FBC Defenders (Stone) Open West 4th Street Tournament with a Decisive Win

It was a hot and humid Sunday morning, but FBC Defenders (Stone) opened the West 4th Street tournament with a decisive 41-23 win against the Rising Stars.  Walker grabbed the opening tip and took it in for a layup to start the scoring.  The Rising Stars answered with an outside jump shot for 2, but Shalette soon countered with a driving layup.  Tia grabbed a rebound and put it back up for 2, to put us ahead 6-2.  Everyone contributed with Ashanti hitting outside for 2, then a 3, followed by  Shari sinking a 3.  Walker hit for another 2, followed by another 3 from Ashanti which closed out the first quarter at 19 -5.

While the offense was clicking, the tough defense was even more impressive.  The Defenders were executing extremely well on defense, maintaining their composure in the face of some rough play and trash talking at the Cage.  Tia was a dominating presence in the center, with a block that stopped the Rising Star’s attack.  Janean had a steal, which she promptly turned into a layup and 1!   We finished the first half with a solid 26-7 lead.

The strong D continued in the 2nd half with Walker and Shari tying up the opponents with a jump ball.  Shalette blocked a shot, then converted an inbound pass for 2.  We did start to slow down in the latter part of the game, no doubt a result of the oppressive heat and playing short-handed with only six players.  Walker closed out the game with a 3 to bring us to the final 41-23.

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