LREI 8th Grade Girls Basketball

With the Jets out of the playoffs, the Knicks looking like they are headed for another losing year, and baseball season months away, where am I getting my sports fix these days?

Right here in Greenwich Village (and throughout the independent school’s of NYC).

Our kids go to a great school in Greenwich Village called LREI (Little Red Elizabeth Irwin).  Although its not known for being a jock school, things are changing.

In particular, the 8th Grade Girls Basketball team that Jessica plays on is making a tremendous run through its season.  They are 7-2 right now and playing some incredible games.  All of the girls are playing great, led by Gloria who is a terror on the boards, KK who owns the paint, Vio who plays tenacious defense and has the touch from outside, and Jess who runs the plays.  They are aided by a group  girls who come in and contribute at key times.

I don’t get to see all of these games but I manage to make at least one game a week.

I missed yesterday’s game at UNIS (the United Nations International School).

And it was another thriller.  The LREI girls were down 8 (21-13) with one quarter to go and posted a furious rally (I got this from The Gotham Gal who was there).  KK fouled out but Gloria and Vio just shut UNIS down.  They rallied to tie the game with 13 seconds to go. 

Jess_free_throw Jess rebounded a missed free throw by Gloria with 13 seconds to go and got fouled and went to the line. 

She missed the first but made the second and the girls in red won again.

Kid’s sports are so great.  My girls play in a weekend basketball league called GVYC that I’ve blogged about before and Josh plays soccer, basketball, and baseball. A lot of people think living in the city means you don’t have great sports for the kids, but my experience is the exact opposite.