By Suzan Morshed 19’
It is true that all good things must eventually come to an end. The Midwood Lady Hornets women’s basketball team saw its 2016-17 season come to an end on March 1st. in the first round of the Public School Athletic League Double “A” Tournament. The 11th-seeded Lady Hornets dropped a 59-44 decision to sixth-seeded Monmouth Manhattan Center at Manhattan Center High School.
“Midwood definitely put up a fight, and that’s what prompted us to come together and secure the lead,” said Manhattan Center’s Nancy Pham ‘19.
Midwood appeared initially to have control of the game by leading much of the first quarter. Manhattan Center enjoying the comforts of home, fought back, and by the end of the first quarter, pulled even at 12-12. After some back and forth by both teams, the score going into the half was 23-18.
During the halftime intermission, Midwood seemed deflated, but Coach Mike Moore’s adjustment speech encouraged his team to keep their heads up and assured them that there is a lot of basketball still to be played.
“Ladies, you are the higher seed playing a playoff game on the road in an environment filled with our opponents crowd supporting them. You have nothing to lose, on paper you are supposed to lose. Go back out there and leave everything out on the floor and let’s see what happens,” said Mr. Moore.
The third quarter displayed both teams scoring the ball with neither team able to pull away and at the end of the quarter the score read 34-29. At the start of the fourth quarter, Manhattan Center came out with a lot of energy and at one point, increased the lead to 14 points. The resilient Midwood team fought and clawed back to tie the game at 40-40. The run appeared to unite the Manhattan Center Lady Rams and sparked a 19-4 run of their own to secure a 59-44 win for the Lady Rams.
Mr. Moore stated, “That is a veteran coach over there (speaking of the Manhattan Center: Coach Bradley) with a bunch of athletic, and determined girls behind her.”
That night the better team won, however, our girls never gave up and at times had the upset in their sights. The other side was led by sophomore guard Nancy Pham ‘19 and junior guard Nia Menerville ‘18, both with 12 points.
Midwood’s senior guard, Abigail Weiss ‘17, led the team in scoring with 18 points.
“This is not the way I wanted to end my high-school career. We all could’ve played better and that’s going to hurt for a while,” said Weiss.
Finishing off her last game of her high school career, center Alia Abdelhameed ‘17 said, “Overall, I think we played really hard the whole game but unfortunately we didn’t manage to keep our spot. We made sure not to give up, because the game isn’t over until the clock says 00:00. There are a lot of things that I think we could have carried out better, but that’s what practice is for, so hopefully we won’t repeat the same mistakes in future seasons.”
With six players sophomore aged or younger returning to the team next year, the future seems to be bright for the young team.