Two quarterfinal sectional basketball wins by the Tri-Valley boys and girls teams Monday night at Grahamsville were fueled by steals and the scoring talents by sophomore Caroline Martin and the outstanding three-point scoring accuracy of senior small-forward Rodney T. Jester.
Martin put her best foot forward in the girls game against Rhinebeck scoring 15 points to lead the Lady Bears to a 44-37 win.
The low-scoring contest is attributed to sectional play when defense overshadows offense as was very clear in the first quarter of play with Chester outscoring the Bears 7-5 as Tri-Valley got scores of two-points by Mareena DiMilia and three by Nicole Bradley.
Martin took control in the second quarter scoring nine points as Tri-Valley outscored Rhinebeck 17-9 to take a 22-16 halftime lead.
Defense again played a leading role in the third quarter of play with Rhinebeck outscoring Tri-Valley 10-8 cutting the Bears lead at the end of the third quarter down to 30-26. Tri-Valley scoring was evenly divided with two points each scored by Katlynn Greffrath, Sabrina Smith, DiMilia and Martin.
Defense and almost even scoring by both squads in the fourth quarter gave the Lady Bears the edge outscoring Rhinebeck by three-points, 14-11 with Martin adding four, Bradley two, Smith two, Greffrath five and DiMilia one.
Both teams committed 11 turnovers.
Tri-Valley entered this game as the fourth seed while Rhinebeck was the fifth seed.
Martin led Tri-Valley with 15 points and five steals, DiMilia hit for seven points and had 16 rebounds, Greffrath had 10 points and Bradley scored seven points and contributed withe 14 rebounds.
Samantha Cassata led Rhinebeck with 15 points.
Tri-Valley coach John Tenbus gave high praise for Martin's play and for his team doing a good job of setting an on the ball screen and setting up better screens.
Rhinebeck finishes the season at 8-9 while Tri-Valley advances with a 14-5 record.
Tri-Valley girls were scheduled to play Wednesday night at top-seeded Chester.
Tri-Valley fans were awarded the second win of the night in the boys contest against Chester
thanks to the fourth quarter scoring talents of Jester who entered the game late in the third quarter with a severe head and chest cold that he went home with immediately after school to get some bed rest and arrived back at the gym just in time for his teams warm-ups.
During warm-ups it was apparent Jester's three-pointers were finding the mark and with Chester leading by two points at the 5:39 mark in the fourth quarter Jester scored his first of three trays, added a deuce and a foul shot for his 12-point fourth quarter total. His third tray came at the 3:18 mark to push the Bears lead to 49-44.
Defense was again very evident in this game also as Chester outscored Tri-Valley 11-10 in the first quarter and 18-10 in the second quarter to take a halftime lead of 29-20.
Cody Exner scored six points for the Bears in the first quarter and Jesus Lozada led Tri-Valley scoring efforts in the second quarter with seven points.
Tri-Valley coach Brian Tingley changed his man to man defense to a zone starting the second half and it paid off with Chester only scoring eight points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter while the Bears scored 12 in the third and 29 in the final eight minutes of play.
Chester took a 37-32 lead going into the fourth quarter .
Shatic Smith got into the scoring column in the third quarter with nine points in the third quarter and added nine more in the fourth.
Adding to the Bears fourth quarter scoring besides Jester and Smith were two by Lazada and six by James Pugh.
Smith led Tri-Valley's scoring attack with 18 and Pugh and Lazada each had 11 points.
Chester's scoring was led by Brandon Sadlier with 22, Lawrence Young with 11 and Nick Seabrook with with 10.
Tri-Valley entered this game as the third seed and Chester was the sixth seed.
Coach Tingley said a key to the win was "changing to the zone defense and adding Jester's fresh legs in the late third quarter."
Chester coach John Marsilio credited Tri-Valley for "battling and having great resolve and the zone in the second half made us take some bad shots."
Chester finishes the season at 9-9 while Tri-Valley continues at 12-7 when they play Pine Plains, the state's top-ranked Class C team at 6 p.m. at Pine Plains Wednesday night.
Pine Plains has not lost a home game in three years and will features a college Division 1 pick in Tyler Lydon.
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Tri-Valley's small-forward senior Rodney T. Jester shows his three-point shooting form in an earlier game this season and which earned his three trays and 12-points in the fourth quarter of the Bears quarterfinal sectional 61-51 win Monday against Chester.
Tri-Valley's small-forward senior Rodney T. Jester gets an individual press interview by SportsinsightsNY reporter Richard Ross following Jester's 12-point fourth quarter scoring off three trays, a deuce and one foul shot which proved to be a deciding factor in the Bears win over Chester 61-51 in the quarterfinal sectional game Monday night.
Tri-Valley sophomore guard Caroline Martin scores two of her team leading 15-points in the Bears quarterfinal 44-37 sectional win over Rhinebeck Monday night at Grahamsville.