Gayle Silverstein didnt have to look too far for inspiration after struggling to find her shot in the first half Tuesday afternoon.
In black felt marker, the junior on the Bayside girls basketball team scribbled the words No Fear on the back of her hands as well as the phrase, Its Only in My Head, borrowed from her favorite band No Doubt, on the inside of her right forearm.
Heeding Gwen Stefanis words of wisdom, Silverstein shook off the early cobwebs and buried back-to-back threes to ignite an 11-2 run at the start of the third quarter to lead the Commodores to a 66-51 win over visiting Beach Channel in the second round of the PSAL Class B playoffs.
Silverstein scored 12 of her team-high 15 points from three-point range as No. 5 Bayside (22-4) advanced to the B quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Commodores will play Sunday against either Van Buren or Park West, who played in a game scheduled for Wednesday, at Lehman College.
In the beginning I came down and missed a three and two technical foul shots, and I was nervous that Id stay cold all game, Silverstein said. But you cant let that hold you back no fear. I couldnt allow my teammates to get down.
Silverstein, who plays on Baysides first rotation, a substitution pattern that best resembles a hockey line change, picked up where the second group of five left off at the end of the second quarter. Led by Shakia Woods, who scored seven straight points, the Commodores went on a 15-3 run to take a 27-17 lead with 1:09 left in the half.
To score 66 is nice, but Im not satisfied with it and I dont know if [my team] is either, said Bayside coach Steve Piorkowski. Id say we had a C-plus offensive game but defensively we were a B-plus, A-minus.
After falling behind by double digits early in a 45-37 loss in the teams previous meeting Jan. 17, Beach Channel (15-6) hung with Bayside early, taking a 12-5 lead on Katreem Palmers three-point play off an inbound pass.
But after scoring eight of her teams 12 first-quarter points, Palmer, who scored a quiet 21 points, was held in check the rest of the way by Baysides aggressive box-and-one defense and the added pressure on Dolphins point guard Chaquit Ivory, who had 15 points.
We just started turning the ball over a lot, we didnt keep our head in the game, said Palmer. We got stops but we werent able to score after the stops. Turnovers lose games.
Bayside was overaggressive, according to Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario, Jr., who received a technical foul for hammering that point into the officials with 1:46 left in the first quarter.
They were reaching and holding the whole game, Nazario, Jr. said. I tried to bring it to the officials attention and when they dont do anything about it, this is what happens.
This, was a heated confrontation between players from both teams just after the final buzzer. Beach Channel players and fans were escorted out of the gym, but were followed by a contingent from Bayside and a brawl nearly broke out in the hallway.
Frustrations boiled over outside of Bayside High School about 10 minutes later when a melee broke out between fans from both schools. Police from the 111th Precinct were called but no arrests were made.
Grand Street Campus 62, Forest Hills 52. Monet Johnson had a triple-double (16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) and Kenya Kirkland added 18 points and 6 assists for No. 2 Grand Street Campus (24-3) Tuesday. Katie Gilbert had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Forest Hills (14-3).
Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by email at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.
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