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December 09, 2016
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Engaging time and distance

The Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats won their second consecutive Class D girls basketball title with a 26-19 wins over Eldred. Manor advances to the NYSPHSAA semifinals on March 16 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy to play the winner of the game between Section III and IV.
Photo by Jonathan Hyman

In Class C girls action, Tri-Valley (14-6) edged Rhinebeck 44-37 at home before losing a heartbreaking semifinal to Chester 45-42 in overtime. After a rocky first half, the Lady Bears roared back in the second half to gain a two-point lead twice in the game’s waning minutes. With the overtime winding down, two crucial inbounds turnovers afforded Chester the win on a three-point shot with four seconds remaining. Tri-Valley had the ball with 10.5 seconds and the score tied, but failure to inbound the ball within five seconds gave the ball to Chester. Tuxedo narrowly defeated Chester 52-49 for its third title since 2009, its sixth since 2002. Monticello (9-10), greatly hampered by injuries, fell to Goshen 61-24 in a Class A quarterfinal. The Tri-Valley boys (12-7) defeated Chester 61-51 in a home quarterfinal using a trio of late treys from Rodney Jester to reverse an early 12-point Chester lead. Jester had 12 points in the final frame, a great showing of clutch play in the nick of time.

Time was not a factor in the semifinals as Pine Plains, the number-one seeded Class C team in the state, routed the Bears 74-37. The Bombers went on to decimate S.S. Seward 68-41 to claim their third consecutive Section IX title. Time also ran out on Sullivan West’s season, as the Bulldogs (12-7) were routed by Ellenville to the tune of 73-45. Fallsburg defeated Millbrook in a home quarterfinal by the score of 69-63 as senior Rakkir Watson posted 45 points. Watson would accrue his 1000th career point in the Comets’ 72-37 loss to S.S. Seward in the Class C semifinals. Eldred (5-15), the number-four seed among Class D boys, knocked off top-seeded Chapel Field 65-49 before being ousted by John A. Coleman Catholic 74-31. It was Coleman’s sixth Section IX Class D title in the past seven years.

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