Lady Vikings JVs Capture City Championship
Going into its girls Junior Varsity basketball championship game against top seeded Tottenville on Friday, South Shore head coach Stewart Jamieson was confident that his squad would emerge victorious.
Much to the coach’s delight, the number two Lady Vikings awarded his faith in them by playing a solid, complete game, beating Tottenville, 57-43, at Mott Haven Campus High School in the Bronx, avenging last season’s one-point finals defeat to the same team.
“The moment I started with the girls, I thought they were special,” Jamieson said after the championship win. “But then, once we started in competitions, not only in regular season but playoffs, I firmly believed we were the best team in the city.”
Through a relentless effort all season long, particularly when it mattered most, Jamieson noted, South Shore was able to back his belief in the club, and bring the championship trophy to the Canarsie school.
The Lady Vikings led 9-6 after the first quarter, but Tottenville fought back into the game, and took a 14-10 advantage midway through the second period.
However, South Shore responded, and built a 27-17 half time lead. The Lady Vikings took that momentum into the third quarter, and widened the gap to 34-19 early in the period.
Not ready to give up, Tottenville’s Lady Pirates went on another mini-run, cutting the deficit to 36-25 late in the third period. But South Shore’s defense would curtail the Pirates’offensive threat, and closed out the quarter ahead by a score of 42-28.
Determined to put Tottenville away for good, the Lady Vikings refused to relent, and converted several key baskets going away to secure the highlycoveted JV PSAL title.
Jamieson credited his girls’ ability to buckle down, especially during Tottenville’s series of mini-runs, for playing a major part in winning the city crown.
“They were always focused all year long, and it showed today,” he said. “When Tottenville tried to make runs, our girls stood their ground, and pushed through it. Our girls did a really good job every time that Tottenville tried to push, to refocus, and get things right.”