The final of the women’s State Cup was over in a flash: one hour and 37 minutes all told. That’s because Hapoel Petah Tikva coach Gili Sela used just two timeouts, while his opposite number – Maccabi Ashdod’s Adni Dagan – didn’t call even one. He didn’t need them, because this was the most one-sided final for the past three decades.
Ashdod scored the first seven points and from that moment on, the margin just got bigger and bigger.
At the start of the final quarter, Ashdod was 34 points ahead. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that Dagan wanted to give all his players a few minutes on court, the winning margin would have been even more embarrassing.
Instead, he made do with a 95-68 victory and his team’s second consecutive State Cup triumph.
Ashdod is in a league of its own when it comes to women’s basketball. The team is unbeaten all season.
The difference can be seen in the quality of players at its disposal and the way that it plays as a cohesive unit. After the final buzzer, Sela was full of praise of the winning team.
“I’ve been a coach and a player for many years,” he said, “and I have yet to encounter a team that guards as well as Ashdod.”
The final was watched by just 700 fans, including 100 or supporters of the Ashdod and Petah Tikva pro soccer teams, who led the cheering throughout the game.
Ashley Shields was Ashdod’s top scorer with 22 points, followed by Charde Houston and Danielle Adams.