2010-03-04 / Sports

South Shore Girls’ Hoop Season Ends In PSAL Semi-Final Loss

By Jerry Del Priore

After easily dispatching its first 2 opponents (Grand Street Campus and McKee/Staten Island Tech) in the PSAL basketball playoffs, fourth-seeded South Shore High School couldn’t extend the streak against top-seeded juggernaut Murray Bergtraum in the semi finals Tuesday night at St. John’s University-Lou Carneseca Arena.

The Lady Vikings never established an offensive rhythm and couldn’t stop Bergtraum on defensive, resulting in a 57-42 loss to their magical hardwood season.

South Shore (12-2) got off to a good start, taking a one point, 8-7, first quarter lead.

But Bergtraum, which has won 11 straight city championships, kicked into high gear and went on a 17-4 run to end the first half ahead by a score of 24-12.

The Lady Blazers continued its offensive onslaught in the third period, increasing its lead to 20 points (44-22).

South Shore finally woke up in the fourth quarter, posting twenty points, but it was enough to knockoff Bergtraum, as it advanced to the PSAL finals against JFK at Madison Square Garden Saturday.

Junior star Jasmine Odom (11.77 ppg) and senior Taylor Lloyd, who head coach Anwar Gladden called one of the best defenders in the PSAL, led South Shore with 14 points each, while sophomore Fannisha Price added 6 in defeat.

Cori Coleman scored a gamehigh 17 points for the Lady Blazers.

Although disappointed with the loss, Gladden was able to take solace in the way his team came together during the basketball year to produce another productive season. And he vowed to get back to work as soon as possible for another run at that elusive Big Apple title.

“They fought for each other all year, and nothing changed for now,” Gladden said after the game. “I am proud of them. They had a good season, and we’ll be back. We just have to work hard for next year, and the off-season starts now.”

To earn the semifinal berth, the Lady Vikings dismantled fifth-seeded MSIT 55-36 in the quarterfinals at York College last Saturday.

South Shore took a 25-15 lead into the locker room, and never looked back, outscoring the Lady Seagulls 30-21 to close the contest.

Price and Odom led the Lady Vikings with 16 points a piece.

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