tracy White

3-9

3-9

0-0

0-0

3

6

9

2

1

1

0

2

0

11

6

Cami Cole

10-26

10-26

0-0

1-4

10

5

15

2

2

0

0

0

0

21

21

Elise Watson

1-2

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

2-5

2-5

0-0

0-0

4

3

7

0

1

2

0

1

0

7

4

Jasmine Hollingsworth

5-15

5-15

0-0

0-2

11

6

17

2

0

2

1

1

0

16

10

Totals

25-66

25-66

0-0

1-6

30

20

50

10

7

7

1

4

0

66

51

 

37.9%

37.9%

0%

16.7%

 

 

DAY #2, FEBRUARY 18TH/ ST. MARY’S VS NEW JERSEY

Before our game against New Jersey on Saturday night, it was clear that nerves were settling in on the Lady Bisons.  This was the first time that this young group had ever played in a semi- final game with the opportunity to advance to a championship. The discussion in our lockeroom prior to tip-off focused on what the girls could expect from our opponent.  We further explained that if they executed our game plan, we would all be in for an exciting contest.  We stressed to our team that both New Jersey and ourselves were very evenly matched.  The team who did the “little things” such as hussle back on defense, box out & rebound, and limit their number of personal/team fouls would end up on top.  As predicted, both squads took turns controlling the tempo and neither the Colts or our team could pull away on the score board.  Throughout the entire course of the contest every time Cameron Cole or Jasmine Hollingsworth would hit a crucial basket to tie the game or Sabina Bagjai would steal the ball for a break-a-way to take a lead, our opponent would battle back.  New Jersey must have felt the same way about us and it was clear that as the game progressed on , the team who had the ball towards the end would come out victorious.  With 6 seconds left in the 4th quarter and down by 2 points, the Lady Bisons had the ball for an out of bounds play under the basket with the chance to tie and put this contest into overtime.  Unfortunately, although we were able to get the shot off, it didn’t fall through the hoop and the Colts came out on top 25-23.  After the game, the we preached to our players that we as coaches had never been more proud of their effort.  The Lady Bisons had done everything that was asked of them and in our opinion despite the outcome, we considered that game a success.  The hardest part would be using the next 24 hours to move past this physical and emotionally draining loss and prepare ourselves for the following day where we would be playing against our rival (Rochester)for the opportunity to finish in 3rd place and bring home a trophy.  

 

Overall record: 5-8

2017 ESDAA tournament record: 1-1

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

2-9

2-9

0-0

0-0

1

3

4

2

3

2

3

4

0

7

4

Tracy White

0-7

0-7

0-0

0-0

1

2

3

0

3

3

0

3

0

-4

0

Cami Cole

5-11

5-11

0-0

0-0

3

9

12

0

1

4

0

3

0

13

10

Elise Watson

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

1-5

1-5

0-0

1-2

2

1

3

2

0

3

1

1

0

1

3

Jasmine Hollingsworth

3-19

3-19

0-0

0-2

5

9

14

1

0

2

3

1

0

4

6

Totals

11-51

11-51

0-0

1-4

12

25

37

5

7

14

7

12

0

22

23

 

21.6%

21.6%

0%

25%

 

 

 

DAY #3, FEBRUARY 19TH/ ST. MARY’S VS ROCHESTER

 

