On Friday afternoon, the girls’ basketball team renewed their rivalry with Port Jeff in a home scrimmage. The teams played five quarters of 10 running minutes and wiped out the score and fouls after each frame. The Bears won three of the five frames, winning by an aggregate of +18.
The Bears quickly built a 10-3 lead behind two 3-pointers from Beth Felix and a pair of layups by Wura Obasanjo. The Blue & White defense fueled the attack, forcing a shot clock violation and a five second violation, while yielding two steals. Felix capped the quarter with a third 3-pointer as the Brook won the opening frame, 13-3.
The Royals found their rhythm in the second quarter, racing out to a 13-4 lead, a pair of Bekah Detwiler layups the Bears’ only offense to that point. Felix connected on a fourth trifecta to close the Brook to within 7-13, but the Royals took the frame, 15-9 (Stony Brook +4 on aggregate).
The Royals built an early 4-6 lead in the third quarter before Felix’s fifth 3-pointer gave the Brook a brief 7-6 edge. Port Jeff retook an 8-7 lead with a bucket, then stretched the advantage to 11-7 with a 3-pointer, but consecutive 3-pointers from Felix and Niamh Scanlon gave the Bears a 13-11 lead they would not relinquish. A Liz Robbins jumper extended the lead to 15-11 before Obasanjo capped the quarter with a layup at the buzzer as the Brook took the period, 17-13 (Stony Brook +8 on aggregate).
The fourth quarter was the most hotly contested of the five frames. The Royals opened with a six-point spurt that was finally stemmed with a Felix floater. The Royals extended their edge back to 8-2, but consecutive layups from Obasanjo, who was a force on the offensive boards all afternoon, cut the Bear deficit back to two before a Scanlon fastbreak layup knotted the game at 8-8. The Royals led 9-10 with just 11 seconds left when Felix dropped in a floater to take a brief 11-10 lead. Port Jeff responded with a jumper at the buzzer to take the frame, 12-11 (Stony Brook +7 on aggregate).
Layups from Scanlon and Felix opened the fifth and final frame. A turnaround floater by Felix gave the Brook a 6-2 lead before her seventh 3-pointer pushed the lead to 9-4. Following Felix’s fifth block of the day, Obasanjo scored putbacks on consecutive possessions to give the Bears a 13-4 lead. Detwiler capped the scoring with a layup as the Bears took the quarter, 15-4 (Stony Brook +18 on aggregate).