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Monday, February 12, 2018

This past weekend, six schools battled for supremacy at the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 2 girls tournament held at Delaware School for the Deaf.

Delaware successfully defended its championship from last year to make it two in a row in a hotly contested championship battle against Rochester, 49-47. The game was decided when the tournament MVP Carolyn Russell scored on a driving lay-up to give Delaware the lead with just a few seconds left in the game. New Jersey took home the third place trophy defeating Rhode Island 29-10 and St. Mary’s finished in fifth place defeating New York State, 22-14.

2018 Delaware GBB ESDAA D2 Champs
2018 ESDAA Girls Division 2 Champions - Delaware School for the Deaf 
(Photo courtesy of DSD)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
New Jersey 52 New York State 12
Rhode Island 23 St Mary's 19

Saturday, February 10 (Semifinals)
Delaware 37 New Jersey 18
Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship
New Jersey 29 Rhode Island 10 - 3rd Place
St Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) Delaware 2nd) Rochester 3rd) New Jersey 4th) Rhode Island 5th) St. Mary’s 6th) New York State.

Most Valuable Player – Carolyn Russell, Delaware

All-Tournament Team
Katie Hence, New York State
Cameron Cole, St. Mary’s
Yasmin Sicaju, Rhode Island
Olivia Collins, Rhode Island
Giezi Teufle, New Jersey
De’Avian Watson, New Jersey
Sara Hopkins, Delaware
JyAjia Bratten, Delaware
Carolyn Russell, Delaware
McKenna Girod, Rochester
Mariana Menzynski, Rochester
Courtney Gentzke, Rochester

Jim McCarthy Team Sportsmanship – New York State
Anne Leo Girls’ Award for Courage – Tatyana Bean, St. Mary’s
Manager Award – Ana Maria Devora, New Jersey
Tom Berry Team “21” Award – Delaware
Anne Kist Team Free Throw Award – Delaware
Kelly Butterworth Lay-up Award – Delaware
Broken Clipboard Award – Head Coach Wendy Chuba, St. Mary’s

rochesterRochester -  Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer

Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8 - Semifinals

The Wildcats traveled to Delaware for the ESDAA tournament last weekend. Our first game of ESDAA tournament was on Saturday against Rhode Island which we won, 30-8. Courntey Gentzke scored 12 points and had five rebounds. McKenna Girod added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship

We entered the championship game on Sunday against Delaware. We had a 21-16 lead at halftime and tried to keep the lead in the second half. However, Delaware overtook us at the end of third quarter, 34-30. We never gave up in the fourth quarter and fought back for a 47-47 tie with just a few seconds left. Delaware’s Carolyn Russell made a drive and scored on a lay-up which gave them a 49-47 lead. We weren't able to score in the final nine seconds of the game. As a coach, I am very proud of my team and I couldn't ask for more from them. They have improved a lot during the course of the season. I really am looking forward to having them back for next season.

RSD (14-6):
Courtney Gentzke: 23 points, 4-of-8 for 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Mariana Menzynski: 7 points, 5 assists
McKenna Girod: 6 points, 13 rebounds

stmarysSt. Mary’s -  Contributed by Head Coach Wendy Chuba

The Lady Bisons traveled to Delaware this past weekend for the ESDAA girls basketball tournament. They played in two games and came in fifth overall.

Rhode Island 23 St. Mary's 19 - Quarterfinals

In their first game Friday night they took on Rhode Island in what turned out to be one of the closest games of the weekend. The Bison had a hard time breaking through the Rhode Island defense and with starter Elise Watson getting sick and missing the second half of the game, the girls had a lot of floor to cover. Though they trailed most of the game by 2-3 points, they never gave up and eventually tied up the game late in the fourth quarter. It all came down to the last minute of play when Rhode Island put in two baskets quickly ending our chance of advancing. Kioney Alvira-Jurado led the team with nine points while Cami Cole and Kearah Kelly both helped out with four each.

SMSD 6-4-3-6 = 19
RISD  7-6-3-7 = 23

Halftime - Rhode Island led 13-10.

SMSD (1-5):
Kara Kelly: 4 points, 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Elise Watson: 2 points
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Julia Bronneberg: 2 rebounds

Team Total FG: 9-31
Team Total 3FG: 0-2
Team Total FT: 1-4

St. Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

After a day of competitions and watching others play on Saturday, we had the first game of the day on Sunday. We took on New York State school for the Deaf for 5th place. Knowing how our last meeting with New York State ended, we made the smart move to start Elise Watson as point guard with Aleyshka Nieves-Rivera, Tatyana Bean, Julia Bronneberg, and Kearah Kelly making up the rest of the roster. The girls played strong against New York State and kept it close throughout the first half of the game. Elise Watson ran into foul trouble early in the game and had to be replaced by Kioney Alvira-Jurado and Cameron Cole at point. The girls took turns this game running against New York State, but coming into the second half our starters quickly took, and maintained, the lead. Cameron Cole led the team with 11 points this game with Kioney Alvira-Jurado adding eight and Kearah Kelly contributing three for the win in this 22-14 victory.

Though they only finished in 5th place the girls showed great sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Senior Tatyana Bean won the Ann Leo award for courage and sophomore Cameron Cole was named to the tournament All-Star team

The girls finished their season with a final record of 2 wins and 5 loses.

SMSD  1-6-8-7 = 22
NYSSD 3-5-4-2 = 14

Halftime - New York State led 8-7.

SMSD (2-5):
Kara Kelly: 3 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals
Emma Foster: 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Tatyana Bean: 5 rebounds
Elise Watson: 2 rebounds
Aleyshka Rivera-Nieves: 1 steal
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Julia Bronneberg: 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block