By Jerry Del Priore
Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology girls’ basketball coach Michael Lloyd has been telling his team to trust the process. Although he said it’s sounds a bit cliché, it’s something that needed to be said and has sunk in more and more as the season progressed.
It seems to have worked as the Lady Jets knocked off Harlem Village Academy, 50-22, in the PSAL B semifinals Sunday afternoon at York College.
The victory gives BHSLT the right to face John Jay Campus in the Championship game Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s University.
Lloyd credited the team’s tenacious defense for shutting down the competition and creating opportunities on the other end, which led to the victory.
“Our D is always key. We always pride and predicate ourselves defensively,” Lloyd said. “Our defense creates our offense. When we’re play defense, we’re the team you saw today. Our defense is it. Everybody says defense wins ball games. It won us a game today.
It was evident early on that the Lady Jets meant business, jumping out to a 34-8 lead in the first half. It pretty much placed BHSLT in the driver’s seat the rest of the way.
The two squads played to a 6-6 stalemate in the third quarter. Up by 26 points in the fourth period, BHSLT’s freshman duo of Barbara Bruno and Kaila Dawkins combined for eight points to help slam the door shut on Harlem Village Academy.
Bruno lead the charge for the Lady Jets with 18 points while Dawkins contributed 16 and sophomore point guard Kiya Marquez, who enjoyed a solid tilt distributing the rock, Lloyd said, had 12.
BHSLT had defeated John Jay, 59-38, last month in a nonleague tilt. But Lloyd isn’t taken it lightly, admitting that it’s difficult to upend the same club twice in a year. However, he said, he’ll ready his team through a tough week of practice.
“(Our) next opponent, we got John Jay. We have a week to prepare, and we’re going to come out and play,” the Harlem native said. “But, like I said, once the playoffs start, it’s a different season. As far as I’m concerned, we got to play them the same way we played everyone else, and just play them tough. It’s going to be tough to beat a team twice in a season. We just have to focus, and we have to do it.”