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Lady Flames' Israel Journal: Edition 10

June 9, 2010  Eilat, Israel  RSS
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Jelena Antic contributed 13 points and a team-high three assists to the Lady Flames' 73-35 win over the Israel Under-20 National Team on Wednesday.

Jelena Antic contributed 13 points and a team-high three assists to the Lady Flames' 73-35 win over the Israel Under-20 National Team on Wednesday.

Below is a journal entry by Jelena Antic and a recap of Liberty's 73-35 victory over the Israel Under-20 National Team during Wednesday's final round-robin contest at the Friendship Games.

DAY 11
As I am writing this, we are on the bus coming back from tonight's "desert party." When I say desert, I really mean that the party took place in the middle of the desert. I'll write more about the party later though.

First, let me tell you how the day started. We woke up around 9:30 a.m. to get ready for breakfast and then head to our game against the Israel U-20 National Team. We were pretty hyped because this game was supposed to be the best one we've played in this whole tournament. For breakfast I ate cereal (some things never change), some fruit, bread and orange juice. Then we went to our practice.

We were supposed to play a game against the team from Palestine, but instead we had a practice, and even got to have some of the Palestinian girls join us in the drills. The practice went well, and it was a lot of fun as we went through some plays and drills. Amber turned out to be a great coach for the Palestinian girls during it too.

Afterward, we went back to the hotel and we had three hours before our "biggest" game against the Israel U-20 National Team, so we decided we should play "UNO" (by the way, this was my first time playing "UNO"). We had around seven people playing, and the game took almost an hour to end, and guess who won? Amber, the CHEATER, hehe.

At 1:10, Mrs. Anne had a little devotional for us. Oh how sweet that lady is, and we all love her.

We then left for our game against Israel. The game was very physical, but nobody messes with the Lady Flames after all that lifting with Coach Williams! During the game, Avery found out about the "European" rules, or maybe they were just "Israeli" rules. Who knows? All we know is that she got a technical foul for screaming at a player while she was going for a lay-up (By the way, she tends to do that a lot. Not that she needs to scream to scare anybody!). It was pretty funny actually. To make a long story short, we won the game by 38 points. Regardless of the score though, the game was played with a better intensity and higher level of competition.

After the game, we went back to the hotel to shower, eat, and get ready for that "desert party." Meanwhile, in that time, Brittany Campbell, Rachel McLeod and I laid out in the sun for about 30 minutes. Tanning will be one of the things we'll miss most about Israel.

At 7:45 we were on the road, heading to the desert party. On the way, we stopped at "Solomon's Pillars" (a place where Solomon got stones for his kingdom). I was pretty amazed by the way it looked. While there, once again the Lady Flames initiated a race to the top, led by the 5-footers (Amber and Emily).

Finally we left and 10 minutes later, we arrived at the party. All of the teams, men and women, were there, joined by the coaches and all of the people who made the Friendship Games possible. We, along with every team, received a trophy for participating in the Friendship Games and working to create lasting friendships among all countries. We danced, socialized and had tons of fun.

As of right now, as I'm writing this, it's 11 p.m. and we're heading back to the hotel pretty exhausted. It's been a long day! As soon as we get to the hotel, we have to finish packing for "HOME SWEET HOME" and go to sleep. Tomorrow we play the Israel Under-20 National Team again in the championship, so we need as much rest as possible to be ready for that and our trip back.

Oh, I don't want to forget to tell you that I'm going straight to my home sweet home, Macedonia, from Tel Aviv, so please pray for me and for traveling safety. I appreciate that. And please pray for the rest of my team too, since they'll be travelling a lot all over as well. That's all for now though. Another journal entry is on its way tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed this one.

- Jelena Antic

P.S. See ya soon, family Antic

NOTE FROM THE SID
The Lady Flames were originally slated to play two games on Wednesday, the final day of round-robin play at the Friendship Games. However, Palestine forfeited its morning matchup with Liberty, leaving the Lady Flames to focus on their game against the undefeated Israel Under-20 National Team.

Liberty posted an impressive 73-35 victory in Wednesday afternoon's clash of unbeaten squads, setting up a Thursday rematch against the Israel Under-20 National Team for the Friendship Games championship. The Lady Flames close out round-robin play with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Israel Under-20 National Team kept things close for a while, trailing only 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Flames gradually pulled away, posting their fourth-consecutive 30-point victory at the Friendship Games. Efficient shooting once again keyed the Liberty triumph, as the Lady Flames sank 65.3 percent (32-of-49) of their field goals on the afternoon.

Devon Brown finished with her most impressive performance of the tournament, notching 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Flames in both categories. The rising sophomore averaged a team-high 14.3 ppg through the four round-robin games. In her last three outings, Brown has shot 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the floor.

Jelena Antic also enjoyed her best showing thus far at the Friendship Games, contributing 13 points and a team-high three assists. Brittany Campbell hit a pair of three-pointers for the second straight game, keying an eight-point effort.

Here are some of the Lady Flames' statistics from Wednesday's win.

Dymond Morgan: 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals
Jelena Antic: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Danika Dale: 4 points, 5 rebounds
Kylee Beecher: 5 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Rachel McLeod: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Avery Warley: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Devon Brown: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Tolu Omotola: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
LaKendra Washington: 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists
Brittany Campbell: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Carra Coy: 1 rebound
Emily Frazier: 1 rebound

Liberty and the Israel Under-20 National Team will face off once again Thursday morning at 10 a.m. (3 a.m. Eastern), in the championship contest of the 2010 Friendship Games.