Chester again Defeats Lady Bears
A strong defense, rebounding and control of the inside lanes by Chester along with Tri-Valley Lady Bears turnovers resulted in a 58-46 Chester win Tuesday night at the home of the Lady Hambletonians.
The first quarter of play started with a slow scoring pace and at the 5:55 mark the score was still tied at 2-2.
Chester finally went ahead 4-2 at the 4:44 mark and increased their lead to 8-2 at 3:48. That lead was pushed to 10-2 as the clock clicked down to 2:54.
Tri-Valley finally got on the board to make the score 10-4 but a three-pointer by Chester's Ashley Georges pushed the lead to 13-4 with under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Bears came storming back after the Georges' trey and posted six points while keeping Chester off the scoreboard as the quarter ended in Chesters favor 13-10.
Tri-Valley's first quarter ending scoring spurt didn't last very long as Chester racked up 14 points in the second quarter to the Bears 3 points for a commanding 27-13 Chester lead. The Lady Hambletonians forced a number of Tri-Valley turnovers in this quarter and displayed a balanced scoring attack.
A couple of three pointers by Tri-Valley's Katlynn Greffrath and balanced team scoring helped Tri-Valley edge Chester 18-16 in the third quarter but it was evident at this point that Chester would record their second win of this season over the Bears.
Tri-Valley fans remember well the December 14 overtime (61-56) loss at home to Chester and both teams had entered Tuesday night's game to see who would become the dominating team in the league this year.
The win for Chester clinched at least a share of the OCIAA Division V title.
The teams each scored 15 points in the fourth quarter with Tri-Valley being led by Greffrath with 8 points off a three pointer, a foul shot and two 2 point scores.
Greffrath led the Bears scoring with 20 points followed by Caroline Martin with 9. Simore Ayers had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Chester.
Tri-Valley's record is now 9-4 overall and 3-2 in league play. Chester is now 9-3 overall and 6-0 in league competition.
Tri-Valley's No. 32 Caroline Martin goes up for a rebound in the Bears 58-46 loss to Chester Tuesday night at Chester.