In the final day of the tournament, we were going to find out how mentally tough our Lady Bisons were.  We were playing for the chance to bring home a 3rd place trophy which was something that this group had yet to have done since they started playing together 3 years ago.  Standing in our way was our biggest rival.  We explained to our players that although we had beaten our I-90 adversary twice earlier this season, that it is very difficult to beat a team 3 times in a row once they are familiar with your tendencies.  The only advantages we had were that we were just as familiar with their strengths and weaknesses  as they were with ours and they were also just as exhausted from a competitive game the night before as we were.  Both groups started off the 1st quarter slowly.  We were playing conservative on both sides of the ball and it was almost as though we were conserving whatever energy we had left in an effort to sustain for the full 32 minutes.  The coaching staff felt that if we had continued this tempo and allowed the Wildcats to hang around that they could take advantage of our complacent play.  So after an early time out, we changed our defense to a more aggressive style and called an offense that would put more pressure on our opponent.  This game plan would be a bit of a risk because it would get us more tired, but the theory was that if we could jump on top of Rochester quickly and get up by 10 points, it would deflate whatever spirit they had left.  Our strategy worked to perfection as Sabina Bajgai was able to box & 1 the Wildcats best player and contain her to just 6 points for the entire game while at the other end of the court Jasmine Hollingsworth played offense as though she would not be denied a trophy in her final basketball game as a Lady Bison.  It was obvious that by the end of the contest that RSD had just simply run out of gas and we ended up beating them by double digits 28-15.  That meant that we would be bringing home some hardware for the first time in a long time.  After the match we told our team to go back to the first day of the season and together we reviewed our initial goals and expectations.  We had not only met but exceeded our tournament expectations and had represented ourselves and the school much better this season.  Congratulations to the Lady Bisons for a successful tournament, and congrats to Tracy White and Jasmine Hollingsworth who ended their St. Mary’s basketball careers this weekend.  The Lady Bisons would also like to thank all of our fans for your continued support throughout the course of the season as it all paid off in the end.

 

Overall record: 6-8

2017 ESDAA tournament record: 2-1

 

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

3-12

3-12

0-0

1-2

1

3

4

4

3

1

0

1

0

7

7

Tracy White

0-6

0-6

0-0

0-2

0

1

1

0

2

1

0

1

0

-6

0

Cami Cole

5-19

5-19

0-0

1-2

10

8

18

0

2

1

0

1

0

15

11

Elise Watson

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

1-4

1-4

0-0

0-2

2

2

4

0

3

2

0

1

0

2

2

Jasmine Hollingsworth

4-12

4-12

0-0

0-0

3

4

7

0

1

0

0

1

0

8

8

Totals

13-53

13-53

0-0

2-8

16

18

34

4

11

5

0

5

0

26

28

 

24.5%

24.5%

0%

25%

 

 

 

FINAL RESULTS:

·         SMSD Lady Bisons finished in 3rd place at the 39th ESDAA division II girls basketball tournament

·         SMSD Lady Bisons won 1st place in the team lay-up competition

·         Jasmine Hollingsworth and Cameron Cole were selected as ESDAA tournament All-Stars

·         Elise Watson was selected as the recipient of the Ann Leo Courage award

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

The Lady Bisons were looking forward to travelling to NYSSD/Rome to make up one of our very few deaf games that was postponed due to in climate weather earlier in the season.  Despite the fact that the Trojans were reigning ESDAA champions from last year, they had graduated some impact players and our girls were excited to see how they would match-up against another deaf team and use that as a measuring stick to see where we fall in preparation for this year’s upcoming ESDAA tournament in New Jersey.  After a 3 hour bus ride we started off a bit slower than we had wanted.  We allowed NYSSD to grab an early lead.  Although we didn’t play our best brand of basketball in the 1st half, we still managed to keep the game close enough that all we needed to do was tighten things up on both sides of the ball.   We needed to execute more by collecting offensive rebounds and taking advantage of mistakes by our opponent.  The goal for the second half was to execute better by making the Trojans pay with connecting on our foul shots and putting in any  uncontested lay-ups.  Cameron Cole, Jasmine Hollingsworth, and rookie Kioney Alvira-Juardo stepped up their level of play in the 2nd half and were able to pull us within 1 point by the end of the 3rd quarter.  Unfortunately, NYSSD still had one player that we could not find an answer for and no matter what defense we attempted she would find a way to score.  As the game proceeded into the final quarter, the Lady Bisons were able to take a modest lead but with :30 seconds remaining we relinquished our advantage as that player from Rome threw up a desperation 3 point shot that found its way into the basket and put us behind by 1 point.  With time running out we couldn’t manage to strike back and ended up losing a hard fought contest 43-42.  The girls have one more game next week before the culmination of our season over Preseidents Day weekend.  Thanks for your support.

