By Jerry Del Priore
Don’t look now, as head coach Michael Lloyd has Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology girls’ basketball off to a solid start, winning its first two tilts of the young PSAL season.
Lloyd is pleased with the results, considering the short amount of time he had to get his team prepared for the start of the season, along with the number games played in a brief period for such a green squad.
“I’m happy to get the monkey off our backs,” the first-year hoops coach at BHSLT said. “This was the longest six weeks of my life. Opening the season with three games (one this Monday) in four days with such a young roster is definitely a challenge. The girls and coaching staff accepted the challenge, resulting in us starting 2-0 over the weekend. I’ll take it. It’s a testament to the work we’ve been putting in and shows the program is heading the right direction.”
Saturday afternoon saw the Lady Jets (1-0, 2-0) lay waste to Washington Irving, 52-23, in the Robert (Apache) Paschal Memorial Classic at Mott Haven High School in the Bronx in non-league action.
Freshman Kaila Dawkins had a terrific game, scoring a team-high 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for BHSLT. Sophomore guard Marquez Kiya Marquez chipped in with 19 and five assists while freshman Barbara Bruno added seven points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Friday tipped off the campaign for the Lady Jets, and they didn’t disappoint, beating Bushwick Campus High School (0-1), 51-36, in a divisional tilt at Hebrew Educational Society Gym in Canarsie.
Marquez led the charge with 23 points, seven boards and four helpers. Dawkins followed with 20 points and 20 rebounds while junior Angle Pena tossed in six points and had five rebounds.
Assistant coach Catherine Harris feels the players are buying into the coaching philosophy and scheme, yielding positive results for BHSLT.
“I believe that as a young team, each week we are getting better”, said Harris, whom Lloyd brought over from Lab Museum High School. “Everyone is beginning to believe in our system, embrace their roles and enjoy the game as well as the process.”
The Lady Jets return to the hardwood Monday at 5:00 p.m. at East New York Family Academy in a Brooklyn B2 East Conference affair.