Girls 6th Grade Basketball · Tale of Two Halves; Comeback Falls Short for 6th Grade Girls in Playoffs

The Flatbush 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team mounted a dramatic comeback  Monday night (2/26), but fell short of their goal as they lost their semifinal match to top seeded Yeshiva Har Torah by a score of 16-12 at the Queens, NY school.

It was clearly a tale of two halves, as each team completely dominated the other in each half of the game.  The first half belong to host Har Torah.  That was primarily because the hosts took a 6-0 lead before the Falcons barely got off the bus, scoring on three straight turnovers at the start of the game.  Flatbush cleaned up their passing and tightened up the defense from that point on, but Har Torah would outscore Flatbush 10-2 the rest of the half to take a commanding 16-2 lead into halftime.  The Falcons needed to regroup, and quickly.

The second half was a very different story.  The Falcons defense was incredible!  They not only kept the top player for the hosts in check, they completely shut down their entire offense.  Flatbush also began to find some offensive success.  As the game neared its conclusion, the Falcons managed to cut the deficit down to 4 points.  But, the clock eventually ran out on the comeback.  Flatbush could get no closer than 16-12 by the time the final buzzer sounded.  It was an amazing second half of play, but one that was just not long enough for the Falcons.  The season had come to an end as Har Torah advanced to the MJDSBL Finals with the 16-12 win.

Afterwards, a very proud Head Coach Renee Dweck reflected on the performance of her girls in the game and all season long.  “[Har Torah] was the number one team and undefeated.  We sooooo could’ve had it if we made a few more buckets and didn’t make those careless passes in the beginning ( which I’m chalking up to nerves).   Overall it ended is being a great great game!!  Even the other teams parents came up to me to tell me how impressed they were by our girls.  And, we kept their star player with only those first 6 points.    Even though our record may not show it, it was a hugely successful year!”
(Photos Courtesy of Mrs. Marialissa Maiman)