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

Overall Record: 2-7

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

1-15

1-15

0-0

1-3

2

1

3

5

2

3

1

5

0

-5

3

Tracy White

0-1

0-1

0-0

1-2

0

5

5

3

1

2

0

4

0

6

1

Cami Cole

9-29

9-29

0-0

1-5

11

11

22

0

2

2

1

3

0

18

19

Elise Watson

0-1

0-1

0-0

0-0

2

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

2-10

2-10

0-0

0-1

6

2

8

0

1

0

0

1

0

4

4

Jasmine Hollingsworth

7-22

7-22

0-0

1-1

7

4

11

1

0

0

1

2

0

13

15

Totals

19-78

19-78

0-0

4-12

28

24

52

9

6

8

3

16

0

37

42

 

 

Monday, January 30,2017

 

The Lady Bisons are on the mend after getting struck by the flu bug and having to cancel a few games due to lack of numbers.  Yesterdays match-up against Central Baptist was our first game back in almost 3 weeks. Needless to say we had some rust that needed to be shaken off. We started the contest off very slowly and before we had time to settle into the fast pace that our opponent had established it was 15-0 in the first quarter. Once the Lady Bisons were able to get their “legs back”, the momentum shifted back in our favor.  With the help of Cameron Cole and Jasmine Hollingsworth stepping up their game offensively,  we were able to double up on the Lions in the 2nd quarter and close the gap to just 6 points before halftime.  Central Baptist raised their level of play in the 3rd quarter and unfortunately with only 5 players and no substitutes we were unable to keep pace as the Lions extended their lead back to the 15 point advantage they had in the 1st half.  With all of the energy we had left we attempted a different defense that would help stop our opponent from scoring but it would put us out of gas quicker.  Despite the loss 40-23, the Lady Bisons gave the Lions a decent game considering our extenuating circumstances.  Our next contest is this Thursday as we travel to Rome, NY to take on last year’s ESDAA champions, NYSSD Trojans.  Wish us luck as we look to rebound from our loss and get back on track.

Thanks,

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

Overall Record: 2-6

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

1-12

1-12

0-0

1-2

0

3

3

2

3

7

0

2

0

-8

3

Tracy White

2-5

2-5

0-0

0-0

1

4

5

0

2

3

1

2

0

6

4

Cami Cole

4-10

4-10

0-0

2-4

6

4

10

0

1

4

1

1

0

10

10

Elise Watson

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Jamila Torres

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moontaha Shalbi

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Samantha Gialoto

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jasmine Hollingsworth

3-11

3-11

0-0

0-0

0

4

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

6

Totals

10-38

10-38

0-0

3-6

8

15

23

2

6

15

2

5

0

10

23

 

26.3%

26.3%

0%

50%

 

 

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

 

The Lady Bisons snapped a 3 game losing streak by sweeping the head to head series against our thruway rival the Lady Wildcats from Rochester School for the Deaf.  The Lady Bisons team dynamic had changed from the last game we played against RSD so we were a bit anxious about how we would fare against our opponent who was coming into the contest with some extra motivation to win after falling to us in our first meeting a month prior.  Once the game tipped off, the Lady Bisons showed no signs of nerves in front of a well-attended home crowd by jumping out to a 10-2 lead.  The Wildcats were able to recover a little bit after being put back on their heels as they closed the gap to within 4 points in the 1st quarter.  However, our Lady Bisons were able to throw a few wrinkles at RSD that kept them off balance with the help of solid defense from newcomer Kioney Alvira-Juardo , and  guards Sabina Bagjai & Elise Watson.  We extended our lead back to an 8 point differential heading into halftime but it was clear that RSD was not “throwing in the towel”.   The coaching staff explained to our Lady Bisons  that if we sat back on our modest lead and not continue to match our opponents intensity in the 2nd half that we would allow them back into the game .  As predicted, RSD came out shooting and were able to knock down a few 3 pointers to pull within 2 baskets of a tie.  A quick timeout to re-group and our girls responded as Cameron Cole, Jasmine Hollingsworth, and Tracy White all took turns having the “hot hand” by hitting some clutch baskets and squashing any hopes of a Lady Wildcats comeback.  The Lady Bisons came out victorious by the final score of 37-28.   Please wish our girls congrats on a good win.  As always, thank you to our fans yesterday for your unwavering support.  

Our next game is 1/24/2017 at Oracle charter. 

