But now the transfer student is helping the Patriots form a new legacy.Elenis scored six of her 13 points and had a pair of key steals and an assist in the fourth quarter to lead Francis Lewis over South Shore, 54-49, Friday afternoon in Brooklyn in the first round of the PSAL 'AA' playoffs."I've heard that we've never lost in a first-round game," Elenis said. "We put it in each other's heads that it wasn't going to happen today -- it couldn't happen."As Lewis pressed, the junior stole the ball with 2:19 left and dished to junior Chrissy Toth under the basket for a layup to tie the game at 49. Eleven seconds later, Toth had a steal and found Elenis for a basket to give the ninth-seeded Patriots the lead and then, with 1:45 left, Elenis hit a short jumper to extend the lead to 52-48. That was all for No. 8 South Shore."I get on her a lot, but she can take it - you have to know who you can yell at," Francis Lewis coach Mike Eisenberg said. "She's got some talent and today this may have been her best game all year."Only junior Sylvia Davis got major minutes from last season's PSAL runner-up team. But the point guard had one of her worst games of the season against the Vikings, scoring only 3 points. It was Elenis and sophomore Andree De Leon who stepped up in her stead."Everyone just looked for each other, tried to play together," Davis said. "Everyone stepped up."The win sets up a fourth straight meeting with top-seeded Murry Bergtraum March 4. This time, though, it's in the second round of the playoffs at Hunter College, not the finals at Madison Square Garden.Even with the graduations of stars Vionca Murray, Diatiema Hill, Kristina Ford and Shatira Miller, Francis Lewis still plans on making noise. But beating Bergtraum was hard enough even without all that Division I talent."Everybody (was) thinking, 'You're going to make the playoffs and lost in the first round,'" senior Michele Runko said. "No. We brought ourselves from nothing to something, I think, big."
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