The Woodbridge High School girls basketball team will compete in a four-team tournament Dec. 20-22 in Nassau, the Bahamas.
The Vikings (6-0) open up Thursday against the Connelly School of the Holy Child (Md.) at 11 a.m. followed by a game Friday against Jordan Prince (Bahamas) at 2 p.m. and a game Saturday against Chartiers Valley (Pa.) at noon. The team, which is staying at the Atlantis resort, then comes home Sunday.
The players raised money through working camps over the summer.
“This is a big-game experience. We were trying to give kids who may never play in college to use hoops as a vehicle,” Woodbridge head coach Tamika Dudley said.
KSA Events put the tournament together. Woodbridge has attended KSA tournaments before.
“The girls will get a good opportunity to do something they’ve never done before,” Dudley said.
Woodbridge has tested itself this season against out-of-state opponents with good results.
The Vikings beat Boca Raton (Fla.) and Paul VI (N.J.) this past weekend at the She Got Game Classic in Maryland, 70-59 and 54-43.
Woodbridge’s biggest win so far was Dec. 7 when it defeated host Paul VI 47-40. Paul VI features Woodbridge resident Ashley Owusu, a Maryland signee considered the nation’s top senior point guard. Woodbridge trailed for much of that game, but relied on its defense to keep Paul VI in check. Owusu finished with 10 points.
With a number of national recruiting analysts and media in attendance at the Art Turner Memorial Classic, Dudley said her team started off nervous in that atmosphere against Paul VI.
“If we held them to 40, we thought we had a realistic chance of beating them,” Dudley said. “Our defensive pressure disrupted them.”
The Vikings are at Colgan Tuesday in a Cardinal District game before leaving Wednesday for the Bahamas. Woodbridge is allowing 44.8 points a game.
Junior Aaliyah Pitts leads the Vikings in scoring (14.3 ppg) followed by junior Vanessa Laumbach (10.7).