2011-03-17 / Top Stories

Lady Blazers End Lady Vikings’ Championship Dream— Again

By Jerry Del Priore

South Shore High School’s girls basketball team was primed to snap Bergtraum’s string of an unprecedented 12 straight PSAL championships, with arguably one of the best squads in the school’s history. But second half foul trouble plagued the Lady Vikings, as they were defeated, 56-48, by the Lady Blazers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

It was the second time in three years that South Shore lost to Bergtraum in the PSAL finals, to give the Lady Blazers their lucky thirteenth consecutive city title.

The referees whistled South Shore for 30 fouls, as opposed to the Lady Blazers’ 18, much to the chagrin of head coach Anwar Gladden, who was upset over the officiating.

“I though the calls were questionable all game,” Gladden said in a post-game interview. “I thought the officiating was bad. It was one-sided; it was lopsided.”

However, he didn’t take anything away from Bergtraum, which, he noted, played as if it still had something to prove to the public high school hoop critics.

“They just wanted it more,” Gladden said of the Lady Blazers’ desire. “They played harder than us; that was the bottom line. They played like we were the 12-time champs and they were the underdogs.”

Senior guard Jasmine Odom led the Lady Vikings with 12 points, while Tatiana Wilson and Fannisha Price scored 10 apiece. Price also grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out with 3:46 remaining in the contest.

South Shore’s veteran coach is already looking ahead to next season, eager to get his girls back to pursue a title that has proven elusive for the last three years.

“ I think the positives is we have people coming back,” Gladden said. “Next season starts now. So we just got to get back to work.”




Photo credit for the South Shore boys’ basketball team was inadvertently omitted on last week’s sports page. The exclusive photos for the Courier were taken by Dave Lewin. Photo credit for the South Shore boys’ basketball team was inadvertently omitted on last week’s sports page. The exclusive photos for the Courier were taken by Dave Lewin.

Clockwise from top left: Senior Jasmine Odom displays the agony of defeat after the South Shore girls lost in Sunday’s championship round; junior forward Jenice Walker (#14) tries to deflect ball from Bergtraum player’s hands; South Shore senior Tatiana Wilson closely guards Bergtraum’s Cori Coleman; Odom (#10) tries to stop inside move by Shequana Harris and Odom (#10) and Wilson (#1) hustle for loose ball. 
Photos by Phil Robinson Clockwise from top left: Senior Jasmine Odom displays the agony of defeat after the South Shore girls lost in Sunday’s championship round; junior forward Jenice Walker (#14) tries to deflect ball from Bergtraum player’s hands; South Shore senior Tatiana Wilson closely guards Bergtraum’s Cori Coleman; Odom (#10) tries to stop inside move by Shequana Harris and Odom (#10) and Wilson (#1) hustle for loose ball. Photos by Phil Robinson

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