The Flatbush Falcons Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team played with energy and intensity all night long on Wednesday night (2/7), and it paid off as they pulled away late to close out the Central Wildcats in the final game of the regular season, 37-23, at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
Flatbush started things with a bang, as Lorraine Levy took a pass off the opening tip and hit a jumper to open the scoring. The Falcons scored on three of their first four possessions, and the defense kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard for over five minutes. A deep three from Central late in the period made it a three point game at the quarter break. The score stood 8-5 Flatbush after one quarter of play.
Two Flatbush turnovers turned into a pair of easy Wildcat breakaway layups, giving Central their first lead of the game. But, Flatbush answered right back with baskets from Marcy Ashear and Stephanie Mugrabi to retake the lead. Late baskets from Esther Benjamin and Terri Ellman gave Flatbush a 7-point lead with under a minute to play in the half. Cynthia Hamoui corralled a rebound at the buzzer to preserve that lead, and Flatbush was up 18-11 at halftime.
Points were hard to come by at the start of the third quarter, with only a Mugrabi jumper registering a score for either team four minutes in. By the end of the quarter, Flatbush managed only a pair of hoops in total, while Central got three shots to drop. With one period left to play, Flatbush’s lead was down to 22-17.
The stinginess of the baskets changed immediately, as Ashear stole the inbounds and broke for the basket, hitting the lay in to swing the momentum heavily in the Falcons favor. After another Ashear basket, Central called timeout with 6:52 left and trailing 26-17. Central soon got the ball to fall, but Flatbush answered by tightening up the defense and finding Ashear again on the offensive end for three more scores. With 1:31 to play, Flatbush held a 30-23 advantage. Another Ashear lay in, this time off the in bounds was the clincher. A Levy buzzer beating three a little over a minute later was just icing on the cake.
The Falcons closed out Central by the final score of 37-23, finishing the 2017-18 regular season on a very high note!
NEST NOTES: Flatbush was led in scoring by Marcy Ashear’s 18 points. Lorraine Levy hit for 7 points. Terri Ellman scored 6 points, Stephanie Mugrabi scored 4 points and Esther Benjamin rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
Though the regular season is over, the JV’s have one more day of basketball remaining on the schedule, as they have been invited to participate in the Kohelet Yeshiva High School Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday, February 19, 2018. In addition to Flatbush and host school Kohelet, the tournament field will include Beth Tfiloh and Ma’ayanot. It is a full day event on the campus of the Merion Station, Pennsylvania school in suburban Philadelphia. The Falcons’ first game is at 11:20 am, and the event is expected to conclude around 4:00 pm.
Below is the tentative schedule for the tournament: