By Jerry Del Priore
It was a game filled with what ifs for Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology girls’ basketball team, as John Jay edged the Lady Jets, 44-43, in a thrilling PSAL B Championship game at St. John’s University Sunday afternoon.
With BHSLT ahead, 43-41, the contest came down to the final 10.7 seconds in the tilt, as the Jayhawks drew a questionable charging foul in their favor. The rest of the calls went against the Lady Jets, including an unsportsmanlike infraction, with John Jay converting one of two foul shots to bring the contest to within one point with them retaining possession of the rock.
While BHSLT head coach Michael Lloyd wasn’t exactly pleased with the officiating, he didn’t use it an excuse for the defeat.
“Of terms of other things on the court, you want to talk about officials and you were at the game, you can draw your own opinion,” Lloyd told BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “I felt, in the last minute, a lot of calls went John Jay’s way. But we put ourselves in that situation. We should’ve never been in that situation.”
The Lady Jets, however, led, 43-42, with 3.3 seconds to go in the game, but John Jay scored with the clocking winding down to give it a 44-43 advantage.
BHSLT had a chance, as it hoisted up a long-range shot with 0.03 second left in the contest but it failed to find its mark, ending its season in disappointing fashion.
The first-year Lady Jets coach chalked up the loss to being outperformed on both ends of the hardwood.
“We didn’t play well defensively, and offensively we struggled,” Lloyd said. “They played a great game. They played harder. They wanted it more. They went after loose balls hard. It was the first time all year we got outplayed. We were playing not to lose, we weren’t playing to win, from our end.”
Kiya Marquez led the Lady Jets with 15 points in the losing effort.