The fifth seeded Port Washington Lady Vikings defeated the 12th seed Herricks Lady Highlanders 57-31 in the Nassau Class AA first round playoff game Friday evening, led by Rachel Rosen’s triple double.
Rosen recorded 10 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds as Port Washington advances to the quarterfinals.
Rebecca Rosen added 11 points and six rebounds while Tyler Owens and Emma Waxman combined for 32 points for Port Washington.
Alannah O’Shea led the way for Herricks by posting nine points.
Port Washington head coach Dennis Trottier said their biggest key to victory was keeping Herricks’ top players in check and putting a lot of pressure on the opposition.
“The girls came out passionate and played intense,” Trottier said. “Our game plan was to stifle their ball handlers and they really stuck to it. They all worked as hard as they possibly could all game.”
Herricks head coach Jon Lavas said Port Washington’s quick transition game was too much for them to handle but the girls worked hard and fought till the end.
“We came out hard but you gotta tip your hat to a team that plays well,” Lavas said. “We didn’t hit a lot of shots and we played defense twice as hard. This is one of the hardest working group of girls that you could ever come across.”
Port Washington jumped out to a commanding 21-5 lead in the first quarter.
Owens paced Port Washington’s attack with 10 points.
Waxman and the Rosen sisters rounded out Port Washington’s opening quarter offense by combining for 11 points.
Owens said riding a fast start helped set the tone for the rest of the game and allowed them to control the pace with their up-tempo style of play.
“It’s really important,” Owens said. “Every time we get to halftime, we slow down. We did not get into a funk and kept it up-tempo the whole time.”
Herricks outscored Port Washington 16-14 in the second quarter but trailed 35-21 going into halftime.
O’Shea led Herricks’ offense with seven points in the first half. She hit three two pointers and went 1-2 on the line.
The Rosen sisters led Port Washington with 11 points in the second quarter.
Rebecca went 2-2 on the line and added both a shot from the interior and three point range, while Rachel scored a couple of baskets.
Rebecca finished the first half with 10 points while Rachel recorded eight.
Trottier said the sister’s chemistry on the court is strong and always gives the team a chance to win.
“The Rosen sisters work beautifully together,” Trottier said. “They’re both very athletic girls. They work on their offensive game and defensively, you can’t ask for more from two athletic girls who play three different varsity sports.”
Rachel said a big factor in her triple double performance was playing aggressive and sticking to the game plan.
“I think just being aggressive was the most important part,” Rachel said. “Getting the rebounds and moving up the court fast enough is the way we love to play. Once we do that, nothing can stop us and that’s what we proved here.”
In the third quarter, Port Washington outplayed Herricks 11-4 and led 46-25 heading into the final frame.
Waxman led Port Washington with eight points in the third quarter by posting four field goals.
Port Washington outscored Herricks 11-6 in the fourth quarter and went on to win 57-31.
Owens led Port Washington in the final quarter with four points. She went 2-2 on the line and added a shot from inside the arc.
Owens finished the second half with seven points and totaled 20 for the game.
Weekly Girls Basketball Scores
Tuesday, Feb. 14
St. Mary’s defeated St. John the Baptist 73-50.
Kadaja Bailey led St. Mary’s with a double double by recording 20 points and 20 rebounds. Allanah Bradford scored 15 points while Daijah Martin added eight for St. Mary’s.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Mineola defeated Great Neck South 53-52. Meaghan McCaffrey, who led Mineola with 19 points, converted on a layup with 6.9 seconds left to give 16th seeded Mineola a 53-52 lead over 17th seed Great Neck South in the Nassau Class A out-bracket game.
Victoria Venus posted 12 points for Mineola. Kristen Renta and Jordana Ovadia led Great Neck South with 12 and 11 points respectively. Mineola will face top seed Elmont Thursday in the first round.
Floral Park defeated Garden City 54-49. Natalie Hickman led fifteenth seeded Floral Park by recording a double double with 20 points and 12 rebounds over eighteenth seed Garden City in the Nassau Class A out-bracket game.
Marykate Guerriero added 13 points and three assists while Aideen Gil had seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Floral Park. Floral Park will face second seed North Shore Thursday in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Thursday, Feb. 16
North Shore defeated Floral Park 76-42.
Gabrielle Zaffiro led second seeded North Shore with 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists over fifteenth seed Floral Park in the first round of the Nassau Class A playoffs while Ashleigh Sheerin added a double double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Marykate Guerriero and Natalie Hickman led Floral Park with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Sewanhaka defeated Glen Cove 68-52.
Destiny Hurt led third seeded Sewanhaka with 34 points, six rebounds and three assists over fourteenth seed Glen Cove in the first round of the Nassau Class A playoffs. Kate Weinschreider added 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Sewanhaka will host sixth seed Mepham in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Elmont defeated Mineola 75-46. Kem Nwabudu led top seeded Elmont with a double double of 18 points and 10 rebounds over sixteenth seed Mineola in the first round of the Nassau Class A playoffs. Meaghan McCaffrey led Mineola with 17 points.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Carle Place defeated Wheatley 60-37. Abigail Selhorn led top seeded Carle Place with 18 points while Leah Burden added 16 points and Giana McKeough and Caroline McLaughlin led the defense in its Nassau Class B semifinal win over fourth seed Wheatley.
Allison Lamonica and Julia Braito led Wheatley with 15 and eight points respectively.