By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY After being defeated in opening round games of basketball tournaments last Wednesday afternoon at Warwick Valley High School, the Livingston Manor girls’ team and Monticello boys’ team were beaten in the consolation games of the tournaments last Thursday afternoon.
In the consolation contest of the Warwick Lady Wildcats Holiday Basketball Tournament, New Paltz defeated Manor, 30-25.
Manor (1-4) jumped out to an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. But New Paltz (1-5) rallied in the second period to take a 17-13 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Huguenots then outscored the Manor Lady Wildcats 13-12 during the second half to record the five-point victory.
Allison Ricci led New Paltz with eight points. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The leading scorer for Manor was senior guard Maggi Calo, who netted a game-high 11 points. She was also chosen for the All-Tournament Team.
Senior forward Victoria Davis scored six points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Wildcats played without starting senior forward Monay Allen, who was sick. Eighth-grader Devon Dutcher took Allen’s place in the starting lineup. The other starters were Ami Calo, Maggi Calo, Victoria Davis and Samantha Scott.
Cindy Zheng, a junior, and Ta Shana West, an eighth- grader, came off the bench for Manor.
“It was a physical game, but the girls on both teams played hard,” Manor Coach Kevin Clifford said. “We had a bad second quarter where we couldn’t get shots to fall.
“It is a very well-run, fun basketball tournament,” Clifford added. “Our girls love going down there and it’s always good to play tough competition early in the season, especially over the [holiday] break.”
Monticello falls to
The Rondout Valley Ganders earned their first victory of the season by defeating the Monticello Panthers, 42-35, in the consolation game of the Warwick Valley High School Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic.
Leading Rondout Valley (1-5) to victory was Ben DeForest, who scored 14 points. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Monticello junior center Rob Riley scored a game-high 20 points. He was also selected for the All-Tournament Team.
Monticello is now 1-5 on the season.