At this moment, what more can the girls varsity basketball team ask for? An almost perfect regular season record, leading up to a major upset in the playoff game against Heschel and the ultimate win against Ramaz in the championship game on Sunday March 22.
With only two loses in the regular season, the NSHAHS girls varsity basketball team comprised of Zoe Barth, Elana Glasser, Perri Finkelstein(capt), Jillian Lev, Polina Hakimi, Rossella Kalaty, Rachel Orbach(capt), Rachel Greenberg, Katie Peyser, Ariella Gomolin, and Hannah Vilinsky played with a lot of hard work and great deal of heart. They were also fortunate enough to have a welcomed addition to the team, Rachel Solomon, a former high school graduate as the assistant coach and manager. She was not only a great player but a wonderful friend to the girls as well.
The road to victory for the North Shore Stars was not an easy one. The team fought valiantly throughout the entire season. The girls' spirits were lifted when they defeated Frisch in the first round of the playoffs by only 4 points. The team had lost to them over the past 3 consecutive years in the playoffs! The next hurdle was playing Heschel in the semi-finals, a team they had lost to two times in the regular season. With only 14 seconds left on the clock, North Shore and Heschel were tied. Rachel Greenberg (forward) inbounded the ball to Ariella Gomolin (point guard) who looked at the time counting down and passed the ball to Jillian Lev (wing). Jillian took the ball straight to the hoop, scored at the buzzer to put North Shore up by 2, and they won, going on to the championships.
The championships were March 22. Nerves ran through the whole team as tip off approached. The game began. Tied at halftime, the girls knew they needed to step it up. With only two minutes left in the game, North Shore was up by one point. Not satisfied with this lead, North Shore scored another 4 points to finally win the championship by 5 points. Perri Finkelstein had just played the game of her career! Winning MVP meant a lot for her and for the entire team. The score was 51-46, and the NSHA girls varsity basketball team won the championships.
For the seniors, this was the perfect ending to a high school career. For juniors, a victory had been achieved and they were very proud to be part of this amazing team! The girls basketball team could not have done it this season without the help of their coach David Wolf.