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TRI-VALLEY’S KAYLIE ACKERLEY dribbles the ball as she decides whether to pass it to a teammate or drive past Fallsburg’s Crystal Pettway during the first quarter of Thursday night’s game.

Tri-Valley Holds
Onto the Lead

By Rob Potter
FALLSBURG — February 7, 2006 – The Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V girls’ basketball game played on Thursday night at Fallsburg Central School was almost even after the first eight minutes of play.
After six lead changes, the visiting Tri-Valley Lady Bears held a slim 12-11 lead over the Fallsburg Lady Comets at the end of the opening quarter.
In the second period, T-V (4-13, 2-3 Division V) gradually extended its lead and held a 20-13 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Bears outscored Fallsburg (1-11, 0-5 Div. V) 22 to 8 in the third quarter and went on to record a 53-26 victory.
Miranda Benevides and Cynthia Seibert paced the T-V offense. Benevides, a junior, scored a career-best 15 points and Seibert, a senior, netted a career-high 12 points.
Senior forward Heather McArthur added seven points for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Comets’ were led by forward Crystal Pettway, who recorded nine points.
T-V used tough defense to create steals and cause Fallsburg turnovers during the key third quarter.
With 6:41 remaining in the stanza, Pettway made a 3-point shot to bring Fallsburg to within five points at 22-17.
But with 5:58 remaining in the quarter, Benevides scored a layup on a fast break and was fouled in the process. She then swished her free throw to give the Lady Bears a 25-17 advantage.
Ten seconds later, Benevides scored again to give T-V its first double-digit lead at 27-17.
T-V extended its advantage to 24 points late in the period.
“We had a tough game against Livingston Manor on Monday night and we talked about it at practice on Tuesday,” said T-V Coach Karen Furman, referring to her team’s lopsided loss to the host Lady Wildcats in a non-league contest three nights earlier. “The past two days, these girls have been working very hard.
“Our passes have been a lot better and our defense has improved,” Furman added.
Furman noted that Benevides had “her best game of the season.” In addition to her game-high 15 points, Benevides made five steals.
“They played really well tonight,” Fallsburg Coach Les Hyde said of the Lady Bears. “It was their night.”

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