The BSK under 13 girls basketball team started their 2012 ISACK campaign on fire with four consecutive victories. The girls enjoyed victories over such ISACK opponents as ESF, NES, KES and TEA. The season was running very smoothly, up until the last regular season match when the girls travelled to the other undefeated ISACK team in The English School (TES). This regular season finale went all the way down to the last seconds, and the outcome was decided by an improbable shot by a TES player in the waning seconds.
After this 18-16 loss, the girls had a decision to make before the playoffs began and that was to forget about the loss and improve their skills and team chemistry in practice or fold and decide that they were the second best team in the ISACK.
The team wisely followed coach Lidija’s leadership and basketball philosophy of training hard and encouragement to build stronger team chemistry after the loss to TES. This was evident in the girl’s semi-final match against KES as all cylinders were clicking on offence and defence and this ultimately led to 42-15 victory. This victory put the girls into the finals against none other than the same TES team that had beaten them in the last seconds during the regular season.
TES had control of the final game for 38 of the 40 minute contest. With two minutes left they led 26-21, and it was at this point that coach Lidija called timeout and implemented a full court press defence. This proved to be a brilliant call as the girls were able to get several steals and easy baskets to tie the score up at 26 and force overtime. In overtime it was the Anja Knjaseva show. Anja scored two huge baskets to seal the ISACK Under 13 girls' Championship 30-28. The trophy is now taking pride of place in the BSK trophy cabinet and the team members have become role models for the future BSK stars.
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