The Port Washington girls varsity basketball team played impressively to capture the rescheduled Lady Vikings Tip Off Tournament.
The extra two weeks to get prepared helped the team defeat Roslyn 60-51 in the opening game. Roslyn was a fierce opponent but Port was able to hang on to a 33-30 halftime lead. Eight players scored for Port with Burgandy McCurty leading the way with 15 points and 15 rebounds and Michelle Kornblau and Danielle Gil each scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Angie Matinale came off the bench with much needed scoring punch hitting two 3's to keep Roslyn at bay. Port went on to score its highest point total of the young season with 60 for the victory.
The next day, Port was pitted against Division whose high octane offense would be a test for the Lady Vikings defense. Despite poor percentage shooting in the first half, Port was only down by 29-25 at the half. The second half, the Lady Vikings came out with pressure man to man defense which stifled and confused Division. Port went on a tear and outscored Division 40-14 in the second half. Limiting Division to one shot in their possession, Port took control offensively and defensively.
Again, balanced scoring by the Lady Vikings was the key. Burgandy McCurty put in a solid offensive and defensive performance with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. She was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Danielle Gil grabbed 7 of her 11 rebounds in the final quarter while putting in 7 points to be named to the All Tournament team. Michelle Kornblau posted her second double digit game in a row with 16 points.
The Lady Vikings next home game is Jan. 7 at 4:30 against league rival Mepham.