The Edwards Middle School girls’ basketball team overcame a poor opening half Friday afternoon at the Shelburne Community Center to cap an undefeated season with a city championship.
“It feels good -- hard work pays off,” said seventh grade forward Asya Sullivan, who was named MVP after a 29-22 victory over the Curley School.
But after falling behind, 12-9, at the break, Edwards didn’t seem to be on the way to a 12-0 season.
Sullivan, who tied for a team-high 9 points (along with eighth grade guard Aneytra Williams), said the girls remained positive at halftime and had to “just play our defense how we play in practice.”
Much of that defense was provided by sixth-grade guard Dasiah Thorton (12 steals and 7 rebounds).
“We just played hard and played defense,” said Edwards coach Laurence Ollivierre. “That’s our theme: scholarship, teamwork, intensity, and confidence. That’s what we’re all about. We believe in working hard. ”
Curley (8-4) was led by eighth-grade guard Iriani Casimil, who scored most of her game-high 15 points on baseball passes heaved in transition despite injuring her groin in the semifinals Thursday.
“I knew eventually they would run out of gas, so I just wanted to keep playing our game,” Ollivierre said of Curley’s transition game. “I made a few adjustments [at halftime] and told them to stay with [Casimil].”
Curley coach Geju Brown said his team was hurt by foul trouble down the stretch. He also noted that after knocking off the No. 1 seed on his side of the bracket (the Edison School) in Thursday’s semifinals, beating another undefeated team was going to be a tall order.
“They came a long way,” he said. “You can’t run up against the No. 1 seed twice. We were hoping to get some luck and have someone else beat them on the other side of the bracket. I’m really proud of them. They played their hearts out.”
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