Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball coach Al Viani said his team has a difficult non-league schedule.
The Warriors will get put right to the test Saturday.
Lourdes opened the season with a 69-36 win over John F. Kennedy Catholic in the opening round of Albertus Magnus’ Richard McNichol Turkey Tipoff on Friday in Bardonia. Lourdes and Albertus Magnus, which made it to the Class A state final four last season, will play in the championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday. Albertus Magnus beat Clarkstown South 65-51 in the tournament’s other semifinal.
“Albertus Magnus is a very well-coached team, and they’ve got some solid players,” Viani said. “It’s gonna be a tough battle, they play full-court man-to-man defense.
On Friday, Maddy Siegrist poured in 18 points against Kennedy, while Rebecca Townes contributed with 16 points. Katie Clarke put in 13 points and Abby Weeks chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
“We had good defense right from the start,” said Viani. “We jumped out to a 13-4 lead, but they (Kennedy) cut the lead to six pretty quickly. But we extended (the lead) to 15 by the half, and we held it from there.”
The coach admitted he has a very young team, but he said his Warriors are improving every day.
“The kids keep getting better,” Viani said. “We have a really tough non-league schedule in December that will hopefully prep us for our league schedule come January.”
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