The Slam Dunk Tournament was a chance for Irvington to display its star power with superb performances from Brittni Lai and Lexi Martins.
Wednesday’s 65-49 win over an aggressive and disciplined Pearl River team was a chance for the Bulldogs to showcase contributions from all their starters.
“Despite the performances that me and Brittni had, our other teammates did just as good of a job,” the Lehigh-bound Martins said. “In the sense that if (the defense) is doubling down on our post moves, we can kick the ball to Ryan (McMahon), Alyssa (DiCampli) or Lauren (Chafizadeh) and it’s a wide open shot.”
Martins was the dominant performer, finishing with 34 points, and Lai and DiCampli made key contributions in adding 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Pearl River scored the game’s first basket but Irvington responded with the first of it’s two 11-0 runs.
“It was an off day shooting, it was an off day on defense and it was just an off day overall,” Pearl River’s Missy Scognamiglio said.
Pearl River scored the first basket of the second quarter and trailed 18-15 before Irvington unleashed another surgical 11-0 run in less than two minutes.
“That’s something that you can sporadically see in our games,” Martins said. “We will go on points where someone will hit a 3, we’ll get a defensive stop, someone will get a layup and then Brittni (Lai) or Ryan (McMahon) will get a steal. It’s kind of how our offense works.”
The Pirates, who averaged 59.2 points per game coming into the contest, never got closer than 18 points in the second half.
“Irvington played very good defense,” Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan said. “They controlled the tempo of the game and they took us out. They defended really well and we had too many giveaways.”
With Martins (6-foot-2) and DiCampli (5-10), Irvington (10-1) routinely had the two tallest players on the floor.
“We were definitely matching up in man because with zone, that would give (Pearl River) the opportunity to shoot the ball,” DiCampli said.
The Pirates (8-2) are gearing up for two games in five days against a superb North Rockland team.
“There’s a lot of good competition with Tappan Zee and Albertus (Magnus) in Rockland but it’s nice to come over the bridge and see a new type of game,” Scognamiglio said.
Amanda DeCourcey finished with 12 points and both Sam Alicandri and Scognamiglio scored nine points.
“It’s good to see these different teams and to see what we now need to do against different types of players,” Pearl River’s Jenna Scanlon said.