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Struggling Port Jervis salvages a win

Varsity - 2010 Season
Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Kyle Ross
Retrieved from Times Herald Record Online

GOSHEN: The Red Raiders regrouped to beat Chester in the championship game of the George McGinnis Tournament.
   
   By Marc Davis
   The Times Herald-Record
   mdavis@th-record.com
   
   The shots weren't falling for Tarah Norris and Erin Jenks' for the longest time.
   The Port Jervis seniors weren't the only struggling players on the court. Chester's offense also sputtered for much of last night's game, though the Hambletonians led 16-9 at halftime.
   Norris, a center, and Jenks, a guard, kept plugging away despite their early struggles. Their persistence paid off. The two combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter as Port Jervis pulled out a 40-33 victory in the championship game of the George McGinnis Tournament.
   Norris finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jenks had 11 points.
   "We were just not hitting our shots," Jenks said. "The shots weren't falling. It was frustrating."
   Jenks was named the tournament's most valuable player. Norris earned a spot on the all-tournament team, along with Chester's Jaimie More, Goshen's Colleen Williams and Marlboro's Jessica Pezzo.
   Marlboro defeated Goshen 34-29 in the consolation game. Renee DeLuca had 10 points for Marlboro. Katie DePalma had 10 points for Goshen (0-2).
   Port Jervis (2-2) hopes to build on its two wins in the tournament. Those two victories loom large considering what the Red Raiders went through last season.
   They were 3-2 when their best player, Tonjee Ward, relocated to North Carolina. Ward is now playing for Division I St. Francis (Pa.).
   The Red Raiders finished the season 3-15.
   Norris and Jenks were starters on that team. They talked about how much they don't want to go through a similar experience this time around.
   Norris emphasized how the players don't want to "look back, (but) look forward."
   Norris and Jenks are two of five returning starters. The Red Raiders' next face Monroe-Woodbury Monday at home.
   "We have a lot of girls coming back," Norris said. "We feel we've pulled together. We're a team that can compete with a lot of teams."

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