Livecast primer: PSAL Class B girls final
In a rematch of last year’s PSAL Class B final, Scholars Academy takes on Bedford Academy Sunday at 11 a.m. live on MSGVarsity.com.
Defending ‘B’ champions Scholars (25-3) defeated Campus Magnet, Jamaica, American Studies and Gompers to reach Sunday’s final at City College. In the semifinals, sophomore Jessica Glaz scored a team-high 23 points, while junior Taylor Gallagher added 11.
It’s another run to the final for the second-seeded Seawolves despite losing four starters from last year’s squad.
“It’s really unbelievable,” Scholars coach Janet Kleiner said. “It’s not completely a new group. Kristin [Henschel], Kayla [Nolan], Jessie, she was our sixth man last year. They know what it’s like, they want to taste it again.”
The run to the finals has been emotional for Scholars, which has received emotional support from former assistant and Christ the King star Clare Droesch. Despite battling Stage Four breast cancer, Droesch was in the stands at Hunter College, cheering the team on in the semifinals.
“It’s amazing,” Graz said. “Even though she ain’t on the bench, she’s with us in our hearts and in the stands.”
Bedford Academy (20-2) knocked off Bard, East Harlem, William Grady and Queens Vocational to reach the final.
In the semifinal at Hunter College last weekend, Marlisa Pee stepped up in the clutch, scoring seven of her 10 points in the final 2:21 to pace the top-seeded Panthers in the come-from-behind victory.
“Honestly, I’m not the one to go on offense,” Pee said. “But you know when other things happen, other players feeling down, that’s when others have to step up and keep their heads in the game.”
Six-foot-1 senior Brianna Perlmutter had 13 points, including back-to-back layups as Bedford rallied from a 41-33 deficit midway through the third quarter.
“My kids know what it was like last year,” Bedford coach Kendra Nelson said. “That’s their motivation, to come back here and get a different outcome.”