BY, ITALO TASSARA
This XvsX basketball final of the women’s season in the XvsX league was a slaughterhouse at the YMCA Van Nuys.
The money was up for grabs in the women’s championship for a cool 3,500 dollars. The lights were bright, the stands were packed, and the music was bumping. But we really needed some milk instead of Gatorade because it was all Cookies during this basketball game. The cookies held no punches in this boxing match/basketball game and the basketball court was getting hot! It was a very fast TKO in the first quarter, you would have thought Mike Tyson was out there with the rock. This game was all milk and cookies, all Oreos and chips ahoy all sugar cookies.
Take your pick of cookies, but they were all sweet and good! Layups and the shooting were on point. The cookies were amazing, the defense reminded us of Ja Morant!
They completely dominated this game from the tip-off, they shot threes, had great back screens, controlled pace, and the entire momentum of the game. Cookies have been playing hard all season and this was the night that they put it all together. Arial controlled the pace and found the open players. Ashley was raining threes all night, they looked like the Golden State Warriors as they shot well and moved the ball excellently. It felt Casper the friendly ghost was guarding her. She was the MVP but she couldn’t have done it without her teammates. All cookies plyers added to the achievement of the season.
The coach played a great part also by getting them hyped and calling the right plays and not letting them get down earlier in the season. To be fair, the Pandaz started the game with only four players. That was a bad move and a gutsy move. Hearns, one of the great players for the Pandaz this season wasn’t able to make the game, she usually brings the basketball up the court and gets the Pandaz in rhythm with her shake and bake offensive moves. The Pandaz went down double digits in this first quarter, and the Cookies never looked back. For the Pandaz #20 Pandaz – Candyse played well in this game but they were just overwhelmed from the big hole they got themselves in during the first half. She and #32 Thompson would show lots of heart and effort in this loss. Great sportsmanship in the XvsX women’s championship. But it was all Cookies in this game. Cookies won with a final score 97-68. Congratulations to the Cookies for playing so great this season. And congratulations to all the ladies playing the sport we all love.
#8 Cookies -Benton was tearing up the lane with her strong drives to the basket. Her first step blows by defenders and on the open court, she is hard to stop.
#22 Cookies – Arial played one of her better games in the championship, her long braids wouldn’t get in the way of her game, she found open player the rock all night and she has a way of finding her teammates the ball in their sweet spot.
#2 Cookies- Ashely was truly a marvel to watch, she hit big open shots all year and this game was not anything different. I thought her shots would hit the top of the gym followed by a rainbow. Some NBA jam-type fire shots. She hit a 4 pointer at the buzzer for the cherry on top!
#24 Cookies – Jada played with lots of hustle and grind in the paint, she hit a beautiful hook shot in the paint.
#2 Pandaz -Mazzeo hit two 4 pointers in this game along with a three, it must have been her James Harden basketball sneakers.
#20 Pandaz – Candyse played well in this game but they were just overwhelmed from the big hole they got themselves in during the first half. Her and #32 Thompson would show lots of heart and effort in this loss. Great sportsmanship on the basketball court in the XvsX women’s big championship game.
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