By Rob Potter
GRAHAMSVILLE Tri-Valley girls’ basketball team is spreading the wealth and that is putting Coach John Tenbus at ease.
“Last year if we scored 55 points in a game, Jakki Pugh would have about 22 of them,” Tenbus said of Pugh, who was the Lady Bears’ leading scorer last season and graduated in June. “This year, we need to have balanced scoring. Tonight, we had that balanced scoring.”
Tenbus was referring to his team’s methodical 64-39 victory over Fallsburg in Friday night’s Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V basketball game in which nine players scored, three in double figures.
“We had balanced scoring on offense and played great defense,” Tenbus said. “Everybody who played got a lot of minutes.”
T-V (6-0, 4-0 Div. V) got off to a quick start by outscoring Fallsburg 19-7 in the first quarter. The Lady Bears steadily increased their lead over the next three quarters in cruising to the 25-point victory.
Caroline Martin, Sabrena Smith and Katlynn Greffrath led the Bears’ well-distributed with 16, 15 and 10 points respectively. They also came up with 19 steals as a trio, Smith had eight of them.
Mareena DiMilia and Keira McHugh scored six points apiece for T-V. DiMilia grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The top scorers for Fallsburg (6-4, 1-3 Div. V) were Sheryl Pinder and Kelsey Moody. Pinder netted a team-high 16 points, while Moody registered a double-double with 13 points and 21 rebounds.
“We couldn’t handle their pressure defense,” Fallsburg Coach Daniel Redmond said of the turnovers the Lady Bears caused. “They are a very good team. They are better than I thought they were.”
Redmond also praised his Lady Comets.
“They really played hard tonight,” he said. “They kept competing every minute and there was no quit in them.”
Fallsburg Lady Comets top Roscoe Lady Blue Devils
ROSCOE Last Monday night, the Fallsburg Lady Comets earned a non-league basketball victory on the road.
The Lady Comets took a 17-6 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 58-37 victory over the host Roscoe Lady Blue Devils.
Kelsey Moody scored six points and Celia Garcia netted five points as Fallsburg (6-3) took an 11-point advantage in those eight minutes.
The Lady Comets extended their lead to 27-9 when Sheryl Pinder swished a 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining in the second period.
Hunter Browne scored 10 points to help Roscoe (1-6) outscore Fallsburg by a 15-12 margin in the fourth quarter.
Pinder scored a game-high 28 points, including a trio of 3-point shots, to lead the Lady Comets’ offense. Moody finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Garcia added seven points.
In addition, Pinder had seven rebounds, five steals and three assists, Garcia made eight steals, Nyasia Harris grabbed 11 rebounds and Shanice Mack had 10 rebounds.
“We played very well,” Fallsburg Coach Daniel Redmond said. “This was our most complete game this season. Both defensively and offensively we played well.”
Browne paced Roscoe with 20 points. Brittany Klinger added eight points for the Lady Blue Devils.
“He’s got a really nice ballclub,” Roscoe Coach Becky Ahart said of Redmond. “He has done a nice job of working with them. They are a really talented team and he should be proud of them.”
Ahart also lauded her players.
“We played hard for all 32 minutes tonight,” she commented. “I did not see our girls give up at all. They were competing every minute.
“I have a very nice group of girls this season,” Ahart added. “They will continue to work hard and get better.”
Fallsburg: 17 10 19 12 58
Roscoe: 6 6 10 15 37
Fallsburg (6-3): Sheryl Pinder 28; Kelsey Moody 11; Celia Garcia 7; Shanice Mack 6; Kerri Winters 3; Diana Presti 2; Nyasia Harris 1
Roscoe (1-6): Hunter Browne 20; Brittany Klinger 8; Callie Bullis 4, Samantha Bingay 3; Alli Francisco 1; Mollie Browne 1.