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Port girls find the range

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

Ward, Carroll, Hess help secure title

Staff Writer
WASHINGTONVILLE – The Port Jervis girls' basketball team is not just the Tonjee Ward show.
Ward, who averages 23 points a game, scored 25 for the Red Raiders last night against Washingtonville. But Port Jervis also proved it has depth.
The Red Raiders received a lift from their perimeter game as seniors Jill Carroll and Rachel Hess stepped up. Carroll and Hess combined for 33 points and seven 3-pointers as Port Jervis downed Washingtonville 72-65 to claim the OCL American Conference Division II title.
Port Jervis (14-5, 7-1 OCL) will meet OCL American Conference Division I winner Middletown for the American Conference crown on Saturday at Orange County Community College in Middletown at a time to be determined.
The Red Raiders were 5-14 last year.
"It's so exciting from being nothing last year to the top this year," said Hess, a third-year varsity player. "It was important that we all worked together and pulled through as a team. People think that Tonjee is going to go on the inside a lot and we pulled it through on the outside."
Washingtonville held an 18-14 lead after one quarter, and then Hess caught fire. The senior, who finished with 17 points, nailed 5-of-7 shots, including three 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Red Raiders opened a 37-31 halftime lead.
Carroll, who finished with 16 points, made two of her four 3-pointers in a 12-4 Port Jervis run to start the second half.
"They have not been shooting a lot the last few games and they're shooters," said Port Jervis coach Luann McCarthy. "Washingtonville did not come out, and when nobody comes out on them they're going to shoot the ball."
In the their last game against Minisink Valley, the Red Raiders lost a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in a 59-57 overtime loss. Port Jervis was not going to relinquish another lead last night.
Ward, a junior transfer from Delaware Valley, Pa., notched five consecutive points to put away the game after the Wizards (10-7, 4-4 OCL) closed the Red Raiders' lead to 61-57 with 3:56 left in the game. Ward was 8-of-18 shooting from the field. She also had seven steals and six rebounds.
"We learned a lot from the Minisink game," McCarthy said. "They did not fold under pressure and I thought against Minisink it was the first time all year that we did lose our composure. Tonight we didn't."
Lauren Cash had 25 points, eight steals and five assists for Washingtonville.

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