Girls varsity basketball team finishes undefeated

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The 2012-2013 team. Photo courtesy of Lauren Caiaccia
The 2012-2013 team. Photo courtesy of Lauren Caiaccia

For the second consecutive year, the Girls Varsity Basketball team has had an undefeated record, finishing in first place with 16 wins and no losses.

The team won 11 of its games by 20 points or more, and 15 games by six points or more. The team showed its dominance in the league throughout the season, scoaring as much as 60 points or more five times.

Junior Sierra Berkel led the team in scoring with an average of 16 points a game, also averaging 5 rebounds a game.

“I think that one word to describe this season would be incredible. It definitely feels good having the title of reigning division champs for a second year in a row. Even though it’s something we acknowledge I feel like we don’t let it define us. We just try to take every game one game at a time and see what happens next,” said Sierra.

Sophomore Debra Chan was also a key component to the team’s success this season, averaging 14 points a game.

The team won its first playoff game in a thrilling 60-57 victory, where sophomore Natalie Gomez scored a three-pointer off a pass from Senior Bashe Miller in the last second of the game to seal the victory.

“Honestly I thought that by the time the ball even got to me the shot clock would go off, but when it got to me I just shot it up. I didn’t believe it went in; I didn’t realize what had happened until I got home. It was crazy, we went into a huddle and we were just screaming.”

Senior Angelica Sordillo said, “I think our season was a huge success. We had a majority of our players return for this season so we really were already familiar with each other and the team chemistry was already there. I believe that has played a huge part in our success.”

She added, “As for having a perfect record for a second year in a row, it’s a great feeling, especially considering the amount of work we put into it. But of course our main goal is to make it as far as we can in the playoffs. The perfect record was just a stepping stone to our ultimate goal.”

“It’s honestly so hard thinking about next year right now, since we are going to be losing many key senior players as they move on to college. I have confidence though that as long as we compete and leave it on the floor we will be fine. The most important thing that we need to keep is the pride that this team has,” said Sierra.

On Wednesday March 6, the team won its second playoff game against Clara Barton High School at Townsend Harris. The final score was 41-30, where Sierra Berkel scored 17 points and Debra Chan 10 points.

The team will be playing McKee/Staten Island Tech in the next round of playoffs.