2007-02-22 / Sports

Déjà Vu As Lady Vikings Again Ousted From Playoffs By Lady Patriots

By Jerry Del Priore

By Jerry Del Priore

For Lady Vikings who were on last year's roster, last Friday's 54-49 loss to the Lady Patriots may have seemed like déjà vu. For the second straight year, the South Shore High School varsity girls' basketball team was ousted from the post season by the girls' team from Francis Lewis High School.

Going into last Friday's second round playoff match-up at home against Francis Lewis High School, South Shore girl's varsity head coach Anwar Gladden believed his team was prepared and confident his girls would put forth their best efforts.

In the first quarter, the eighth-seeded Lady Vikings backed up their coach's confidence with a 15-11 advantage over ninth-seeded Francis Lewis. But that certainty waned in the second period as the Lady Patriots outscored South Shore 13-11 to narrow the gap to 26-24 going in the locker room.

A surging South Shore built a ten-point lead early in the second half, but Francis Lewis fought back to pull within three points (40-37) by the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Patriots took that momentum into the fourth quarter and erupted for 17 points, while holding the opposition to only 9, to give them the victory and oust.

Sophomore forward Andree De Leon led Francis Lewis with 18 points and junior guard/forward Margare Elenis chipped in with 13.

Although Gladden was disappointed, he did find a positive note from the defeat.

"I think it was a good learning experience," Gladden said. "But we will be back. I know the girls don't ever want to feel like that again. We're going to work harder in the off-season and comeback stronger."

Gladden, who started three sophomores, felt the difference in the game came down to a better effort by a more experience Francis Lewis team.

"I though they played harder and smarter than we did," he said. "They played more poised and kept their composure in the fourth quarter. I thought we could've played harder, but we lost to a more experienced team."

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