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

 

Overall record: 2-3

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

4-9

4-9

0-0

0-0

1

2

3

4

6

4

2

2

0

14

8

Tracy White

2-10

2-10

0-0

0-0

0

4

4

0

2

2

0

3

0

0

4

Cameron Cole

6-17

6-16

0-1

1-4

1

7

8

1

1

2

0

3

0

7

13

Elise Watson

0-2

0-2

0-0

0-0

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Kioney Alvira

1-5

1-5

0-0

0-0

4

2

6

1

3

0

0

0

0

8

2

Jasmine Hollingsworth

5-13

5-13

0-0

0-0

3

5

8

0

0

2

0

2

0

8

10

Totals

18-56

18-55

0-1

1-4

10

21

31

7

12

10

2

10

0

38

37

 

32.1%

32.7%

0%

25%

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

The Lady Bison’s were back on the hardwood after 3 weeks of non-competition.  The injury bug hit our team pretty badly over that span of time and we were forced to play against Amherst Christian with no substitutions. We knew that the Panthers were typically a very skilled squad and trying to compete with a limited number of players would be difficult.  However,  we were going to give it our best as always and remain positive.  With some sound defense under our own basket by Cameron Cole and Jasmine Hollingsworth, it allowed Sabina Bajgai to turn loose and continue her relentless style of play which resulted in turnovers by the other team and kept the game within reach.  At halftime, the Lady Bison’s were only trailing by 4 baskets and although we were tired, we were pretty pleased with our efforts thus far.  The second half was similar to the first 16 minutes of the contest.  The Lady Bison’s hung tough and continued to compete but it wasn’t enough to mount any type of legitimate comeback.  The Panthers eventually pulled away in the 4th quarter and despite a courageous effort by the Lady Bison’s including Elise Watson who was playing in her first game after recovering from a concussion a week before the regular season started, we lost 36-22.  The girls had mixed emotions following the game.  They were disappointed in losing but satisfied with how they played considering our circumstances.  Our next game is against the Wildcats from RSD in our annual I-90 classic at 3:30 on Thursday.  Thank you to our fans for your support.

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

Overall record: 1-3

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

3-11

3-11

0-0

3-8

0

0

0

3

2

6

1

1

0

-4

9

Tracy White

0-5

0-4

0-1

0-0

0

6

6

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

Cameron Cole

3-11

3-11

0-0

0-2

4

4

8

1

2

1

0

2

0

6

6

Elise Watson

0-1

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

2

2

0

2

6

0

0

0

-3

0

Jasmine Hollingsworth

3-14

3-14

0-0

1-6

1

3

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

-4

7

Totals

9-42

9-41

0-1

4-16

5

15

20

5

6

13

2

4

0

-3

22

 

21.4%

22%

0%

25%

 

 


 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

The Lady Bisons played against Central Baptist on Tuesday night. This would be our first game in over a week and our first game without our starting point guard who was injured in a previous contest.  In the past, the Lions have showed up with a pretty skilled team that we have always struggled to compete against.  Needless to say, the odds were stacked against us.  However, the Lady Bisons came out fighting.  We put up a strong defense led by Sabina Bajgai and Cameron Cole, and were able to match our opponents basket for basket with the help of our newcomer Kioney Alvira-Juardo and veteran Jasmine Hollingsworth.  Once the Lions realized that our Lady Bisons were not going to be easily push around as in the past, they began their full court press.  For the most part we were able to handle everything that Central Baptist threw at us and still maintain a 2 point lead heading into the 4th quarter.  Unfortunately, as the game pressed on, we became our own worst enemy and found ourselves in foul trouble.  In the final 30 seconds of the game with the score tied, the Lions became too much for us to handle and ended up winning the game by 3 points.  The final score was 34-31.  It should be noted that despite the loss, our girls played excellent and if they continue to show that type of effort we will have a successful season.  A special congrats to Kioney Alvira-Juardo & Emma Foster for participating in their first varsity basketball game.  There are no games over the winter vacation.

