The Flatbush 6th and 8th Grade Girls swept both ends of a doubleheader on Monday night (2/12), defeating the Solomon Schechter School of Queens by large margins in both games at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
The 6th Grade Girls jumped out to an 8-0 lead, with strong defense and patient offense. Allie Abraham pushed the pace, and Jen Oved led the scoring early on with 4 points in the quarter.
The second quarter saw Flatbush add 6 more points, with Renee Franco hitting a pair of baskets and pulling down a large number of rebounds on the defensive end. At the half, the Falcons led 14-3.
Ruthie Israel played tight backcourt defense, and Raquel Garbulsky pulled in a large number of rebounds, but the Falcons struggled to score for most of the third quarter. Then, in the final minute and a half, a run of hoops from Franco, Garbulsky and Mazie Zalta – with a shot that fell just before the buzzer – allowed Flatbush to extend the lead to 20-6 at the end of here quarters of play.
The defense was in gear in the final quarter for Flatbush, and Oved knocked down two more baskets. Barbara Stein closed out the scoring with a basket in the final seconds. Flatbush secured the win, 26-8.
While the 6th Graders were in the midst of their contest, the 8th Grade girls from both team took advantage of the opportunity to connect off the court, sharing stories and phone apps. But with the preliminary game in the books, it was time for the 8th Graders to leave the pleasantries on the sideline and get their game in full throttle.
Alexa Greenstein opened the scoring, taking the opening tip right to the basket, and Norma Mattout scored the next seven points for Flatbush. Lynn Franco controlled the defensive boards, while the backcourt trio of Eliana Brand, Leah Hamoui and Sarah Greenberg harassed the SSSQ guards all over the court. By the end of the opening quarter, Flatbush held a commanding 21-6 lead.
With the reserves in for most of the second quarter, the Falcons saw little drop off on the defensive end, holding the visitors to just 4 points. Meanwhile, they added to their lead with points from Ruthie Khaski and Nicole Levy, with Khaski finishing off a beautiful Grace Hidary assist for the final points of the half. At the midpoint, Flatbush led by a score of 35-10.
Greenberg hit four straight free throws to add to Flatbush’s total early in the second half. Hidary continued to distribute the ball from the high post, recording another assist, this time to Jessica Saadia. The quarter closed with the lead now at 43-18.
The falcons added to their total with points from Khaski and Hidary, and strong defense from Levy and Suzie Cohen. When the final buzzer sounded, the Falcons completed the total team effort in taking home the 55-26 win.