Al Viani was one very pleased coach after his Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball team beat host Albertus Magnus 67-54 in the championship game of the Richard McNichol Tipoff Tournament on Saturday.
“It’s really a great start for us,” Viani said. “We played two very tough teams. To come out 2-0 and play well, I’m very proud of the way they played.”
Emily Ferreri scored 26 points to earn tournament most valuable player honors for the Warriors (2-0), who finished 16 for 20 from the free-throw line. Paige Decker scored 13 points to earn a spot on the all-tournament team, and Nora McElduff collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“We shot the ball very well. Offensively, for this early in the season, I’m very happy with how we played. We had four people in double figures (Saturday) and three (in Friday’s tournament semifinal). We’re getting a lot of contributions,” Viani said.
Mary Riley was the fourth Warrior in double figures, scoring 13 points, and was credited with holding Manhattan College-bound Maeve Parahus to no field goals in the fourth quarter.
“She was playing very tenacious defense and was not letting her get any good looks,” Viani said.
Lourdes will have an off-day today before beginning its preparations on Monday for Wednesday’s game at John Jay-Cross River.