On Friday, Feb. 11, the Lady Vikings Varsity basketball team tipped-off against Herricks in their final home game of the season. As expected, this game drew a huge crowd made up mostly of students who came to watch their Vikings finish the season and also to see the last time the seniors on the team would play in the Schreiber gym. Despite the home court advantage, the support of a large crowd, and 7-3 record (superior to Herricks 3-7 record), the Vikings met defeat in this hard fought game.
The game got under way just a few minutes past seven on Friday evening. The two teams matched up evenly in the first quarter with neither team never very far ahead of the other. Each basket was countered by one from the other team; it was the type of back and forth playing that is seen only in basketball. This type of play continued throughout the quarter and it eventually ended with Herricks in the lead 9-7, a mere basket separating the two teams.
The next quarter was the exact opposite of the previous one. Instead of the two teams going one for one throughout the quarter, Herricks got up momentum and rolled over the unsuspecting Vikings. Port's sophomore star, Sarah Walsh, who is usually one of the team's leading scorers, missed shot after shot from the top of the key where she usually has lethal accuracy. At the end of the quarter the score was 18-8 with Herricks sitting on a substantial 10-point lead.
Unlike most games, at halftime this night there were no dazzling performances by Port Step or by the pep band. The fans were quiet. A somewhat premature feeling of defeat had settled upon the crowd, a feeling which given the Lady Vikings impressive record was new to many of the fans. Perhaps this lull in the energy at halftime carried over into the third quarter where Port suffered a similar fate as they did in the previous quarter. Herricks this time finished the quarter with a score of 13-7 giving them a 40-29 lead in the game.
Whether it was out of anger, or they just came out, "fired up" as Port's Coach Joannon said about her team, the Vikings dominated in the final quarter of the game. The team's high scorer in this game, senior Stephanie Castillo, who had 15 points including two 3-pointers, made shot after shot from the sides in this quarter. Port senior, Chantelle McCurty grabbed all the rebounds she could get her hands on and took away Herricks' opportunities for second shots. By the end of the quarter the Vikings had 21 points, six more then Herricks who only had 15. Despite their impressive showing in the fourth quarter this game still ended in a 55-43 Port loss.
This game was the last one at Schreiber for seniors, Stephanie Castillo, Chantelle McCurty and Erin Cohen. They will be missed greatly by both the team and the fans. The Vikings play their final game of the season away against Lawrence on the 15th.