Jerry Del Priore
Canarsie refused to let a recent loss to non-conference opponent Francis Lewis get it down. Behind 15- and 14-point performances from senior Shania Lewis and sophomore Brianna Jones, respectively, the 11th seeded Lady Chiefs bounced back and trounced No. 22 Evader Childs, 58-35, Thursday at home in the first round of the Class ‘A’ postseason.
Junior guard Kemisha Fredrick contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Sunday’s Results: Francis Lewis 68, Canarsie 28
Going into Sunday’s game against the Lady Patriots, a team in the higher “AA” division, Canarsie played the underdog role, not expected to beat a squad who won the Championship just two years ago. But onlookers did hope for a better performance, which they didn’t receive, as Francis Lewis annihilated the Lady Chiefs, 68-28, at the Brooklyn Stuy Dome.
Canarsie (15-3, 17-7) was in the game early on, only behind 11-5 at the end of the first period. But the Lady Chiefs failed to do anything right, as sloppy play plagued them in the second quarter. The Lady Patriots (14-1, 20-3) took advantage of Canarsie’s poor shooting and miscues, building a 31-11 lead going into the locker room.
The Lady Chiefs’ woes continued in the second half, as Francis Lewis swelled its advantage to 57-14 at the end of the third period.
Canarsie did perform better in the fourth quarter, posting 14 points for a minor moral victory, in what was an overall arduous afternoon for the team.
Assistant coach Anthony Butcher attributed the lopsided defeat to youth, and plenty frustration, something they will work on in practice in order to rectify before the playoffs start.
“Hopefully we get things corrected during the next couple of days in practice, because we got (Evander) Childs on Thursday, in the playoffs,” Butcher said. “We’re young, so they don’t understand that when things aren’t going right, you just don’t automatically jump on each other. You try to pick each other up. We’re still learning. We got a lot of freshman, sophomores, and new players that don’t understand the way we do things. I knew this was going to be a little hard season, but we’ll be all right.”
Freshman guard Tianna Jones paced the Chiefs with nine points.