Thrill of Victory & Agony of Defeat for Defenders at West 4th St. This Weekend

The thrilling victory came on Saturday morning when the FBC Defenders – Coach Stone 16u faced off against Baseline. Defenders used a 12-0 start to pace themselves behind balanced scoring from Shalette Brown, (team high 14), & Alyssa McDonaugh who finished with 11 points. Baseline clawed their way back by halftime, and only trailed by 3, 26 -23. And then Jasmine Walker arrived..! Walker went to work immediately penetrating, passing & scoring from all over the court, while pressuring the guards to create turnovers. Despite a 4th quarter surge from Baseline, the Defenders held on to win with a final score of 57-49.

The agonizing defeat came on Sunday morning when the Defenders fell to Frederick Douglas in overtime.  On this day, it was the Defenders who needed to rebound from a slow start, due to unforced turnovers, and loose defense in the first half of play.  At halftime, the Defenders trailed Frederick Douglas 39-25, and  were blessed with a scathing rebuke from Coach Stone, that seemed to awaken the fighter instinct that was missing in the first half.  The Defenders responded led by the reliable shooting of senior Jasmine Walker (game high – 22points), & Alyssa McDonaugh (11points).  With 5 minutes remaining in the game the Defenders trailed 53-46, and were finally able to communicate on defense, to create stops, and rewarded themselves with easy fast break baskets.  With  1 minute remaining in the contest, and the score tied at 60, both teams treated the crowd gathered along the 20 feet high fence to several electrifying trips up & down the court, that failed to put points on the board.   The 3 minute overtime did not provide many scoring highlights, but did provide a dazzling display of defense at both ends of the court, and Frederick Douglas was able to outlast the Defenders for a 63-62 victory.  The Defenders left the famed basketball court, battle tested, but ready for more battles in the upcoming Championship rounds beginning on Wednesday, August 15th.  Stay tuned for more hoops and heroics, because these ladies are not backing down from any challenges..!

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