Bryan Booke & Coach Chuba

Overall Record: 1-2

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

3-17

3-15

0-2

0-2

2

1

3

3

0

6

0

5

0

-10

6

Tracy White

3-7

3-7

0-0

0-0

1

1

2

1

1

1

0

2

0

5

6

Cami Cole

1-4

1-4

0-0

1-3

1

11

12

1

3

3

2

4

0

13

3

Elise Watson

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jamila Torres

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moontaha Shalbi

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

3-7

3-7

0-0

0-0

4

2

6

0

1

1

0

1

0

8

6

Samantha Gialoto

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Jasmine Hollingsworth

5-13

5-13

0-0

0-0

1

11

12

2

0

0

0

2

0

16

10

Totals

15-48

15-46

0-2

1-5

9

27

36

7

5

12

2

14

0

32

31

 

31.2%

32.6%

0%

20%

 

 

Tuesday. December 13, 2016

 

The Lady Bisons took on Maritime Charter school last night in our first home game of the regular season.  Going into the contest, we knew that Maritime had a good team and it was going to be a difficult challenge.  We started off the game in typical fashion with our guards (Jamilia Torres & Sabina Bagjai) attacking the opposition, pressuring the ball, and leading a fast break that helped us build us a marginal  lead.    Jasmine Hollingsworth caught fire underneath the basket and was able to put back 8 points of her own in the 1st half.  We rotated through a few different defenses in an effort to shut down Maritime’s biggest threats but unfortunately it got us into a little bit of foul trouble.  In the second half, the Commodores were able to completely stifle our offense.  A combination of injuries, foul trouble, and not being able to score led to our opponents closing the 10 point gap which we had created and eventually taking the lead in the final 30 seconds of the game.  The Lady Bisons lost 29-28.  It was a great competitive game and one of which will sting for a little bit.  However, the girls played hard and we learned many things about ourselves as a team that we will use for the rest of the season.  Our next game is tomorrow against ESDAA league opponent NYSSD in Rome.  Please wish us luck.

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

Overall Record: 1-1

 

Player

FGM-A

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

Reb Off

Reb Def

Reb

AST

ST

TO

BS

PF

FPF

EFF

PTS

Sabina Bajgai

2-11

2-11

0-0

2-4

1

2

3

2

9

5

0

5

0

4

6

Tracy White

2-6

2-6

0-0

1-1

0

3

3

1

0

2

0

2

0

3

5

Cami Cole

0-4

0-4

0-0

0-2

1

10

11

3

4

2

0

4

0

10

0

Elise Watson

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jamila Torres

3-11

3-11

0-0

3-4

1

1

2

3

4

7

0

0

0

2

9

Moontaha Shalbi

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Samantha Gialoto

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

Jasmine Hollingsworth

4-10

4-10

0-0

0-0

3

2

5

0

1

1

0

3

0

7

8

Totals

11-42

11-42

0-0

6-11

6

19

25

10

18

17

1

14

0

29

28

 

26.2%

26.2%

0%

54.5%

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

 

NEWS FLASH!!!!! The Lady Bisons knocked off the 2015-2016 ESDAA & National Champion RSD Wildcats for the first time in 5 years, 40-24.  The Lady Bisons entered the Wildcats den for our first game of this young 2016-2017 campaign.  We had a huge offseason addition as we welcomed back veteran guard Jamila Torres.  We were excited to see the impact she would have against our biggest rival.  Rochester had lost some of their key starters through graduation but we knew they were still a strong program.  With this being our first game of the season, the coaching staff prepared our players to be ready for some unexpected challenges that RSD may present.  That said, our team started the game immediately attacking our opponent.  It was clear that Jamila Torres and Sabina Bajgai were going to make their presence felt.  It looked as though both players were fired out of a cannon as they were relentlessly pressuring the Wildcats and causing multiple turnovers and steals which in turn led to both guards flying down the court for some easy lay-ups. By halftime the Lady Bisons had doubled up on the Wildcats 22-11.  However,  since it had been so long since we were in this position against our WNY thruway rival the coaching staff preached to our players that we needed to keep our “foot on the gas” and not allow RSD to comeback.  RSD tightened up on their defense in the 2nd half. They began applying pressuring to our guards as we approached half court but we were able to involve our forwards and take advantage of our size and skill in the paint and underneath the basket.  Cameron Cole and Jasmine Hollingsworth controlled the boards and combined for 16 points and 20 rebounds.  Tracy White also stood out with her steady defensive play which wasn’t easy considering she has played guard her entire career and was forced to transition into playing a forward which was completely foreign to her.  As the game came to a close, we were able to substitute out some our starters and kill the clock making our victory official.  Overall it was the best game the coaching staff has seen the Lady Bisons play in a very long time. It was a great way to start our season.  Please wish the girls congrats as we look to build upon our initial success.

Thanks,

Coach Booke & Coach Chuba

 

Overall Record: 1-0