After a disappointing end to the season last year, when the JV basketball team lost in the first round of the playoffs, the girls were excited to return to the court united and stronger than ever. Under the amazing guidance of coaches Keni Ashby and Atara Polinsky, the team practiced about four hours a week, beginning two months prior to their first game. Their coaches provided this team of freshmen and sophomores with the skills and inspiration to allow them to prosper in the season to come. All the hard work and effort led to the team’s victory against the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn on Sunday 11/10/13.
The game opened with amazing shots from Racheli Zirman, Alissa Felder and Gabi Lerner. Blocks, steals and great plays allowed for an outstanding game. At half time, the Ma’ayanot Rapids had an eight point lead over Flatbush. After the half, both teams were able to score many points, but the Rapids played tough defense and amazing offense to ultimately take the game. Ma’ayanot finished on top with a final score of 34-26.
This basketball team has the potential to win many more games this season, and will continue to work hard in order to do so. The Ma’ayanot Rapids have yet to win a basketball championship, and this team of great players, led by their amazing coaches, are hoping to make Ma’ayanot history and be the first team to bring that championship basketball banner home to Ma’ayanot.
By Shana Adler