Lady Chiefs Make It To Playoffs, While Chiefs Bow Out
Canarsie’s Lady Chiefs, led by Coach Keiya Smith, are still up to their winning ways. Finishing 13-5 overall and 9-5 in the Brooklyn A East Conference was good enough to win their conference and grab a number 15 overall seed in the playoffs where they were host to 18th ranked Bronx Science.
Led by sophomore guard Destenee Bailey, who’s pouring in a team leading 19 points per game, and players Kemisha Frederick and Destiny Drummond, who are both scoring double digit points and close to double digit rebounds every night, this team seems to be poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. Although the Lady Chiefs are happy to have made it to the playoffs, they battled their own adversity this year but look to place that behind them. “We had a few struggles from the beginning because we lost a few players that we didn’t expect to lose because of various reasons, such as academics, but once the girls got on the court, we were able to hold our own for most of the season. We had a few down moments, but for the most part we were able to hold our own,” said Coach Smith.
Even with a bit of turmoil surrounding this team throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs were not lacking in confidence regarding their chances in the upcoming playoffs. “As long as we play hard and play defense from the 1st quarter to the 4th quarter, then we can beat anybody,” said sophomore guard Destenee Bailey.
Coach Smith stood firm behind her player’s words. “As far as the playoffs are concerned, I feel as though we can beat anybody you place in front of us as long as we’re focused and ready to play,” said Coach Smith.
The Lady Chiefs have sustained great levels of success on the basketball court over the years, but the relationships between the players and the coaches go far beyond the court. “They’re my babies,” said Coach Smith. “They know if they don’t do the right things in the classroom, then they can’t play. The ultimate goal is always to get my kids into college. That’s always the most important thing.” The Lady Chiefs seem to hold an incredibly close bond both on and off the court and look to make a statement in the playoffs, which started Wednesday.
The Canarsie Chiefs boys basketball team ended their disappointing season on a high this past week with back-to-back wins over Erasmus Hall and Frank J. Macchiarola Educational High School. The Chiefs finished with a Brooklyn A SE record of 7-10 and will not make the playoffs this year.
The Chiefs will be losing their two leading scorers going into next season. Both James Stevens and Tyres Desinor, who averaged 14 and 20 points per game, respectively, will be departing for college in the fall. However, junior guard Sameer Akesson will be returning for his senior year and coach Eric Hall will be looking for the same level of success he achieved in the 2015-2016 season when his team finished third in the league with a record of 10-6.