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South Shore buries Midwood in potential playoff preview

January 23, 2015 By Michael Dominguez Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Maryland University commit Brianna Fraser scored 14 points in South Shore's 72-24 victory over Midwood High School on Wednesday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.
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In a battle for first place in the Brooklyn AA Group 1 division, the South Shore Vikings beat the Midwood Hornets 72-24 in Midwood on Wednesday night. With the win South Shore holds on to first place with a 10-1 record and Midwood drops to 9-3.

“We always have to crawl out of here because this is a tough place to play,” said Vikings head coach Anwar Gladden. “We just talked about trying to be dominant heading into the playoffs and they looked good today.”

South Shore opened the game up with an 8-0 run and led 24-5 after senior Samantha Bellinger hit a three pointer within the final minute of the first quarter. After such a big early lead, Midwood was not able to get back into the game.

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“Coach told us to come out, play hard and attack first and that’s what we did,” said Brianna Fraser, who led South Shore with 14 points and nine rebounds. “We also knew not to take them lightly.”

South Shore does not typically have such big opening quarters. Gladden suggested that a recent lineup change that now includes two freshman guards, Earlette Scott and Destiny Philoxy, was key to coming out strong.

“We made some adjustments to our starting lineup,” Gladden said. “We actually had two freshmen starting. Every game we were playing we were down early and were forced to keep coming back. Hopefully this solves that problem.”

Scott scored four points with eight rebounds and Philoxy scored two so the duo were not exactly offensive powerhouses, but Fraser said they helped improve the chemistry on the floor. “They’ve been doing great in practice and the chemistry with them on the court has been really good,” Fraser said.

South Shore has now beaten Midwood twice this year, but the two teams are not likely finished with each other this year. They will probably face one another in the playoffs where Midwood will be looking for revenge for these two losses and for knocking it out of the playoffs last season.

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