Last season’s painful 44-43 defeat to John Jay in the B Finals was something that was on the collective mind of Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology girls basketball team as it the entered the playoffs back in February.
The Lady Jets did just about everything right, as they played one of its most complete games of the year, rebounding well, playing tough defense and fundamentally sound offense. It led to a dominate 59-32 win over Adams Street Academy in the PSAL B Girls Championship at Long Island University (LIU) Saturday afternoon, helping to vindicate the loss.
“One year made a big difference, in terms of experience,” head coach Michael Lloyd said. “We kind of new what to expect. Last year, we were happy to get there. But this year, we were better prepared. Coaching staff, as well as the kids, were better prepared. We didn’t do a great job of that last year. The biggest thing we did (this year) was game plan. Everybody was locked in, and we played a lot looser.”
BHSLT jumped out to 16-6 advantage in the first quarter, behind seven points by junior point Kiya Marquez.
After a bucket by the Lady Eagles, sophomore Barbara Bruno went strong to the hoop and scored against six-foot-two center Ayanna Brown, reclaiming the Lady Jets’ 10-point lead.
It helped give the team the confidence that it could go down the lane and be successful, without worrying too much about being denied.
From there, BHSLT’s defense locked down while its offense went to work, going on a 13-6 run to give the squad a 31-14 advantage at the break. Six points each from Marquez and Bruno and five from freshman Me Lin Calliste staked the Lady Jets to a 25-point lead (43-18) at the end of the third period.
Though BHSLT held a comfortable margin, it didn’t let up in the final frame, outscoring Adams Street, 16-14, to more than secure the victory.
Marquez drained a game-high 18 points, while Bruno, the game’s MVP who lost a tooth during the action, contributed 15. Calliste added 10 in the championship win.
Bruno said claiming the trophy this campaign makes the relentless effort the entire squad put forth that much sweeter, and makes up for not winning last year
“It feels amazing. All the hard work (we) put in throughout the year just to accomplish it, paid off,” Bruno said. “We kept on coming, we kept on punching, we kept on being consistent, and we kept on bringing it.”
Consider it brought.
The Lady Jets, who are ranked No. 4 in New York at the moment, Lloyd noted, will travel to the State Federation Basketball Finals in Glen Falls, New York, next weekend.
Watch MVP Barbara Bruno go to the hoop for two of her 15 points in the video below.