SAR came into the championship game with an 11-1 regular season record, having defeated Heschel (#4 seed) and Central (#2 seed) on the way to the top.
As the varsity teams entered the TABC gym packed with fans, the SAR team cheered on their underclassmen, as the SAR JV team pulled away and won the JV championship game.
The SAR Sting started strong. They gained a fifteen point lead early in the first half, with Sophie Hecht (senior) hitting threes and Samantha Horowitz (freshman) making her presence known in the paint. Point guard Adira Orbach (sophomore) led the team with four assists in the first quarter, and shooting guard Davida Krauss kept SAR in the lead with her tenacious defense. SAR began to press Flatbush, but the Falcons had an answer and the lead was cut to eight at halftime.
Flatbush came out in a man to start the second half, and SAR struggled to convert on the offensive end. The Falcons took advantage and, coupled with Sting foul trouble, with four of their starters committing four fouls a piece, with five minutes left in the game SAR found themselves down seven. Sara Morris came in off the bench and played strong defense inside. The aggressive play of Rebecca Hyman (senior) brought them back, as she attacked the basket and hit clutch free throws down the stretch, to tie up the game with a minute left. With only one foul left to give, Horowitz reentered the game and hit some key shots to secure the win. SAR took the game away in the last 60 seconds and won 57-53.
Orbach ended the game with 13 points, Hecht with 12, Hyman with 11, Hannah Schwabe with three and leading scorer Horowitz 18, including perfect shooting from the free throw line. Hyman was named game MVP. This was SAR’s second consecutive varsity championship victory.
By Sophie Hecht and Rebecca Hyman