Lady Blazers End Lady Vikings’ Championship Dream— Again
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.
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.”