By Jerry Del Priore
Senior forward Jamie Feinman has made a habit out of winning with Lab Museum United basketball program in Chelsea, Manhattan.
After the top-seeded Lady Gators routed no. 32 Martin L. King, 68-17, in the first round of the PSAL Girls Class ‘A’ playoffs Wednesday night, Feinman notched her 96th win with the school.
The five-foot-nine, 150-pound senior is one of the most triumphant players in program history, according to head coach Michael Lloyd, who’ve both been a part of the team since her freshman year at the school in the 2013-14 season.
Feinman didn’t think she would make the squad, let alone start the first two tilts that campaign, but her coachability and diligent work attitude made an impression on the then-first-year coach.
“I remember when she came to tryouts,” Lloyd fondly recalled. “She just approached basketball with hard work. She did everything I asked her to do. Whether it was boxing out, rebounding, taking the ball out, she never complained, worked hard, and just is a joy to coach.”
Though Feinman has racked up several victories throughout her high school hoops career, she believes, along with the rest of the team, it has more wins to add to her career slate this season.
Last year’s playoff defeat to Tottenville ended Lab Museum’s season unceremoniously, leaving her with an emotional reaction she didn’t expect.
“I really didn’t think it was going to affect me as much as it did,” the Manhattan, Upper East Side native recollected. “The next day in school, people were like, “Good game,” and I completely started bawling. I was crying for four periods. I couldn’t talk to anyone.”
This time, however, Feinman feels things will be different for the Lady Gators as she said the coaching staff and girls have rallied together more effectively for the sole sake of going deep in the postseason.
“Lloyd and (assistant coach) Harris are coaching this differently than last year,” said Feinman, who is Penn State-bound next fall to study sports management. “We’re trying to not have the same stuff happen again. A lot of it (last year) was focused on unnecessary drama, and not winning. This year, we’re focused on winning.”
And Feinman will get a chance to add to her win total as Lab Museum hosts, on Thursday March 2, the winner of the Townsend Harris-Scholars Academy second round playoff game today in Flushing at 5:00 p.m.