Harvey’s girls varsity basketball team lost 65-35 to Edgemont High School Saturday in the championship game of the 16th Annual Dan DiVirgilio Memorial Tournament in Tarrytown. The Cavaliers, making it to the tournament final for the first time in school history, came home with the second place trophy from the event hosted by the Hackley School each year.
Competing against larger public and private school teams, Harvey entered the tournament as underdogs, but an impressive win against Cathedral Thursday in the first round, sent the Cavaliers to their first ever trip to the championship game.
Edgemont’s Panthers dominated play throughout most of the title game, building up a 41-17 halftime lead, relying on a relentless defense. “We struggled to modify our offense to work against Edgemont’s effective man-to-man defense,” said Harvey coach Christina Binns. “There was great chemistry working against us on the court, but I thought our girls held their own against a young but well-established group of Edgemont players,” said coach Binns.
Harvey had better success in the third quarter, outscoring Edgemont by six points, but the Cavs saw any hopes for a comeback dashed when Edgemont outscored Harvey 18-6 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and win the 1st place trophy.
Senior Dani Oddo followed up her 23-point performance Thursday with a game-high 19 for Harvey against Edgemont. Senior Julia Mallon chipped in eight points. Oddo and Mallon received All-Tournament honors.
Junior Courtney Warren led Harvey in rebounds with six and steals with four. Newcomer Ally Walsh saw some significant action, scoring two points, collecting three rebounds, and recording one blocked shot and one steal. “Ally’s play was notable for a newcomer,” said assistant coach Melissa Zeffer. "I thought she held up against the pressure and showed great instincts on defense," coach Zeffer said.
Harvey gets back to regular season play Wednesday when the Cavs host HVAL rival Forman. Coach Binns thinks playing in the Hackley tournament helps her team prepare for the regular season. The coach said, "I’m so proud of the girls that we made it to the championship round, and we’re optimistic for competition within the HVAL."
Harvey’s record stands at 2-1.
(Photo upper right, Varsity captains Nikki Johnson and Julia Mallon receive the team's 2nd place trophy. Photo below, Dani Oddo and Julia Mallon display their all-tournament certificates as coach Binns holds team's 2nd place trophy)