New York High School: Shaequana Harris

ESPNNewYork All-New York City girls hoops team

April, 24, 2012
It's been a wild and exciting year for girls basketball in New York City and its time to hand out some hardware. Our high school staff has collaborated to bring you its Big Apple All-City team for the past year. Here's who we saw as the best of the best.

Murray Bergtraum beats JFK, 67-58

December, 16, 2010
BRONX -- Murray Bergtraum guard Ashley Gomez said every time her team plays John F. Kennedy she expects a fight, and her team certainly got one on Wednesday night. No. 3 Bergtraum handed No. 10 JFK its first PSAL loss of the season, 67-58, after host JFK kept the Lady Blazers reeling most of the game.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The Lady Blazers were down by 11 in the first quarter but immediately ran off an 11-point run across the end of the first into the second quarter that tied the score at 26. Bergtraum (5-0) was a completely different team in the second half -- one that forced turnovers when it mattered, controlled the boards and made big shots while JFK’s Shaquaya Daniels tried to single-handedly keep her team in the game.

“You learn a lot about your team,” Bergtraum coach Ed Grezinsky said about the game. “It shows a lot of character. I think this game showed a lot of character.”

Daniels scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half when JFK (5-4) struggled to score. But Bergtraum shut down everything else. JFK’s Shannice Bell hit three three-pointers in the first quarter but Bergtraum closed her out after halftime.

“I don’t think Coach knew about her,” Gomez said. “I think we were shocked at first but at halftime we addressed that.

TURNING POINT: Shaequana Harris struggled with her ball handling early and couldn’t find her shot but the junior guard came up huge when it mattered for Bergtraum. After Gomez scored on an and-one layup, Harris nailed a three-pointer from the left elbow that capped a 6-0 run and gave Bergtraum a 54-49 lead, its largest of the game at that point, with 6:32 left to play. JFK managed just three field goals for the rest of the game.

STAR OF THE GAME: Wherever there was a loose ball, Bergtraum’s Shaniqua Reese was there. The senior, who played guard at Jefferson for two years and then at Oak Hill Academy last year, flourished at the forward position. She finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Reese, drawing looks from Penn State and Seton Hall, was the main roadblock between the basket and JFK’s Daniels and fed teammate Cori Coleman under the basket to extend Bergtraum’s lead to 58-53.

“(Grezinsky) needs me to play the forward,” she said. “I can do it. It’s not that hard.”

Monae Abrams also helped the Lady Blazers under the basket, finishing with 14 points and seven boards.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: When it seemed that Bergtraum would take control, Daniels refused to let her team go quietly. Spinning like a top in the paint, the diminutive guard scored 14 of her team’s 22 second-half points.

“It’s harsh,” Daniels said of the loss. “Honestly I thought we had it.”

QUOTE of the Day: “Unfortunately, the first half, I wish the game was over right there. Ten minutes. Game over.” – JFK coach O’Neil Glenn.

“I bet any team in New York City we beat if we play like that,” he said later.

WHAT’S NEXT: Bergtraum, winners of the last 12 PSAL city championships, takes its undefeated record back home against Truman, Dec. 20. JFK continues a tough week of games, playing Paterson, New Jersey’s John F. Kennedy Saturday and St. Anthony’s on Sunday.