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Tri-Valley girls ‘Movin On Up' to the postseason

Ed Townsend - Reporter/Photographer
Posted 2/4/20

Tri-Valley 51

Sullivan West 35

LAKE HUNTINGTON -- The Tri-Valley Lady Bears basketball team could very well be singing the Jeffersons' theme lyrics, “We're Movin On Up,” following their …

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Tri-Valley girls ‘Movin On Up' to the postseason


Tri-Valley 51

Sullivan West 35

LAKE HUNTINGTON -- The Tri-Valley Lady Bears basketball team could very well be singing the Jeffersons' theme lyrics, “We're Movin On Up,” following their 51-35 league victory Friday night over the Sullivan West Bulldogs.

The win automatically takes them into the Section 9 playoffs near the end of this month.

In post game remarks Tri-Valley coach Gary Ter Bush noted, “This is the earliest we have earned a spot in the playoffs in a long time.”

Sullivan West jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in the early minutes of the first quarter but the Bears scoring got on track at the 4:02 mark as they tied the score at five and went on to take a slight 9-8 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of play.

Seeing the need to light up the scoreboard and increase their one-point lead Tri-Valley, behind the six-point scoring of senior guard Jordan Carmody and four points from senior forward Victoria Swett, outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 to take a nine point halftime lead of 24-15.

The halftime closed with Tri-Valley junior guard Rebecca Musa and Sullivan West's Kerintin Burr each scoring back-to-back treys with seconds remaining on the clock.

Scoring as a result of tight defense by the Bears continued to be a problem for Sullivan West in the third quarter of play as Tri-Valley outscored Sullivan West 13-7 to take a 15-point 37-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

Team scoring with each player clipping the net for points helped the Bears to increase their lead.

The final eight minutes of play saw Tri-Valley and Sullivan West swap hoops with the Bears outscoring the Bulldogs by one-point, 14-13, giving Tri-Valley their final 16-point lead and the 51-35 victory that guarantees them the opportunity to dance on the sectionals playground later this month.

Both teams kept their turnovers to a minimum with Sullivan West committing 14 to Tri-Valley's 11.

The highlight for the Bulldogs in this game was the outstanding three point shooting of Brielle Arnott who canned one in the first quarter, one in the third quarter and four in the fourth to lead her team in scoring and the leading scorer for both teams with 18 points.

The game plan for Sullivan West in this contest was to limit the scoring of Tri-Valley's leading scorer Swett who was limited to eight points, but Musa and Carmody really picked up the scoring pace with Musa pouring in 17 points off two treys, four two-pointers and three foul shots and Carmody popping the nets for 15 points off one three-pointer and six deuces.

Sullivan West Coach Pat Donovan in post game remarks said, “We were a more aggressive squad tonight and we had a game plan coming in and we executed it but Tri-Valley's Musa and Carmody stepped up after we shut down Swett and I give credit to those two girls who just played great.”

Ter Bush was more than thrilled with the victory saying, “We clinched a chance for the sectionals and we are now 8-3 and the girls can relax a little and just play their game.”

“I'm very happy for the girls and Rebecca Musa and Jordan Carmody really stepped up as they were blocking out my big girl Victoria Swett,” Ter Bush added.

Tri-Valley has a number of non-league games remaining on the schedule and will play league leader S.S.Seward at home on Friday, February 21 in the last scheduled game of this season.


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